Sunday, November 30, 2008
Just in case you have not seen the website, we have officially begun Phase I of our construction project. (Yahoo!!) Phase I includes the site prep, foundation and construction of the chapel of Our Lady of Solitude as well as building two houses on site. One of the houses will be our temp living quarters until the monastery(Phase II) is completed. The other house will serve as offices and priest quarters. Both houses will be used as guest houses for visitors and retreatants once construction is complete. I have to admit I feel a little giddy with excitement at the thought of living on the new property and being present as we watch the chapel and monastery built. As most of you know the cost for the construction of the chapel has been donated, but the cost for the chapel appointments(stained glass windows, pews...) and for the houses has not. Please join us in praying for these funds and if you are able to help in any way...which brings me to my next tidbit of news...
In light of the beginning of Phase I, we have launched a 'Living Stones in the Pathways to Prayer' program. Please check out this link for further imformation of how you can enlist your families in a perpetual memorial of prayer at Our Lady of Solitude. http://ols.desertnuns.com/
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week we met with three possible construction companies. Besides being fantastically capable and talented men, all three were enthusiastic about our project and had great presentations. We will be choosing one of the three in the next week or so keep posted for more building updates soon!!
As I mentioned we have been celebrating birthdays this past month with Sr Marie St Paul's Franciscan party on the 19th and Sr Augustine's 'Everything Oriental' party on the 25th. You can see photos above of Sr Fidelis' genius in the mini Our Lady of Angels chapel she constructed (yes it was 100% edible) and the Japanese Garden cake she made. Maybe we should hire her for the building project???
Turkey anyone???? I certainly had my fill (and then some). We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year as Sr Fidelis' family visit overlapped with the holiday. We were joined by her mom and dad, Peg and Charles and our good friends Maria and Fr Bob Reddy (who's no stranger to this blog). See pics above.
Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the blessed season of anticipation and preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. I will sign off with some words of inspiration about Advent from Pope John Paul II, of happy memory. A blessed week to you and your's- Sr Mary Blogger
"Advent keeps alive our expectation of Christ Who will come to visit us with His salvation, fully establishing His Kingdom of justice and peace. The annual evocation of the Messiah's Birth in Bethlehem renews in believers' hearts the CERTAINTY that God keeps His promises. Advent is therefore, a powerful proclamation of hope, which deeply touches our lives.
Obstacles, disputes and difficulties of various kinds burden our life and sometimes overwelm it....It is especially at these moments that hope comes to our rescue. The Mystery of Christmas assures us that God is EMMANUEL-God with us. That is why we must never feel alone. He is close to us. He shared our pilgrimage on earth, guaranteeing us the attainment of that joy and peace to which aspire from the depths of our being." God bless you and Mary keep you close.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sister Mary Blogger will be putting up a post soon. Hope you ENJOY this photo. As we enter into the awesome season of ADVENT, let us say with one voice: COME LITTLE LORD JESUS, COME!!! May He be born again in our hearts this Christmas!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friends, friends and MORE friends...can we ever have enough? Actually the friends in this picture fall more into the category of FAMILY! From the right it is Rita Lee, Srs. St Paul and Esther M, Rita's sister Marianne, George (Rita's and Marianne's Dad), Brad (Marianne's Hubby) and Conner Lee (one of Rick and Rita Lee's sons...not pictured are Ronnie- George's wife, Rick, Ryan, who is Conner's twin and Ally their daughter.) Marianne and Brad were visiting from Connecticut and everyone was home from college so we seized the morning and spent some time together. From decorating tips to financial advice to opening their home to us when we have to make really late airport runs -the Lee's are always there for us! WE LOVE YOU'S ALL!
What could be greater fun than this? A giant cardboard box is like a goldmine to two tiny, teething, wiggly Westies. They 'mined' this box for at least a week until the 'No-Lady'(that's me) got fed up cleaning up the mess and pitched it! They just went to the vets, and Percy (pictured above) is tipping the scale at 11.8 lbs. And Fergus is a whopping 13.8 lbs.!
OK. I think I'll close for now. Our two travelers leave for Australia this Saturday...please accompany them, as well as the Holy Father and all those attending in your prayers. This is a spiritual outpouring for the whole Church and if you can, try to catch some of the coverage on EWTN. (for scheduling check out http://www.ewtn.com/) I know they will carry you in their prayers as well! Make sure you check out the website for Sr Marie St Paul's first entry in St Paul's Corner; in honor of the Year of St Paul. We remain yours in the Heart of the Church-Sr Mary Blogger
Saturday, June 21, 2008
While we were in DC, we took the opportunity to visit some friends and visit some of the historical places dear to our hearts. We of course visited Arlington National Cemetery, and made a stop at the Vietnam Memorial. Above you can see us pointing to the name of Fr Vincent Capodanno, chaplain for the Marines who was gunned down while administering the Last Rites to one of his men. One of heroes in the Faith. In the next photo, you see Sr Marie Andre passing some time with Mother Vicar and Sr Marie St John, two of our sisters from Hanceville. In the next photo, you can meet "The Crocker's". Harry is a good friend and an author extraordinaire. To name a few "Triumph -A History of the Catholic Church" (a MUST read!), "Robert E Lee on Leadership" (a personal FAVE!) and most recently a concise book on American history titled "Don't Tread on Me". Finally, last but not least, is our very good friend, Kelly Wilkinson, who took us on a tour of Monticello, the house of Thomas Jefferson.
