Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and it is also the birthday of St. Madeleine Sophie. I took the habit on this day 69 years ago. That is a long time ago, but I remember my parents coming all the way from St. Louis on the train, staying in a hotel and then taking a cab to and from the convent. I had a dreadful cold but did my best to hide it. My parents went to New York afterwards and sent me a huge box of toys from Macy's for Christmas and we had such fun playing pick-up sticks, jacks, etc. on Christmas day.
Our Lady of Guadalupe has always been close to me as I had made the pilgrimage to her shrine when visiting in Mexico City when I was sixteen. Then, when I took the habit on her feast, I thought that was special and perhaps she had something to do with my being sent to the missions straight from final profession in Rome. I do know that Our Lady has always been there for me when I turn to her.
I had no internet access yesterday so could not write my blog.