Just about everyone around here is on vacation except us and the people who make their living hosting people on vacation.
In Madonna House, summertime vacations for staff are basically frowned upon and only occasionally granted. We have nothing against summer vacations per se, of course.
It’s just that we have the summer program for young people, the summer gardening for our bellies in winter, the summer trade at our gift shop for the poor, the summer vacation-retreat for families at our Cana Colony, the summer flowers to tend for the sake of having some extra beauty around, and so forth.
So, when

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