Lu Cortese was perched on the edge of her seat as if she was ready to pounce into action. She nervously laughed while her friend Fred Vilbig, sitting next to her, joked about Cortese's ability to get things done.
"I always tell people, 'Don't ever make eye contact with her. She's the vortex called Lu Cortese!'" Vilbig opined.
"It's not about me!" she shouted at Vilbig with a smile on her face. "It's about Him!" as she pointed to a crucifix on her office wall.
Children around the archdiocese are reaching out to young patients at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, sending aptly named Messages of Hope during the Advent season and beyond.
Dan Buck, executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, which supports the work of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, said the program is "an opportunity for people in the community who are thinking and praying about our kids to express that love and hope to the families and the children so they know they are not alone."
In these busy weeks before Christmas, many of us give Advent only a little nod. We know it's a time of preparation for the coming of Christ, but we have a lot of other preparations going on, from baking cookies and writing cards to buying gifts and organizing family holiday schedules. We may have an Advent wreath on the table or let the children check off the days on their Advent calendar. We may even go to an extra Mass or prayer service.