This blog is going to be a bit of a mish mash of this and that!  So, on your mark, get set, let’s blog!!!

Wish List:  Firstly, as you may have noted, we recently posted a wish list.  More recently, we added a link to the Moon Valley Nursery site, with a customized Wish List of some of the larger landscaping needs!  Here is the link: Moon Valley Wish List

November Birthdays:  Sr. Marie St. Paul celebrated her birthday on November 19th and Sr. Augustine on the 25th (Thanksgiving Day).  Happy Birthday to you both!

Thanksgiving: Our first Thanksgiving in Tonopah was a very happy one!  Fr. Bob Reddy and Fr. Mike Holmes from Canada joined us for the festivities (for the 14th consecutive year…such faithful friends!).  There was much to be thankful for indeed!  With a touch of nostalgia, we reflected on the many years we have been together – journeying toward Tonopah!  And now, at long last we are here…  It was indeed a beautiful Thanksgiving. 

 Advent: Last but certainly NOT least, is that the season of longing and expectation has begun: ADVENT.  It is such a powerful and packed liturgical season – so rich in imagery, challenges, preparation, and joy.  As we journey with Our Lady and St. Joseph through Advent, be assured of our prayers.  MARANATHA – COME LORD JESUS!!!

Enjoy this little gem from Pope Benedict XVI.  I hope it serves as spiritual nourishment for you during this holy time.  It’s one of my personal favorite Advent quotes of all time:

“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 Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope. It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”