Evangelina, a wise woman of the pueblo, and my friend Jeanne
True Confession: I am not Catholic but my closest spiritual advisor and dear friend Jeanne, is. She is a Sister of St. Joseph and is the most wise, kind, funny, witty, dedicated and bravest woman I know. She has been a Sister since the tender age of 17 and marked her Jubilee (50 years) as a member of her congregation 2 years ago. You do the math. I will tell you, I was honored to attend her Jubilee; it was a wonderful celebration of her life's journey.
I can't tell you what the lure of the Sisters and Congregation of St. Joseph's is for me. Perhaps it's their history which dates back to 1650 France. Back in the day, they were lace makers. Maybe the lure is just my friendship with Jeanne, though I can honestly say, I've never met a CSJ sister I haven't liked. That Jubilee I attended was my first and I hope it isn't my last; the sisters know how to throw a party!
In January, Jeanne pulled up her stakes here and once again, took off on a mission. This time, she went to Nicaragua to work with people in need. I convinced her she needed to blog her experiences and here and there, she does. She sends interesting blog posts and pictures to me. I upload her words onto her own blog. As determined as she is, she just can't get the hang of Blogger. That's neither here nor there but just interests me. I'd be bereft if she didn't need me anymore to manage this one simple thing for her. By doing this, I continue to feel very connected to my friend. I'm hoping to get her to write about some of her past positions. She has fabulous stories of her days in Peru as a Mother Superior. These days, she is focused on the here and now and how she can best help those suffering in horrible poverty.
Her post today has sparked something in me. I want to buy the women she works with a farm animal. Although the men of Nicaragua benefit from her mission, the focus of her mission is primarily on the women in her community. I'm hoping she'll tell me how to go about this purchase. I'm thinking, something that can earn its keep. A critter that would give milk and offspring. And wool. A sheep! Yes, I want to buy sheep. I don't know how much sheep cost in Nicaragua and I'm hoping it's in my budget. It would be nice to buy a boy and a girl because offspring would be tough without both. If it isn't affordable, well, I'm not unused to raising money for such worthwhile organizations. I've been known to throw some pretty fabulous bake sales. She needs to let me know how to go about this and I'll go about the scrounging part.
So Jeanne, what say you?