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stc We want to pray for you…

We are getting geared up for the Feast Day of St. Clare!  (I mean, really, anyone who prays the following as they lay dying is pretty amazingly awesome: “Go securely and in peace, my blessed soul. The One who created you and made you holy has always loved you tenderly as a mother her dear child. And... [Read more...]

P1120603 Contemplatives and the World, Part III

“Every time I extend my arms in prayer to God, I feel that at the same time I am holding the entire world in my embrace.” – a solitary hermit in Chile “He’s got the whole world in His Hands…” I wanted to share the following comment with you from Contemplatives... [Read more...]

kateri St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Today is the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha..  She is a favorite of many of the Sisters and even has a home in one of our stained glass windows in the Chapel.  Let us ask the “Lily of the Mohawks” to intercede for us.  Like her may we be single-hearted, determined, and fully surrendered... [Read more...]

crux Contemplatives and the World, Part II

Shortly after posting Contemplatives and the World, I came across this excerpt from Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen that presses the point even further.  It makes a perfect Part II to the original blog: When a person is captured by God’s love and leaves earthly pursuits behind in order to cling –... [Read more...]

P1120448 Contemplatives and The World

So embrace the whole world with the arms of your love and in that act at once consider and congratulate the good, contemplate and mourn over the wicked.  In that act look upon the afflicted and oppressed and feel compassion for them.” – St. Aelred Wall space in our tiny novitiate classroom... [Read more...]

Photo on 2015-06-25 at 11.35 #5 The Confessions

Ferg doesn’t really like when we have our nose in a book! – He would much rather be the center of attention!! (see bottom left of pic) Very slowly I’ve been working my way through The Confessions by St. Augustine.  Surprisingly, it’s my first full read of this classic.  I’ve... [Read more...]

P1120485 VIDEO highlights of Clothing Ceremony

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P1120583 Corpus Christi Highlights

Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions — to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist — are closely connected. They call upon one another and, we may even say, they require one another.... [Read more...]

FullSizeRender[1] Grooming Grace by Fergus

Fergus before “the summer cut” Sr. Augusta’s Clothing Ceremony, A Refelction by Fergus, the West Highland Terrier   It’s getting hot here in Arizona, so at the end of May, the Sisters decided it was time for the “summer cut”.  NOOOO!  Not the dreaded summer... [Read more...]

P1120185 God’s Faithfulness

When the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on earth.” – Genesis 9:16 Obviously these photos are not in chronological order! – Sr. Augusta is not a postulant again!  Rather,... [Read more...]

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