Desert Nuns
Clawing at Grace

Recently I had an intriguing conversation with a friend.  We were talking about struggle, and how with struggle there is also an outpouring of grace. She said something to this effect: “Ah grace!…I’m clawing at it!” Here is our postulant Jennifer with good ole Fergie! He is infamous for “clawing” at our hands when... [Read more...]

A Fence, Some Shade, and Lots of People

For the past few months, there has been much going on in way of site improvements!  The most significant is an enclosure fence around the perimeter of the property.  For years this fence has been the constant refrain of our prayers – and now…it is in place and looks WONDERFUL!  The remaining portion of the actual enclosure demarcation... [Read more...]

Please join us…

Also, please save the date for the following events: May Crowning at Our Lady of Solitude after Mass on Sunday, May 11th at 10 a.m. All children under 15 are welcome to bring a flower for Our Lady. After Mass, the children will process up to the statue of Mary with their flowers. Our Lady will then be crowned. Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Sunday... [Read more...]

Jesus and Action Verbs

       The Lord anointed my eyes: I went, I washed, I saw and I believed in God.” (Communion Antiphon from 4th Sunday of Lent) Before I realized the Lord was calling me to the contemplative religious life, I wanted to be an English teacher.  I love WORDS (and punctuation too, for that matter)!  And if I had to pick one particular set... [Read more...]

Lent is Upon Us

The Gospel is the real antidote to spiritual destitution: wherever we go, we are called as Christians to proclaim the liberating news that forgiveness for sins committed is possible, that God is greater than our sinfulness, that he freely loves us at all times and that we were made for communion and eternal life. – from Pope Francis message for... [Read more...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the Grey Havens

So many things could be said as this historic day comes to a close. What I find lingering in my heart, though, are the very last pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. “Go in peace,” Gandalf says to Sam, Merry and Pippin as he and Frodo prepare to sail into the West. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an... [Read more...]

Set the World On Fire

“If you are what you are meant to be, you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena Just prepare yourself, OK? – cause this is gonna be a little bit of a weird post.  It’s gonna be about birds.  Bird watching is actually a favorite past time and has been since I was a little girl.  Lately 2 birds in particular have... [Read more...]

Touched with Glory

“Rejoice with inexpressible joy touched with glory…” (1Peter 1:6-9) The Triduum and Easter Celebrations at Our Lady of Solitude were simply beautiful.  This was our first Easter in the Chapel.  And the quote above from 1Peter sums up the experience perfectly.  Holy Week started with Fr. Billy Kosco celebrating the Palm Sunday... [Read more...]

From the Roots

“Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families.” – Blessed John Paul II Yesterday was the Feast of St. Joseph – a day of great JOY and celebration here at Our Lady of Solitude.  St. Joseph is dearly loved here,... [Read more...]

You did not choose me. I chose you.

“If we accept everything from God, our life will become the first verse of an eternal hymn, the dawn of happiness which will never end. Place yourself in the hands of God; see the hand of God in everything; resign yourself entirely to God.” – Cardinal Merry Del Val When I was in kindergarten, I remember looking around the... [Read more...]

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