Desert Nuns
Love Expands the Heart

“I feel I shall be more useful to you in heaven than on earth…I really count on not being inactive in Heaven. My desire is to work still for the Church and for souls.”  -St. Therese to Fr. Adolphe Roulland   St. Therese and the Priesthood Reflection, Part IToday marks the anniversary of the death of St. Therese in 1897.  Tomorrow we... [Read more...]

Blessed John Henry Newman, Pray for us

Written by Sr. Marie St. Paul on September 19, 2010 Br. Francis with 2 of his paintings: Servant of God John Paul II and BLESSED John Henry Newman! At 1:30 am this morning, four dedicated nuns cuddled up on the couches of the living room to watch with slightly bleary eye the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Thanks to EWTN... [Read more...]

Touch of the Eternal

“The Cross is the most profound condescension of God to man . . . The Cross is like a touch of eternal love upon the most painful wounds of man’s existence”  (Pope John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia) THE PHOENIX – to the right you see the cloistered portion of the reredos with an awesome wood-carved Phoenix.  Before moving... [Read more...]

Finders Seekers

Those who have found in Jesus the truth, joy and beauty which give meaning and direction to their lives will naturally desire to bring this grace to others. Undaunted by the presence of difficulties, or the enormity of the task at hand, they will trust in the mysterious presence of the Holy Spirit who is always at work in the hearts of individuals,... [Read more...]


The reredos are being installed.  And it is beautiful to behold!  Check out this link for more photos!  Will keep you posted as progress continues!  Read More →

A Beautiful Holy Mother Clare Feast Day!

Our celebration of the solemnity of Our Holy Mother Clare was splendid.  To everyone who sent email greetings, cards, telephone calls, and visits : THANK YOU!  We praise God for the gift of our friends and extended spiritual family.  We prayed in a special way for all of our Franciscan family, especially all of our fellow Poor Clares.   Our Canadian... [Read more...]

Clare – Bright Light…Shine On!

Our Holy Mother Clare, Pray for us! Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi (a Solemnity for Poor Clares).  This year the festivities will be heightened as we are celebrating her newly installed stained glass window in the Chapel of Our Lady of Solitude.  Above you can see a photo of a portion of the window.  So full of light. ... [Read more...]

Monsoon Season

It is definitely monsoon season in the desert.  We’ve had cloudy skies, rain, and cool temps (OK, ‘cool’ is a relative term.  It was under 100 degress – so that’s cool).  Sr. John-Mark and I were taking the puppies out last night, and she made a bold statement: “Wow, the breeze is actually cool.”  Again,... [Read more...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us

Outside of Sacred Scripture, some of the most consoling words ever spoken were those said by Our Lady to St. Juan Diego in her apparition in Guadalupe:  “Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you... [Read more...]

“We get by with a little help from our friends…”

Yesterday was our first ‘official’ packing extravaganza!  We’ve been doing stuff here and there – but yesterday we really got to business and did some major packing!  Sr. Marie Andre made a few calls and before we knew it about 8 friends said they’d be here to kick-off the packing and moving preps.  That is a great testament... [Read more...]

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