Desert Nuns
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...]

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...]

“You Are A Priest Forever…”

To devote ourselves to Jesus in the Eucharist, to the Church, to the interests of the glory of God, to the extension of the Kingdom of Our Lord, these are our duties. And do not say that, because of our humility, it is too great a vocation. As adoring souls, we must lead all souls to Jesus, but principally the souls of Priests. In our holy Constitutions,... [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...]

Imploring Your Prayers

     Ultimately, in the battle against lies and violence, truth and love have no other weapon than the witness of suffering.” – Pope Benedict XVI We awoke this morning to the devastating news that two Phoenix priests had been victims of a senseless act of violence.  With deep sadness we heard that Fr. Kenneth Walker’s life was taken... [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...]

This-n-That

Here at the Monastery things have been rather busy!  Earlier this month we were blessed to have Jennifer join us from the San Francisco area.  She is doing her candidacy with us now (a  3 month live-in discernment period).  Do keep her in your prayers, as she discerns and experiences our life at PCPAs. Last weekend we were blessed with a visit from... [Read more...]

Contemplatives and the New Evangelization

I want to be an apostle like you, from the heart of my dear solitude. I want to work for the glory of God, and that means I MUST BE FILLED WITH HIM.” (Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, Letter to a priest, June 22, 1902) One of my duties is to go grocery shopping each week. Our local grocery store is chock-full of wonderful people, many of whom... [Read more...]

Cor ad Cor Loquitur

Listen, little poor ones called by the Lord, who have come together from many parts and provinces, live always in truth, that you may die in obedience.  Do not look at the life without, for that of the Spirit is better.” – Our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi On April 16th through April 19th, we were blessed to host a PCPA Formation... [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...]

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