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After the festival, Sister Vivian took us to Palmas del Mar which is a private resort outside of Humacao. The location has an amazing crystal blue beach on site and the homes there look like the "Suburbs". Beautiful, big homes that over look the beach. I was very surprised for some reason when I saw this place. Even though it is very very beautiful and elegant, it would be a shame to travel all the way to Puerto Rico and judge the entire Island based on this tiny private resort. I feel that I have experienced and seen more of Puerto Rico living in the monastery than I ever would staying at a resort.
Any ways, going back to some of the things I have done this week include going grocery shopping with Sister Rufina and helping her make the salad for dinner, celebrating my birthday, going to school and assisting Ashley as we both taught about 18 kindergardeners the A-B-C song and danced all around the class room, and attending Visperas (evening prayer). I'd like to mention that Sister Rufina is allowed to give us "the body of Christ" during evening prayer. Sister Mary Ruth explained that she is certified to do that and that Sister Carmen whom is the Prioress is automatically allowed to do that because of her position. There is something unexplainably powerful about having a woman take this role. I understand Sister Rufina cannot bless the wine or the bread like a priest can and she cannot hold mass either. But the simple fact that it is her, presenting the Body of Christ to me, make me feel as if patriarchy is nonexistent for those 5 seconds in the Catholic Church. I am surprised Saint Benedicts Monastery does not practice this, but I am sure they have very good reasons why they do not. the Sisters from the Monasterio Santa Escolastica do this out of necessity because there are only two Priest in this area. I just waned to mention, that I love it!