The Gospel is the real antidote to spiritual destitution: wherever we go, we are called as Christians to proclaim the liberating news that forgiveness for sins committed is possible, that God is greater than our sinfulness, that he freely loves us at all times and that we were made for communion and eternal life.
– from Pope Francis message for Lent 2014
Even though Lent is kinda late this year, still it seemed to sneak up on me! I’m sure everyone is putting the last touches on their Lenten ‘game plan’ – their penitential plans…creatively focusing in on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving! Right?!?! One way I like to look at it, as I pray through my own ‘game plan’, is to ask the Lord in prayer what HIS DESIRES are for me this Lent. What are the plans of His Heart for me during these ‘forty days and forty nights”? What in me does He want to bring in to the light, touch with His love, redeem, and heal? And the game plan flows from prayer and the reality of His Love, His Sacrifice, His Heart…
We have a suggestion that you may want to prayerfully consider adding to your list (if you are an Arizonian!)…Why not make a pilgrimage out to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel and spend a desert day with the Lord?! A day to be in silence with Him, in prayer, in solitude.
Can’t swing a whole day? Then come on our for Mass or Eucharistic Adoration. Seriously, it’s such a beautiful place to ‘come away by yourselves and rest for awhile’, to find the Lord! Even though I live here, I never tire of the loveliness of our land, the devotion of the Chapel, the silence and solitude of our desert oasis. The Sisters and I often pray for those who visit this holy place, that they will experience the nearness of the Lord, that they will come to a deeper love for Him, that they will find His peace. It really is a special place, and we are happy to share it with you by offering these Desert Days for the laity, as well as daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.
(photo credit for this gorgeous pic goes to our wonderful neighbor Lynne!)
Daily Mass – 8 a.m.* Monday thru Saturday
Sunday Mass – 10 a.m. *
Eucharistic Adoration Monday thru Thursday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.*
(*unless otherwise noted on the Mass Calendar)
In other news:
The Nun Run is just around the corner on March 8th. Registrations are kinda low…but spirits are high! Yes, race registrations are down a bit from the last 2 years, but we are hopeful that it will still be a good turn out…so our spirits are high! From the looks of the forecast, we couldn’t ask for a more beautiful Spring Day in AZ!
Please help us spread the word about the Run – it’s not too late to register or encourage others to register! Let’s make the 5th Annual Nun Run the best one yet! 🙂
And finally…our last bit of news:
Fr. Anthony Phelps currently is in residence here at Our Lady of Solitude as a chaplain. He arrived on March 2, 2014, on loan to us from his diocese of Lubbock TX, seeking to live out a contemplative life here in the desert. We are grateful for his priestly assistance!