UPDATE: Magnificat was nice enough to send me a second gift app, so I was able to pull two winning names, and they are: (Ta-da!)
Shauna Anderson and MMR. Brian Sullivan was the first pick, but I shouldn’t have included him, because he has an android. Offered an Ave for you, Brian!
I have emailed you both with your appropriate codes. Enjoy!
Congrats, and thanks very much to everyone who donated. The sisters are very grateful, indeed!
Some may have noticed me, in social media, recommending the 2013 Magnificat Advent App, which every year gets better and includes more cool stuff. This year, along with the morning/evening/night prayers they compile (psalms, short readings, intercessions, etc), the daily lectionary, their excellent meditations, they have included recorded Advent chants, blessings, Advent blessings, instructions on the O Antiphons and more. It’s a chock-a-block little app!
Because I am a sucker for all things Magnificat (this beautifully wrought, book of meditations by Benedict XVI is one of my favorite gifts to give and most fruitful personal reads), I of course downloaded the app right away, but today in my email I found that Magnificat was sending me a freebie. When I thanked them and said I already had it, they suggested I hold a raffle.
What a good idea, right? So here’s what I want to do: do you see the little “Donate” button near the bottom of this page? Anyone who goes visits the Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery and makes a wee donation — say $5 (or more if you like)– will be entered into the raffle.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Anchoress, it’s a .99 cent app, why would anyone want to donate more than that to enter?”
It’s a good question. I’ll give you a choice of answers:
*** Because it’s Advent and they’re nuns — each consecrated as “a house of prayer and a temple of intercession” — who pray for our good, just because they want to!
*** Because maybe you missed #givingtuesday yesterday and want to make a small donation somewhere, in order to warm the cockles of your heart in days of lengthening shadows!
*** Because God is never outdone in generosity!
*** Because you want to give me a present for Christmas (you know you do…) but I am remote and only reachable through your screen. Donate to them and I’ll feel gifted!
*** Because they remember the intentions of their benefactors every day, and if you donate to them, you become a benefactor.
*** Because Magnificat is cool.
How will I select the raffle winners?
I think we can be on the honor system, here, don’t you? I mean, who is going to lie about donating to nuns, which would be a wicked thing to do.
So, you make the donation, drop a note here in the combox that the deed is done (you needn’t tell the amount, although you can if you want to) and at noon on Friday December 6 (Feast of Saint Nicholas!) I will put all the names in a hat, and pick the winner.
Easy-peasy and you do something nice for this lovely community of nuns of hard-praying, hard-working nuns. How about it?