Our Buds gathered for our last November meeting ready to put the virtue of Love of Neighbor into action in a whole new way...using the virtue of Industy too!
We began our meeting by adding another picture of the Blessed Mother to our binders. The girls have quite a collection of beautiful images of Mary to inspire them to live a life of virtue.
Then we were off to the kitchen!
Our service for this meeting was baking cookies for our local Missionary Sisters of Charity soup kitchen. The Missionary Sisters spend their whole lives serving others, dedicating themsleves to hard work and sacrifice for the good of other people. And our girls had an absolute blast emmulating this virtue. They all did such a fantastic job of working together to get their recipe made and into the oven on time.
There were definitely some interesting techniques to cookie baking in the kitchen with these gals...
The girls were all promised ONE cookie as a treat when the task was complete, so in the oven went all the pans and into the gym went all the girls. As we waited for the cookies to bake, we played a game which reminded us that we need to try to recognize Jesus in everyone we meet...even in those strangers we don't know, and that we must reach out to Jesus by being a good neighbor to everyone we meet...even those we don't know! Our hands are the hands of Christ. He uses us to do His work!
We played "Who Loves You".
One Bud was "it". She had to sneak up behind another Bud and say "I love you" either in her own voice or the voice of a "stranger". The Bud in the chair had to see if she could recognize her neighbor. The girls got very creative with disguising their voices...interesting that Christ can sometimes be just as creative when He disguises the way He comes to us in our daily lives!
The revelations Christs bestows on me as I watch these girls is sometimes overwheming. I learn so much more from them than they do from me!
The cookies came out of the oven just in time for each Bud to take one home and all the Moms stayed to box them up for the soup kitchen...over 10 dozen in all. Great job Rose Buds!
Keep planting seeds...