Desert Nuns
To Remain

Recently my mom shared with me a cute little story about one of my young nieces. The story goes: The family was enjoying a day of swimming and fun in their pool with both sets of grandparents. Dinnertime came with the hopes of getting back in the pool afterward. However, dinner was longer than expected, it was getting late, and the kids were getting... [Read more...]

The Power of Silence

Sadly it’s been awhile since we’ve posted a Reading Reverie Book Review…not because we aren’t reading! – but because the days have been going by so quickly and have left little time for blogging!  But a book has been making it’s rounds in the Monastery and it’s obvious that it is a MUST SHARE.  The... [Read more...]

Let the Lord Lead

In years gone by, my Uncle Phil could dance a mean polka.  When I was a “youngun”, my mom taught me how to polka and we would dance around the house from the kitchen to the family room…1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2, 3, 4.  Over and over again.  Then came reckoning day – my cousin’s wedding.  At the reception, the... [Read more...]

Lenten Meatless Meal Plan, Week II

Here is our 2nd Meatless Meal Plan Alms…We hope you enjoy it 🙂 With the special St. Patrick’s day dispensation for all the “Phoenix Pholk” from our beloved Bishop this year, I went back and forth as to whether I should post a “meat and potato” Irish recipe…OR…stick with the meatless meal plan. ... [Read more...]

Queen Esther and the Contemplative Mission

In order to escape death, it is not enough to be in the king’s house; Queen Esther cannot disown her race, she must labour to save it if she desires to secure her own safety.”  – Abbess Cecile Bruyere Reading through the book of Esther is moving on many levels…it’s an intriguing story with the twists and turns and... [Read more...]

Video from Sr. John-Mark’s Profession

Enjoy this video from Sr. John-Mark’s Perpetual Profession on December 12th, 2016! It was a most glorious day as evidenced in the photos! A special word of thanks to John Bering for the glorious photos! And another word of thanks to the wonderful folks at Papercastle Records for providing the beautiful and moving music (Starlight – written... [Read more...]

Radiant Bride of Christ

With high praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we are happy to share with you that on December 12, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria became a perpetually professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration. Our much beloved Bishop Olmsted celebrated the Mass of Profession along with Bishop Nevares and over a dozen priest friends... [Read more...]

St Therese and Mercy

Celebrating the Feast of St. Therese in the Year of Mercy seems very significant to me.  After all, Mercy is mentioned about 75 times in her writings.  Her path to holiness, the Little Way, was cleared and made ready by Mercy.  And, a pivotal moment in her life is when she wrote and made the Act of Oblation to Merciful Love. So let’s celebrate... [Read more...]

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. -GK Chesterton Ever since I was a little girl (and my brother freed me from those cumbersome training wheels) I have always loved a nice long bike ride – the peace, quiet, wind in my hair (or now in my veil!) and the open road. I was probably about 8 years old when my parents gave me the green... [Read more...]

This, That, & the Other Thing

Things here at Our Lady of Solitude have been quite busy!  So this is a “catch-up” blog, reaching as far back as May!  My heavens! – where has the time gone?!?! May Crowning:  May Crowning is always such a beautiful day and this year was no exception.  Some of our local Tonopah children brought “flowers of the rarest and... [Read more...]

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