Desert Nuns
The Food that Nourishes

God is feeding me and what I’m praying for is an appetite.” – Flannery O’Connor A few nights ago, our dog – Fergus – pulled a funny little stunt.  He has a ritual that he performs each and every night: After dinner he goes scavenging under the table just hoping for some crumbs.  (what a scriptural dog! – see... [Read more...]

The Sweet and Fiery Strength of God’s Love

I beseech Thee, O Lord, that the fiery and sweet strength of Thy love may absorb my soul from all things that are under heaven, that I may die for love of Thy love as Thou didst deign to die for love of my love.” – St. Francis of Assisi If any human heart ever knew the fiery and sweet strength of God’s Love, no doubt it would be the... [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...]

Enter into the Joy of the Lord

Today we had the great joy of welcoming Jennifer to our community.  Having completed a 3 month candidacy earlier this year, she begins Postulancy today.  Enjoy a few pics from the simple entrance ceremony that took place after Mass.  (Click on the pic to view them larger). Postulancy denotes a preliminary period before entering the novitiate of our... [Read more...]

Have a Beefsteak!

Your intentions were remembered during the St. Francis Novena Truth be told: Pope Francis delights me. And he challenges me. And he encourages me to go beyond my comfort zone – way beyond my comfort zone. When I read his homilies and addresses, I sense the Spirit not only moving, but shaking things up within me.  And that can be scary (and a... [Read more...]

The Moon, Delight, and Dr. Pepper

During a recent family visit, I had the unique experience of watching my 2 1/2 year old niece drink a Dr. Pepper.  My brother opened it for her and she took the shiny can in her hand and looked like her excitement was going to brim over.  She took a sip with a huge smile on her face.  Then the carbonated deliciousness made it’s way down from... [Read more...]

St. Francis of Assisi Novena

We are gearing up to begin the Novena to Our Holy Father Francis from Sept. 25th through Oct. 3rd, in preparation for his Feast Day on the 4th.  Please send us your petitions so that we can remember them during the novena.  The intentions that you send to us will be printed and placed in our chapel near the statue of St. Francis during the Novena. Let... [Read more...]

Star Gazing

Sr. John-Mark and Sr. Tara singing their latest hit: “We All Live in a Mon-a-stery”, set to “We all live in a yellow submarine.’ How grateful we are for the gift of humor! Living in the desert of Tonopah, AZ has many perks, and one of the greatest has to be the night sky. And so, after a bit of community recreation in honor of... [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...]

To Walk, To Build, To Witness

Surprised? Ya, just a lil!!! Before getting to the crux of this blog post, we wanted to share a few photos of our wonderful group of St. Patrick’s day visitors!  Sr. Tara’s mom and Uncle Norm from Buffalo came out to visit, along with Bishop James Wall and Fr. Fred Adamson. Bishop Wall and Fr. Fred are both really good at ‘surprises’. ... [Read more...]

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