Desert Nuns
A Lever and a Fulcrum

“Archimedes said: ‘Give me a lever and a fulcrum, and I will raise the world.’ What he was unable to obtain because his request had but a material end and was not addressed to God, the Saints have obtained in full measure. For fulcrum, the Almighty has given them Himself, Himself alone! For lever, prayer, which enkindles the fire... [Read more...]

Easter at Our Lady of Solitude

We hope you enjoy a glimpse into our celebration of the Sacred Triduum and Easter!  And the celebrations continue through the Octave and right up to Pentecost!  And we have much to celebrate!  He is Risen as He promised, Alleluia! with Easter prayers from all the Nuns… Easter means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself;... [Read more...]

To Walk, To Build, To Witness

Surprised? Ya, just a lil!!! Before getting to the crux of this blog post, we wanted to share a few photos of our wonderful group of St. Patrick’s day visitors!  Sr. Tara’s mom and Uncle Norm from Buffalo came out to visit, along with Bishop James Wall and Fr. Fred Adamson. Bishop Wall and Fr. Fred are both really good at ‘surprises’. ... [Read more...]

Rumination Results

This is a follow up to our “Habemus Papam!” blog, where all the Sisters offered their reflections on the new Holy Father.  Sr. Tara needed some extra time to ruminate.  Drum roll please…here’s her rumination results: “Francis?… Francis… Francis!… FRANCIS!!! I am moved most by the fact that our new Vicar... [Read more...]

Habemus Papam!

Many of us, no doubt, will remember the exact place we were when the white smoke billowed out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.  You may be wondering: “What were the Poor Clares doing when it happened?”  We were doing exactly what contemplatives ought to be: PRAYING!  Our daily Mass was scheduled for 10:30, but was delayed until 11. ... [Read more...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the Grey Havens

So many things could be said as this historic day comes to a close. What I find lingering in my heart, though, are the very last pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. “Go in peace,” Gandalf says to Sam, Merry and Pippin as he and Frodo prepare to sail into the West. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an... [Read more...]

Set the World On Fire

“If you are what you are meant to be, you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena Just prepare yourself, OK? – cause this is gonna be a little bit of a weird post.  It’s gonna be about birds.  Bird watching is actually a favorite past time and has been since I was a little girl.  Lately 2 birds in particular have... [Read more...]

Requiescant in Pace

Let us remember to pray for the blessed repose of the soul of long time friend Deacon Bill Steltemier, who died on Feb. 15th after a lengthy illness.  It’s hard to hear the words: “Thank You Jesus!” without hearing Deacon’s Bill’s voice saying them!  This was his constant refrain – in good times an in bad.  “Thank... [Read more...]

Contemplative Solidarity

When news reached us that our beloved Holy Father, as of February 28th, would resign from his ministry as Successor of St Peter, we were all stunned.  I had to keep repeating it to myself in order for it to become a reality: “OK, the Holy Father is resigning because he feels that his strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to... [Read more...]

Wee Lil’ Things

Great souls pay much attention to little things.”  I love the story about St. Francis de Sales who while looking upon a beautiful rose cried out: “Stop shouting at me!”  The beauty of God was so evident, so tangible, so manifest in the beauty of a rose. A saint looks upon beauty with the eyes of his soul.  Keeping this in mind,... [Read more...]

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