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What can I bring Him?

What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb, If I were a wise man, I would do my part, Yet what I can I give Him, give my heart? (From Christina Rossetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter)   St. Francis, we know, was a great lover of Christmas!We know he was interceding... [Read more...]

Sr. John-Mark’s 1st Profession of Vows

Yesterday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria of St. Peter the Apostle became a professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration.   It was a simply splendid Mass – such JOY, just pure joy.  Fr. Don Kline (Sr. John-Mark’s cousin) celebrated the Mass, with Fr. John Lankeit preaching the homily.  Other concelebrants... [Read more...]

New Translation of the Roman Missal

It’s hard to believe that today is the Solemnity of Christ the King – the last Sunday of Ordinary time!  This feast always brings to mind one of my favorite polyphony pieces we used to sing at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery (we don’t dare try it here with so few voices!): JESU REX ADMIRABILIS. The words of the hymn are attributed... [Read more...]

The Desire for Something More

“Part of being young is desiring something beyond everyday life and a secure job, a yearning for something really truly greater. Is this simply an empty dream that fades away as we become older? No! Men and women were created for something great, for infinity. Nothing else will ever be enough. Saint Augustine was right when he said: “Our... [Read more...]

All You Saints of God, Pray for Us!

We were blessed to have a visit from the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe! The Solemnity of All Saints – what an awesome day!  The Sisters and I just finished our Feast Day dinner and festivities.  It’s our tradition, on this day, to choose a Saint to be our patron for the year.  With only five of us here, we’ve... [Read more...]

A Fall Foto Blog

There has been so much going on here at OLS that I’ve decided to tell all the stories via photos! Unfortunately one event when totally unphotographed by the nuns.  Yes, much to my chagrin, I didn’t take one single photo at the beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop James Wall on September 24th.  To be honest, I was so excited... [Read more...]

Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Tonight at dinner, the Sisters were talking and enjoying each other’s company.  We weren’t talking about anything of great import.  Nor were we solving the world’s problems.  We were just enjoying each other.  And laughing. Sr. Marie Andre was sharing Winston Churchill’s famous quote (which sums up her whole being): “Keep... [Read more...]

Unique and Unrepeatable

Since moving to Tonopah last year, and now having a Chapel open to the public, each day seems to bring new friends into our life.  Seeing the broad span of visitors that come to see this little ‘slice of heaven’ makes me realize how each human person is unique, unrepeatable, and infinitely LOVED by our good God.   Just this morning,... [Read more...]

BE TRANSFORMED

“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and... [Read more...]

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