Desert Nuns
Little Drummer Boy and the Parable of the Talents

In the parable of the talents, Jesus warns us not to close ourselves off from coming to know Him through faith, and not to be slothful in using all the things that God is continuing giving us.” – Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer If you’re not familiar with the Parable of the Talents, then before proceeding have a read of Matthew 25:14-30. Throughout this... [Read more...]

“Give Me your sins…”

The economy of salvation is marked by a law whose operation we can still verify in our own lives: the ‘theophanies’, or manifestations of the mystery, are measured by the kenosis of love; the more our God gives Himself, the more He reveals Himself.” – Fr. Jean Corbon Since Christmas Eve, when we set up the Nativity scene in our... [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Following the Star

Since before Christmas the Magi have been traveling down our long hall, following the star toward the Chapel. Fergus is enthralled with their journey, as you can see! In our Chapel, the door of the Tabernacle is adorned with the scene of the Adoration of the Magi. There Our Lady holds the Christ Child, with St. Joseph standing near, as the Magi present... [Read more...]

Grateful and Longing Hearts

You turkeys! We were blessed to have Fr. Bob Reddy from Canada and Sr. Genevieve, OSB join us for our Thanksgiving festivities! A belated happy Thanksgiving to you!  We hope your day was filled with much joy, as was ours.  Thanksgiving gives us a great opportunity to reflect with gratitude on our many blessings.  And there are so many!  Enjoy some... [Read more...]

Gold, Frankincense and the Flu

“Jesus knows I have only one wish in this world – to love Him and Him alone.  For the rest He has carte blanche to do as He pleases in my regard.  I just leave myself in His loving hands, and so have no anxiety or care, but great peace of soul.  ‘Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my health and strength, my limbs and flesh,... [Read more...]

Advent’s Rest

[In Advent] while [Christ] remained hidden in Mary, His rest was a tremendous activity; He was making her into Himself, making Himself from her.  From her eyes He was making the eyes that would weep over Jerusalem, that would shine upon the wild flowers, that would close in death and open on the morning of the Resurrection.  From her hands He was... [Read more...]

What can I bring Him?

What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb, If I were a wise man, I would do my part, Yet what I can I give Him, give my heart? (From Christina Rossetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter)   St. Francis, we know, was a great lover of Christmas!We know he was interceding... [Read more...]

Epiphany 2011 with Fr. Anselm

Then entered in those Wise men threeFull reverently upon their kneeAnd offered there in His presenceTheir gold and myrrh and frankincense.Noel, Noel, Noel, NoelBorn is the King of Israel! The Feast of Epiphany is among my favorite days of the liturgical year.  On the EWTN website, I read a wonderful article by Fr. Alban Butler.  Here is an excerpt... [Read more...]

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