Desert Nuns
July in the Desert

4th of July Picnic with Brittany and Tara It’s been way too long since I sat down to write a blog.  Each day has been very full, very full indeed!  But, at long last, I am able to steal a few moments to fill you all in on the goings on here at Our Lady of Solitude. There is SO much going on!  On July 1st we had two young ladies begin... [Read more...]

Witnesses of Faith

Last night I was reading through my Zenit email and came across this story about a woman named Chiara. Upon reading it I was deeply moved by her faith and trust in God’s Providence.  Chiara Petrillo – 28 years old.  As I read the brief account of her life, I couldn’t help but think of Our Lady.  Mary, who accepted the Plan of God,... [Read more...]

Corpus Christi 2012

Yesterday was the glorious Feast of Corpus Christi!  As part of the tradition of our Order, this is one of the Feasts that we celebrate with special solemnity. This year was our first Procession here at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel. We want to share  a video of our little Procession. It was such a GREAT joy – every last minute of the it!... [Read more...]

Receiving with Thanks

Growing up in the ‘country’, sharing garden vegetables was as much a part of summer as swimming, picnics, and road trips!  Whatever our garden produced, we shared with neighbors and cousins.  And it was a two way street! Zucchini, tomatoes, peas, green onions, berries – whatever anyone’s garden produced, the whole neighborhood... [Read more...]

Gift and Mystery

“I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest.  Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question.  Let me try briefly to reply.  I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely.  For it remains a mystery, even to myself.  How does one explain the ways of God?  Yet, I know that, at a certain... [Read more...]

Bring Flowers of the Rarest, Bring Blossoms the Fairest

 “Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.” -St. Pio After Mass on Sunday, May 13th, we had our first May Crowning in the new Chapel.  It was a simply wonderful event to Honor our Mother Mary.  About 25 children participated in the procession, bringing flowers to... [Read more...]

Our Lady’s Psalter

(photo taken at our Communal Retreat, given by Fr. Marco, in August 2011) Our Community has been blessed to count Fr. Marco Testa – a wonderful Canadian priest and scholar, as a dear friend for over 15 years. He recently published a book in anticipation of the upcoming Year of Faith – which begins in October. We hope you enjoy... [Read more...]

St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph did not hesitate to surrender to God’s call, which is always a risk and a leap forward to a promise not fully known, requiring a courage perhaps not easily felt.  In his hidden life in Nazareth, St. Joseph lived the most privileged intimacy with God.    (from Fr. Donald Haggerty) Seven years ago today, under the protection and patronage... [Read more...]

Ordinary Things

I came across a great quote during my spiritual reading today.  So great, in fact, that I wanted to share it with all of you, our faithful blog readers.  I hope you enjoy these words of wisdom as much as I did!  They were written by a favorite author, Caryll Houselander:  “Without being under any necessity to do so in His glorified body,... [Read more...]

Touched with Glory

“Rejoice with inexpressible joy touched with glory…” (1Peter 1:6-9) The Triduum and Easter Celebrations at Our Lady of Solitude were simply beautiful.  This was our first Easter in the Chapel.  And the quote above from 1Peter sums up the experience perfectly.  Holy Week started with Fr. Billy Kosco celebrating the Palm Sunday... [Read more...]

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