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Unity in Diversity

Sr. Marie Andre at Matins on Christmas Eve One of the most beautiful dimensions of Religious Life is community.  And it can also be full of challenges as well! Pope Francis wisely spoke thus (which, no doubt, can be applied to family life, as well): “From experience I know that community life is not always easy, but it is a providential training... [Read more...]

Perfect JOY and the Consecrated Life

The consecrated life will not flourish as a result of brilliant vocation programs, but because the young people we meet find us attractive, because they see us as men and women who are happy!” – Pope Francis Enjoying a visit with Sr. Anthony Mary, R.S.M., the new director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Phoenix, and... [Read more...]

Am I not the source of your joy?

    Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy?” – Our Lady to Juan Diego   Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She is the Protectress of the Americas and the Unborn, and the Patroness of the Diocese of Phoenix.  She is our Mother and the Cause of our Joy. Our community gives... [Read more...]

In Him Alone is Our Hope

So there are challenging books and then there are CHALLENGING books.  This, my friends, is a CHALLENGING book.  It’s only 136 pages long.  But WOWZERS, it really packs a punch.  The book contains the conferences given during a retreat that Pope Francis (then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) gave to the Bishops of Spain. The title of the book... [Read more...]

Come Celebrate Christmas with Us

Make the pilgrimage out to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel to celebrate Christmas with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration! Special Mass Times Wednesday, December 24th – Christmas Mass at Night @ 10 p.m. Thursday, December 25th – Christmas Mass in the Morning @ 9 a.m. Sunday, December 28th – Holy Mass @ 10 a.m. Wednesday, December... [Read more...]

Put Christ at the Center of Your Existence

We were blessed to kick off the Year for Consecrated Life with Mass celebrated by our beloved Bishop here at Our Lady of Solitude!  His homily highlighted how Advent is a time of HOPE!  The heart of each consecrated person is to be a dwelling place of hope as well.  It is not about ‘wishing’ – it’s about HOPING in the promises... [Read more...]

Farewell Sweet P

                    So many of our blog readers often inquire about our two Westies, Percy and Fergus. And so we have some very sad news to share: On November 26th, Percy got quite suddenly seriously ill, and on November 28th he died. He was an amazing dog…and we miss him like crazy and are still in... [Read more...]

Year of Consecrated Life

  Every vocation, even within the variety of paths, always requires an exodus from oneself in order to center one’s life on Christ and on his Gospel…. We must surmount the ways of thinking and acting that do not conform to the will of God. It is an exodus that leads us on a journey of adoration of the Lord and of service to him in our... [Read more...]

Francis of Assisi – a new biography

OK – I have 2 confessions to make: 1.)  It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted either a blog or a book review.  No excuses…just a promise to TRY to be more regular with contributions 🙂  I wanted to get this review posted for St. Francis’ Feast Day on Oct. 4th…Can anyone tell me where the month of October... [Read more...]

The Food that Nourishes

God is feeding me and what I’m praying for is an appetite.” – Flannery O’Connor A few nights ago, our dog – Fergus – pulled a funny little stunt.  He has a ritual that he performs each and every night: After dinner he goes scavenging under the table just hoping for some crumbs.  (what a scriptural dog! – see... [Read more...]

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