Desert Nuns
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...]

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...]

Contemplatives and the World, Part III

“Every time I extend my arms in prayer to God, I feel that at the same time I am holding the entire world in my embrace.” – a solitary hermit in Chile “He’s got the whole world in His Hands…” I wanted to share the following comment with you from Contemplatives and the World, Part I, sent from Sr. Irina:  “I... [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

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...]

Sr. Marie Andre’s Exhortation

Sr. Marie Andre’s Exhortation at the Clothing Ceremony of Sr. Augusta Mary of Our Lady of Grace on June 6th, 2015 Many people have questions about this life and they often don’t understand what we do or why we do it! The interior apostolate (the contemplative life which we live here as cloistered nuns) CAN subsist by itself. Our life here justifies... [Read more...]

Complain!?!

In a box of wonderful old books that a kind soul recently sent to us, there was paperback ‘inspiration’ booklet by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  In it I came across this treasure.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have: The Divine Healer by Archbishop Fulton Sheen God does not frown on your complaint. Did not His Mother in the Temple ask: “Son!... [Read more...]

The 7 Penitential Psalms

“From my own experience I can certainly say that these seven psalms, though not all equally, are one of God’s greatest gifts in keeping us in touch with a true sorrow for sin and in giving us the words we need to pierce through the haziness of self-justification.” – Mother Maureen McCabe Late last year, I was bless to find 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...]

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