Desert Nuns
I saw it with my own eyes

I saw it with my own eyes….. Several months ago a little girl came up to communion with her big sister. From where she stood, the statue of St. Michael under the altar rail was right at her eye level. With her little hand, she reached out and touched St. Michael on the head. Then she stooped over and touched the devil’s head but immediately pulled... [Read more...]

Missionary of Mercy and Encounter

We are celebrating the feast of the apostle and evangelist Saint Matthew.  We are celebrating the story of a conversion.  Matthew himself, in his Gospel, tell us what it was like, this encounter which changed his life.  He shows us an “exchange of glances” capable of changing history. – Pope Francis, Sept 21, 2015 The Sisters and I have... [Read more...]

Wounds of Christ

Today is the beautiful and moving Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis.  To be so surrendered to Our Crucified Love!  How much we learn from this meeting of Love with love. The perfect day to meditate on Galatians 2:20 “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has... [Read more...]

Staying In Love – 20th Anniversary!

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, in FALLING IN LOVE in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks... [Read more...]

O Lord, I am Your Servant!

One of the things that I love to meditate on are the many paradoxes of our Catholic faith, because they are not what they seem to be at first glance, and if you would understand them you must take the time to look more closely. Understanding paradoxes require a disposition like Our Lady who with patience and openness, “pondered in her heart”. I... [Read more...]

Put, Deepen, Nurture, Keep Safe

God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and... [Read more...]

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Today is the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha..  She is a favorite of many of the Sisters and even has a home in one of our stained glass windows in the Chapel.  Let us ask the “Lily of the Mohawks” to intercede for us.  Like her may we be single-hearted, determined, and fully surrendered to the God of Love.  She was received into the... [Read more...]

Contemplatives and the World, Part II

Shortly after posting Contemplatives and the World, I came across this excerpt from Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen that presses the point even further.  It makes a perfect Part II to the original blog: When a person is captured by God’s love and leaves earthly pursuits behind in order to cling – as far as possible – to a life of prayer and... [Read more...]

Contemplatives and The World

So embrace the whole world with the arms of your love and in that act at once consider and congratulate the good, contemplate and mourn over the wicked.  In that act look upon the afflicted and oppressed and feel compassion for them.” – St. Aelred Wall space in our tiny novitiate classroom is VERY limited.  Between a bookshelf and a marker... [Read more...]

The Confessions

Ferg doesn’t really like when we have our nose in a book! – He would much rather be the center of attention!! (see bottom left of pic) Very slowly I’ve been working my way through The Confessions by St. Augustine.  Surprisingly, it’s my first full read of this classic.  I’ve tried to plow through other translations in... [Read more...]

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