Desert Nuns

Receiving with Thanks

June 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Nun News Blog

Growing up in the ‘country’, sharing garden vegetables was as much a part of summer as swimming, picnics, and road trips!  Whatever our garden produced, we shared with neighbors and cousins.  And it was a two way street! Zucchini, tomatoes, peas, green onions, berries – whatever anyone’s garden produced, the whole neighborhood enjoyed it.  Such was the way of it, growing up as I did amongst the noble hobbit folk of Western Pennsylvania!

Since moving to Tonopah nearly 2 years ago, the Sisters and I have been delighted and humbled to receive the fruits of the earth from so many kind folk.  We are given many wonderful gifts from the ‘locals’… from fresh eggs, to garden fresh vegetables, from pickled eggplant to zucchini blossoms (yum!). 
I was so excited when I looked in the fridge this afternoon to find a super-abundance of goodness from some of our new and old friends.  Zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, onions, cucumbers, peppers, canned pears, homemade jelly, and the list goes on!
I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of so many people.  It calls to mind a beautiful quote from Pope Benedict XVI: 
The gaze of Jesus, what ‘his eyes’ teach us, leads to human closeness, solidarity, giving time, sharing our gifts and even our material goods.

We are asked quite often: “How can we help you?  Do you have any needs?”  Of course there are the big needs which entail building a monastery and all that goes into that.  But there are certainly more ‘rudimentary’ needs as well. 
Currently we are working toward beginning a garden – both a vegetable and a flower garden.  We are looking to plant roses and other flowers that are good as cut flowers, so as to use them on the altar.  We also are looking to make the grounds of Our Lady of Solitude more conducive for retreats – by providing picnic tables and places to sit, so that pilgrims and priest retreatants (and the Sisters!) can have places to sit and enjoy the solitude and silence that ‘our little piece of the world’ can provide. 
Percy and Fergus were VERY interested in all the smells from the fresh veggies!!

So these are a few of the things that we are praying will be accomplished this summer.  Here is a link to a wish list we’ve begun to compile of some of these items.  

Again, thank you to all of you who care for our needs in truly magnanimous ways!  We are so thankful!

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2 Responses to “Receiving with Thanks”
  1. Barb in NY says:

    Wow, look at all the veggies that people have given you! Very nice!

    Also nice to see the picture of your ‘puppies’, Percy and Fergus! Haven’t seen them in awhile! Have they adjusted to their ‘new’ surroundings? Hope they don’t encounter any snakes or other venomous critters….

    You’re not in any danger from the fires out in the Southwest, are you? I always get a little nervous when I hear about that….

    Barb in NY

  2. Patricia says:

    They are so cute!!

    Patricia in Texas

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