Thank you note from Father Al Svobodny, OMI -- We missed him this year
An integral member of the Christ the King Retreat Center was missing at this year’s retreat. For several years, Father Al Svobodny, OMI, lived at the retreat center and looked forward to seeing our group of needleworkers. Some of you might not realize this, but the priests at King’s House gather to pray at 4:30pm every day in a small chapel that is located on the lower level next to the library. At about 4:15pm each day, Father Al would stop in the library to share a joke or funny story with the library stitchers. We quickly realized this year that he was missing this year when he didn’t stop the first day to tell us a joke. We learned that Father Al needed daily assistance and he had been moved to the nursing home in Buffalo. The library stitchers sent a card to Father Al on behalf of the Needlework Guild of Minnesota and in return, the guild received this letter from him. And of course, it wouldn’t be from Father Al if it didn’t have a funny story.
Dear Members of the Needlework Guild of Minnesota,
Gratitude is the most forgotten virtue in our culture. Lest I be found guilty in that regard, I want to send a letter of thanks. I was delighted to receive your beautiful card which contained so many wonderful personal messages. I want you to know that I missed seeing and welcoming you to King’s House. It looks like the Lord has different plans for me. I take each day at a time, trusting that I am doing God’s will. I would like to share with all of you a copy of my favorite story entitled “The Cowboy Boots.” I found it so real and so funny. I hope it makes you smile. I am always impressed by the large number of needleworkers who come to King’s House each year. It certainly helps to pay our bills, which of course can be challenging at times. Again, please accept my sincere thanks for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Let’s continue to pray for each other.
With every best wish and prayer in our Lord and Mary Immaculate, I am,
Father Al Svobodny, OMI
The Cowboy Boots
(Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!)
Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots?
He asked for help and she could see why.Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn’t want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.” She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.
He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.” She bit her tongue rather than to get in his face and scream, “Why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, “They’re my brother’s boots. My mom made me wear ‘em.”
Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, “Now where are your mittens?”
He said, “I stuffed ‘em in the toes of my boots.”
Retreat Updates for Retreat 2018 -- Watch for these after April 2018
Every member is welcome to attend both Vendor Night and Show and Tell at Retreat 2018. We would love to see you!
- Show and Tell Viewing will be Thursday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. – Noon, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m. for the “tell’ part.
- Vendor Night is not yet set.