By Sister Regine Fohrer
On December 22nd a true “cookies workshop” took place in our Brooklyn Center. The craftswomen? Read on to find out!
Every holiday has its own unique food that goes with the festive occasion. Cookies can be said to be the principal food of Christmas! In order to respect this tradition, as old as the medieval time, Marian and I had planned an afternoon of intense baking and decorating of cookies! We invited some of our friends whom we visit once a week at the Tillary Shelter. On the planned day, Pat, Becky, Mirlande and Joanna came, right on time (already a miracle) ready for the experience! Two other friends from the neighborhood, Felicia and Divina, joined us as well.
At the beginning none of them was very comfortable with the situation and I could see them very hesitant with the cookie cutters and sprinkles. But slowly each one of them became more and more involved in the process; and some of them started to create their own shapes and even asked for extra ingredients for decorating. It was beautiful to witness how, gradually, they seemed to forget about their problems and were able to enjoy the present moment! How they were able to share and to respect each other’s work and space! How they were rejoicing in their works of art, beaming with pride and delighting in tasting their work! One of them, all of a sudden, made an amazing statement: “You know what, this is much better than watching TV and trying to get rich!”
Once we had completed the decorating, we took a time of prayer together in thanksgiving for Christmas, and we offered each one of them a small present! I was so moved to see the joy and amazement on some of their faces when we gave them the gift! I had never realized the value of offering a gift. It is not linked to the object itself and its prize but to the fact that receiving a present tells you again “I am loved! I am worth receiving a gift!”