Desert Nuns

Year of Consecrated Life

Advent Photo Update

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the... [Read more...]

Pro Orantibus Day

Something else that Our Lady’s Presentation makes me think of is perseverance. In the evocative iconography associated with this feast, the Child Mary is shown moving away from her parents as she climbs the steps of the Temple. Mary does not look back and, in a clear reference to the evangelical admonition,... [Read more...]

“Gimme space!” vs. Making Space

Chiara and Enrico learned in a marvelous way how to make space for grace; and grace cannot wait to show us the marvels of what it can do.” Usually when I read a book, I plow through it, all the while writing down tons of quotes and putting sticky notes everywhere!  But this was not the case with... [Read more...]

I LOVE THE LITURGICAL YEAR

Today, September 29th, begins 10 consecutive days of AWESOME Feast Days – these happen to be some of my favorite 10 days of the entire liturgical year: Sept. 29th – Feast of the Archangels Sept. 30th – Memorial of St. Jerome AND the Anniversary of the death of St. Therese Oct. 1st –... [Read more...]

St. Francis Novena

Today begins the Novena to St. Francis of Assisi, the beloved little poor man who is the patron of our beloved Pontiff…Pope Francis!  We got so caught up in soaking in every moment of the Papal Visit – via television – that we didn’t get this blog posted sooner!  Yes, all of... [Read more...]

Wounds of Christ

Today is the beautiful and moving Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis.  To be so surrendered to Our Crucified Love!  How much we learn from this meeting of Love with love. The perfect day to meditate on Galatians 2:20 “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the... [Read more...]

Staying In Love – 20th Anniversary!

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, in FALLING IN LOVE in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend... [Read more...]

O Lord, I am Your Servant!

One of the things that I love to meditate on are the many paradoxes of our Catholic faith, because they are not what they seem to be at first glance, and if you would understand them you must take the time to look more closely. Understanding paradoxes require a disposition like Our Lady who with patience... [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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