Our retreat ended last night with a festive supper. (Sr Laura Rosemarie was the retreat cook; I'd like to annoint her as "the Next Food Network Star" for the consistently creative and delicious meals she prepared for us all week long.) Up until yesterday the weather was perfect; we didn't even have to use the air conditioning once. (Good thing, because one of the units burned out in an electrical failure. Plus, it keeps the bills down!) Yesterday it rained all day. Kind of continued this morning, too. But we're inside anyway, cleaning the place up for this weekend's big festivities for the Jubilee celebrations of our sisters: Sr Mary Nazarene's 60th anniversary, four Golden Jubilarians and two Silver (Sr Helena and Sr Kathryn). Lots of relatives coming.
I hope we can manage to distinguish between the relatives and the uninvited throngs who have been trooping through our yard all week. The place is really peaceful--until nightfall. And then come the denizens of the dark. Not the "ghosts" of this allegedly haunted retreat house, but the thrill-seekers who trespass here on a regular basis. Thursday night, while I was sitting under a reading lamp with a book, two groups passed under the open window of my room, chattering away obliviously in that remarkable Boston accent. The first group even brought a toddler along! ("No, Tommy, don't touch that. Here, do you want a cookie?") Most of these "tourists" just walk around and leave, but others can't resist marking the territory. This has been going on for a long time. We only now returned a lovely statue of Our Lady to the pedastal from which she was thrown some twenty years ago. (We kept the empty pedastal in place all those years.) A solar-powered light was positioned in front of the statue. Within days, the lamp was destroyed, the battery stolen and the solar cell defaced. I'm just waiting for the Blessed Mother to go down again. The Lourdes' grotto was the scene of another incident, and I'm told that the crucifix has also been desecrated. I hope they get poison ivy.
Maybe I need to make another retreat!!