Because of the Spirit of the Season

Writer Julie Cragon runs the Saint Mary’s Bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee. She shares with us this reflection from her blog.

Guest Post by Julie Cragon
Sister Sally, a Daughter of Charity, came by the store the day before Thanksgiving and was jumping out of her skin to tell us a story about the “Spirit of the Season.”

She came to the register at the bookstore and I immediately tried to help and screwed up her order for 10 minutes. Finally we got on the same page that she was trying to get a purple globe with five insert candles for her Sanctuary lamp during the Advent Season. I thought she was going for three purple and a pink for a wreath. Oops. Anyway, helped her out a little on the price because she had mentioned knowing it would “cost her” but they have an electric lamp and she just wanted the “real thing” during such a special season. I thing she’d always prefer the “real thing” and I agree. So she smiled and thanked me and said how much she loved the “Spirit of the Season.”

That morning a man had come to the Outreach Center, where she and Sister Naomi hand out food and clothes for those in need, and asked if they needed anything. They had just started to tell people that they were out of meat so the man offered to go to Krogers and buy meat. When he came back, he gave $50 Kroger gift cards to everyone in the place along with a $20 bill. Sister said there was hoopin’ and cheering like these people had won the lottery. During the uproar, the generous man slipped out sight unseen.

Right on the verge of not having meat for Thanksgiving and along comes the “Spirit of the Season.” I hope we all remember and appreciate our cities’ Sister Sallys.

“Those whose hearts are pure are temples
of the Holy Spirit.” Saint Lucy

  • Katie

    Wow. I am one of those "Protestants in discernment" that this blog speaks of. I did my undergrad work at Creighton University, and during my senior year, led a Spring Break Service Trip to Nashville, where we stayed with the Daughters of Charity. I remember Sister Sally and her (and all of the sisters') incredible hospitality well. I'm tempted to say, "What a small world," but really, all I can think of is, "Yay God!" I hope that the Sister Sallys in Nashville and everywhere get to experience the Spirit of the Season!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    Katie: Welcome to the blog and let's pray for one another. Wow. Your story gave me goosebumps!

  • Katie

    Allison: Thanks! And yes, let's do that. And yeah, it gave me chills too. Happy Advent!


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