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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

• Jim Rohn •

Dear Friends,
Greetings these late August days!
In her essay Late Summer Reflection, Emily P. Freeman writes, “August has eyes for the future and launches into a monologue as soon as she gets here…. August comes in like a maid and readies the house in all her tenants for the transition. She sweeps under our couch and taps our crossed feet off the coffee table. As she wipes the surface clean, she whispers, “Get ready, sweetheart. Change is coming.”
The shift feels palpable as we move from planting gardens to enjoying lush tomatoes, sweet corn, and juicy peaches. Perhaps we look back on summer vacations and wonder where the time went. June and July invited us to linger and to enjoy the longer days and the sun’s warmth. August nudges us to look ahead, and to prepare for the return of “new and regularly scheduled programming.”
From now through Labor Day, it seems that we are in a betwixt and between place. Holding on to the laid-back days of summer while shifting to the new. We look forward to cooler weather and bemoan the shorter days. As Emily Freeman encourages, “linger over these days.” Prepare your body, mind, and spirit. God of the future continues to call us. May we be ready “to engage in the divine dance into the future” with hope, courage, and abundant Franciscan joy.
Be A Blessing

Resources: The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman
Embracing a Traveler’s Hear: Mapping Our Journey – 2022 LCWR Presidential Address – Jane Herb, IHM, PhD.

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Thank You and Farewell Celebration
honoring Fr. Phil Horrigan

Please join us
Sunday, August 21, 
in the OLA Promenade for a

public reception after the 10:30am Mass

Coffee and pastries will be served.
No RSVP is needed.
Final Chance to Register for
Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life

Registration for the next Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life program will close on Monday, August 22.
To register and find out more information, visit our event page.
International Solidarity Days ~ August 2022
Featured Collaborators ~ August 2022
Weavings Reflection ~ August 2022
The August LSAP reflection discusses Ecological Spirituality. Discover ideas and opportunities in your own life to deepen your spiritual connection to the natural world.
Our monthly LSAP reflections include practical steps each of us can take to do our “little bit of good” for the sake of our common home.
Our Lady of the Angels chapel is open to our faith community on Sundays for 10:30 a.m. Mass
Please Remember
  • All participants must be vaccinated
  • All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the Mass.
  • Enter the building through Entrance #7 and exit the same way.
  • All other locations in Our Lady of the Angels remain closed to the public.

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From Sister Bea, OSF—Wheaton Franciscan JPIC Coordinator:

Now is the time to act if we are to save the post office and restore it to an efficient and well run entity that serves the needs of the American people. Learn more and sign the letter to President Biden if you agree.
The latest UISG/USG e-newsletter from Sr. Sheila shares Laudato Si' Action Platform and 2022 Season of Creation resources and initiatives, as well as Prayer Intentions from around the world. Visit JPIC Roma for these entries and more.
Please continue to hold in prayers all those suffering around the world from violence, war, hunger, and natural disasters made worse by ongoing climate change. 

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