Desert Nuns
The Sweet and Fiery Strength of God’s Love

I beseech Thee, O Lord, that the fiery and sweet strength of Thy love may absorb my soul from all things that are under heaven, that I may die for love of Thy love as Thou didst deign to die for love of my love.” – St. Francis of Assisi If any human heart ever knew the fiery and sweet strength of God’s Love, no doubt it would be the... [Read more...]

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Just like The Father’s Tale, in my first blog book review, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska could be used to prop open a door, but once again I highly recommend it. Here are some quotes for a sneak peak. “Let that which He has ordained happen to me” “True greatness of the soul is in loving God and in humility” “Silence is a sword... [Read more...]

Into Your Hands Father

When we are so preoccupied with our past and our future, we naturally have neither energy nor openness left for the present moment, the only moment that mediates God’s will.” Have you noticed that sometimes the subtitle of a book really says it all!  In the case of “Into Your Hands Father” by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen I believe... [Read more...]

By the Water’s Edge

With the record breaking rain falls all over the Valley of the Sun, we were NOT left out!  We always say that rain is a reminder of God’s grace…well, boy oh boy, on Our Lady’s birthday (9/8) we surely had plenty of reminders of this grace!!!! Do you remember the classic 80’s George Strait song: Ocean Front Property? I got some... [Read more...]

Leisure: The Basis of Culture

As a cloistered contemplative Nun, a question I frequently receive is, “What do you do?” This is closely followed by, “What? All you do is pray?” Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper explores the notion of “not everything is useless, which cannot be brought under the definition of the useful.” In our ‘workaday” world productivity... [Read more...]

The Father’s Tale

Before I entered the monastery I did not read much. I enjoyed reading bedtime stories to my nieces and nephews, I excitingly read restaurant menus and I longed for the Sunday comics to be delivered, but that was the extent of it. What, a cloistered nun who doesn’t like to read? Can it be? However, with the grace of God and the encouragement of my... [Read more...]

Fioretti by Andrea Tornielli

God always saves the best for us.  But He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises.” – Pope Francis, July 24, 2013 I know some people who are “One Book People” – they read only one book at a time and read it at a steady rate, say maybe 20 pages a day…NO MATTER WHAT! Steady, focused,... [Read more...]

Why Reading Reverie?

There are times when the very mention of spiritual reading makes one want to hide (cue Fergus): Just too much to do, not enough time in the day!  The excuses can grow at an alarming rate: “My eyes are tired”, “I’d rather relax and watch TV” (cue Fergus): Or, “I can’t find a good book”, “I’d... [Read more...]

See the Rainbow…

See the rainbow and praise its Maker, so superbly beautiful in its splendor. Across the sky it forms a glorious arc drawn by the hands of the Most High.” (Ecclesiasticus 43:11-12) Enjoy these photos from the spectacular monsoon sky here at Our Lady of Solitude on August 19th.  Let us pray for residents in North Phoenix who were affected adversely... [Read more...]

The World is in Flames

    The world is in flames. The struggle between Christ and the antichrist rages openly, and so if you decide for Christ you can even be asked to sacrifice your life.” These are the words of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), written at a dark time in history, as the Nazi persecution was raging. Sadly, now in our own day and age,... [Read more...]

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