"Young Religious ought to enter blogs and correct the opinions of the youth, showing them the true Jesus" - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for Rome

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

Yes, when it reaches 105 in our little neck of the woods, then we know it's officially SUMMERTIME! Another sure sign that summer is here is that the flys are out in force, testing even those with Job-like patience! To all of you who are going on summer vacation, ENJOY!  And know that we are praying for your safety in travel and we are asking the Lord to grant you a time of relaxing renewal!

Here at Our Lady of Solitude, we had our Summer Mass of Thanksgiving with one of our dearest friends: Fr. Fred Adamson.  On Saturday, June 11th, he offered a Mass of Thanksgiving for this miracle in the desert!  It was a day of great joy for all of us.  Reflecting back upon our 6 years here in the Diocese, Fr. Fred has been with us each and every step of the way - offering advice, fatherly support, and the gift of his friendship.  He was there at the very first meeting with had with Bishop Olmsted in 2004 when we were still only praying (and hoping and dreaming) of this foundation.  Surely these hopes and dreams have been supported by his prayers for these years.

We have one more Mass of Thanksgiving scheduled with Bishop James Wall on Saturday, September 24th (more events to be scheduled in the future).  Be sure to mark your calendars.  All are welcome to attend. 

Enjoy the photos below from the Summer Mass of Thanksgiving...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Von Hildebrand's Transformation in Christ

A meditation from Sr. Mary Fidelis on Von Hildebrand's TRANSFORMATION in CHRIST:
One of my favorite books to come back to again and again is Dietrich von Hildebrand's Transformation in Christ. Here is a sampling of the chapter titles: Contrition, True Simplicity, True Freedom, Holy Patience, Holy Mercy, True Surrender of Self. But the first chapter that must be read and ruminated before any of the others are undertaken is: THE READINESS TO CHANGE. This is the prerequisite necessary for any transformation.

Von Hildebrand states very confidently: "All true Christian life must begin with a deep yearning to become a 'new man' in Christ, and an inner readiness to 'put off the old man' - a readiness to become something fundamentally different."  What a challenge! Sometimes when facing my own faults or character flaws, I work on changing this or that. Such work usually bears little lasting fruit, because it's still caught up in the self, it's not about letting our Lord accomplish His work of sanctification.

Yes, to allow my character as a whole to be transformed by Him...this is a challenge indeed. And this is what is meant by a READINESS TO CHANGE, a readiness for a fundamental change. TRANSFORMATION!

Think of this idea of TRANSFORMATION as a spotlight shining out from the Heart of Christ. It's His love that radiates this light. But we must allow the Light to rest upon us. The light can be startling, as it circles the globe searching for ready hearts. It can be scary to allow this light to rest on us because all of our flaws are exposed. Sometimes we may think: "Let me fix some of these flaws first, then I will bask in the light of God's love." Ah, but that's not how it works. It's never about US accomplishing - it's about us corresponding to the transforming love of Christ. It's about this LIGHT doing the work of TRANSFORMATION. It's about us simply bearing a READINESS TO CHANGE, a willingness to allow the light to rest upon us, a willingness to be fundamentally transformed!

Also the Pentecost Novena is in full swing! Let us beg for a share in all the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS!!!

(below is my favorite translation of the Veni Sancte Spiritus - so good to meditate on as we prepare for Pentecost!)
Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From Thy clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure,
Come, Thou Light of all who live.

Thou, of all consolers, best,
Thou, the soul's delightsome Guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light Divine,
Visit Thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.

If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds; our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give them comfort when they die,
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys that never end.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Local Mass of Thankgiving Snapshots

On Saturday, May 28th, Fr. Billy Kosco celebrated a local Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Solitude for those from the Tonopah/Buckeye area.  It was a joyful day spent giving thanks to God for choosing Tonopah as the place for our monastery.  Here in this 'out of the way' place Our Lord is very near!  He is reining gloriously from His new Eucharistic Throne. 

Fr. Billy pointed out that monasteries are called to preserve authentic culture and tradition.  They are to provide a sense of permanence in a changing world.  It is our firm hope that Our Lady of Solitude will provide this, through our community, for the diocese of Phoenix. 

Our local friends truly are great gifts to us.  Through the instrumentality of Fr. Billy, the "Ladies of Solitude Guild" of St. Henry's Catholic Church was created.  Under the leadership of Wesley Rodermund, these wonderful women are dedicated to assisting our community in many different ways: taking several hours of Eucharistic Adoration, cleaning the Church, running errands, and just about anything else you can think of!  For the local Mass of Thanksgiving, they provided refreshments after Mass.  We are grateful for these inspiring ladies.

Enjoy the photos below of the festivities from this Mass and reception!

Note that the next Mass of Thanksgiving is on June 11th at 10 a.m., celebrated by Fr. Fred Adamson.  All are welcome!