Lastly, before I close, if you haven't already make sure you check out the 'revamped' vocation page on our website. It's full of info on our life as Poor Clares and includes each sister's vocation story. It's well worth the visit!
Well, I need to run, I hope not to be so tardy with my blogging in the future...pray for this procrastinator!
All my love and prayers
Sr Mary Blogger
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Praised be Jesus Christ! I hope this finds you all well. I am sitting here with a steaming cup of hot tea, on an even steamier yet beautiful summer day at Our Lady of Solitude. I pray that your Eastertide has been a joyous one, and as it will be drawing to a close with the celebration of Pentecost May 11th, that it has found us all closer to Christ and the overwelming mystery of His Love. Speaking of Pentecost, just to remind everyone, the novena starts Friday, May 2nd...let us join our voices with the whole Church and take our places with Our Lady and the Apostles praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit. That He may descend on each of our hearts, our families, our countries and the WHOLE WORLD and share with us the Fire of His love, and His fruits...I think most especially of PEACE.
Also, please check out the website for more imformation on a new document that has been released by the Congregation for the Clergy(Rome)...it is something very dear to us as consecrated religious, but applies to every woman no matter her vocation. These documents concern spiritual materninty and the sanctification of the clergy. You can download them from our website. For as St Edith Stein reminds us that 'a woman no matter her state in life, her age, or her 'sphere of influence' is at all times a mother'. Neither age, nor barrenness nor virginity is an obstacle to spiritual maternity. Thank you Jesus for the gift of the priesthood!!!!
Thanks for blogging on, feel free to leave your comments or any questions you might have. Which reminds me...some have asked about the cats and how they're taking to the new pups. Their feline lives have changed very little, and are unaffected by the two new additions, as they have their room in a seperate part of the house, and are outside most of the day. They are well, and loving all the lizards and bugs this warm weather is bringing.
Be assured of our prayers for you and all your's. Until next time...
Your's in the Heart of Jesus, Sr Mary Blogger
Well, here you have it the photo that this blog is named for. It is Fr.Jim and Fr Mike, from the Diocese of Toronto. They are part of our beloved Canadian Connection."OK, I might be small, but really I am a lethal weapon!" Fergus, the mighty snake slayer.
Welcome Fr Matthias, a fellow Franciscan and dear friend, and dos-lover to boot. You can come anytime to see your new friends!!!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Meet our newest additions! Sir Thomas Percy and Bishop Fergus...check out our website for all the details! We are still working on getting the audio/video in sync :) We're not quite there yet. But we hope you enjoy seeing these little furry bundles of joy.
We hope you had a holy and happy Easter. As we continue on through this season of JOY, be assured of our gratitude and prayers! Be on the lookout for another post soon...with more news and pictures!
We're still trying to get the audio and video right! Not quite there yet :)
Still, we hope you enjoy our latest webcam video of our little pups - Sir Thomas Percy and Bishop Fergus. Check out the website for more details on our little pals!
We hope all of you had a beautiful and holy Easter. And a wonderful celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. As we continue on through this JOYFUL EASTER SEASON, please be assured of our continued prayers. The Lord has risen, ALLELUIA
Monday, March 10, 2008
We have been busy beavers this last couple months(I pray you all will accept that as my excuse for not blogging in lately!!). We had our annual communal retreat in mid-Feb with Fr. Maruisz Koch and Br Andrew both from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal(franciscanfriars.com). It was a blessed week of insightful spiritual conferences and Franciscan fellowship!!! Just what the Divine Doctor ordered.
Literally the day after our retreat ended we were triply blessed with a visit from three of 'our' Friars; Fr Anthony Mary(the community servant) with two of the novices Brs. Paschal and Luke. And what a week it was. The two Brothers being avid outdoorsman(and gluttons for adventure!) hiked the Grand Canyon and spent the night at the bottom! They are the first of the Friars to do this, so I am sure they did a lot of boasting when they went back to Alabama.
We would like you to formally welcome aboard to the OLS building project our new General Contractor Jeff. Let's all give him a hand with our prayerful support...he's got quite a job ahead of him working with five Poor Clare Nuns who have no problem giving their opinion. Seriously, we are very thrilled to have him working on the project as he is a 'crackerjack' construction ace and a very faithful and zealous Catholic...so he understands the workings of Providence, which very often 'humanly' don't make sense. While we are waiting for the building permits Jeff is working on site-prep which includes digging the well and building the Enclosure Wall that will surround the property. This is a big step for us as we do not have all the funds needed, we ask your prayers and for all those who have financially helped in the past, we humbly ask that you consider donating again. Please know that we are most appreciative of your support, and nothing is too small, the Lord multiplies everything given with love a hundred fold. Check out Dreams to Reality... http://www.desertnuns.com/medieval_fundraising2.htm
Wishing you and all your's a blessed Holy week and JOYOUS Easter. See you at the empty tomb!
In the heart of Jesus and Mary-Sr Mary Blogger
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
In this picture to the left, we wanted to share with you the GLORIOUSLY beautiful monstrance that arrived on Jan. 22nd. This is one of the many beautiful appointments that have been commissioned for the new monastery, and was lovingly donated by the Lee Family. Being Eucharistic Adorers we cannot think of a more beautiful way to honor Our Lord than this worthy vessel of praise and affirmation to His true Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. For anyone interested in viewing the other appointments for the chapel/monastery, please check out the 'Dreams to Reality' page on the Website. We look forward to the blessed day when Our Lord will be enthroned in His new house; and where as one family all will be welcome to come and adore Our Lord. 'Adoremus in Aeternum, Sanctissimum Sacramentum'