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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...]

Upcoming Healing Service

“With confidence, tell the Madonna and her son Jesus about your expectations, your hopes, your joys and your sufferings, and trust in the help of Jesus and the support of Mary.” – Pope Francis Mark your calendars and please plan on joining us… To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to honor Our Lady of Lourdes, we will be... [Read more...]

Jubilee Indulgence and Resources

I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and sufferings.” – Our Lady of Guadalupe to St.... [Read more...]

St. Francis Novena

Today begins the Novena to St. Francis of Assisi, the beloved little poor man who is the patron of our beloved Pontiff…Pope Francis!  We got so caught up in soaking in every moment of the Papal Visit – via television – that we didn’t get this blog posted sooner!  Yes, all of us here are thoroughly enjoying this “Pope... [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...]

In Him Alone is Our Hope

So there are challenging books and then there are CHALLENGING books.  This, my friends, is a CHALLENGING book.  It’s only 136 pages long.  But WOWZERS, it really packs a punch.  The book contains the conferences given during a retreat that Pope Francis (then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) gave to the Bishops of Spain. The title of the book... [Read more...]

Put Christ at the Center of Your Existence

We were blessed to kick off the Year for Consecrated Life with Mass celebrated by our beloved Bishop here at Our Lady of Solitude!  His homily highlighted how Advent is a time of HOPE!  The heart of each consecrated person is to be a dwelling place of hope as well.  It is not about ‘wishing’ – it’s about HOPING in the promises... [Read more...]

Year of Consecrated Life

  Every vocation, even within the variety of paths, always requires an exodus from oneself in order to center one’s life on Christ and on his Gospel…. We must surmount the ways of thinking and acting that do not conform to the will of God. It is an exodus that leads us on a journey of adoration of the Lord and of service to him in our... [Read more...]

Fioretti by Andrea Tornielli

God always saves the best for us.  But He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises.” – Pope Francis, July 24, 2013 I know some people who are “One Book People” – they read only one book at a time and read it at a steady rate, say maybe 20 pages a day…NO MATTER WHAT! Steady, focused,... [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...]

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