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A New Advent Symbol

The Woodland Inn community was using the prayer service provided by Women of Providence in Collaboration to begin the first week of Advent.

Sister Rosemary Nudd had prepared a beautiful Advent wreath with four candles.

The prayer service called us to view Advent and peace through the lens of all creation or what we call the whole web of life.

An excerpt from the prayer service reads:

This is what I understand to be a providential understanding of peace—the undeniable link between the environment, society, and the most vulnerable, and a personal sense of peaceful well-being…Barry Commoner’s first law of ecology is simple, yet its implications are complex: “Everything is connected to everything else.”

Just before the prayer someone discovered that between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning a spider had spun a fragile web between   the candles, aptly reminding us of the web of life.   I love this new symbol of Advent!

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Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler has been a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for more than 60 years. Sister Donna has served in elementary education, parish ministry, diocesan social justice, as well as the Congregation’s liturgy office, archives department and social justice outreach. She also administered as the director of the Providence Volunteer Ministry. Sister Donna currently volunteers in outreach with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students.

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