Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
|Sr. Marie St. Paul receiving Holy Communion on the Solemnity of Our Holy Mother Clare|
|Pilgrims who came for the St. Clare Mass and Indulgence|
|Reception after Mass by Ladies of Solitude (THANK YOU!)|
|Friends and Family of our candidate Tara came out to celebrate St. Clare with us.|
|Sr. Marie Andre spending some time with one of our oldest AZ friends - Rob!|
|Sr. John-Mark enjoying some quiet time with the Lord in our new Choir Stalls|
According to Cardinal George, the enclosed contemplative life is a permanent Sabbath. Therefore contemplatives begin now to live what all the blessed souls in Heaven live for all eternity. Granted, we don't live that perfectly. Rather in our earthly bodies - with all of our faults and foibles - we STRIVE to live that blessed eternal Sabbath, that endless day of adoration. Our life becomes, in the words of the great Carmelite Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Praise of Glory.
Now, although, the majority of mankind is not called to the contemplative life nor to this permanent Sabbath on earth, each of us - regardless of our state in life - is called to celebrate the Sabbath each Sunday. For just one day a week, to really enjoy the Lord, delight in Him, listen to Him, rejoice in Him, spend time with Him and be renewed by Him. The witness of the contemplative is to stir in the hearts of all the faithful a desire to 'taste and see the goodness of the Lord', to stir in them a desire to live the Sabbath.
On a side note: We are living in a day when we find our religious freedom at risk by a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to truth and beauty and good...and God. Here's an interesting move in the the right direction: Pope Benedict XVI recently was quoted saying that 'by defending Sunday we defend man's freedom.'
We are all grasping to find ways to preserve our RIGHT to religious freedom - AS WE SHOULD. Well here's an idea, let's start defending Sunday (living the Sabbath) as a means of maintaining our freedom, our freedom as children of God. From this will flow the strength and courage to defend the right of religious freedom in all facets of life. Being renewed each Sunday both from within (in our relationship with God) and from without (in our relationship with family and loved ones), our week will unfold then in the light of God, imbued with the hope of hearing Him say "I love you" in a million different ways.
|The choir stalls in the Mass Choir were recently installed. Awesome!!|
|And the choir stalls for the Cloistered Adoration Choir were installed as well. Doubly Awesome!|
|We have had our fair share of Monsoon rains this year! Here you see the retention basins doing their duty! Kudos to Sr. John-Mark, our creative photographer, who caught the reflection of the chapel in the water :)|
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|4th of July Picnic with Brittany and Tara|
There are times in life when we get a little glimpse of reality and know how little and vulnerable and helpless we are. But such moments, if we are attentive, are always accompanied by a clearer glimpse of the greater reality of the power and strength and protecting love of Our Father.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|St. Gianna, Pray For Us|
Monday, June 11, 2012
I love this thought of linking communion with contemplation. There is a common misconception that 'contemplation' is an empty void. But we know that this is not the case at all! True contemplation is communion. Granted, this communion is not noisy or 'crowded'. But, nor is it emptiness! True contemplation is union with the God Who loves us first and best. The Holy Father is inviting us to break through the facades and enter into the true reality of deep communion with Our Lord - and what better way to do so than by Eucharistic Adoration!
Communion and contemplation cannot be separated, they go together. To really communicate with another person I must know him, I must be able to be in silence close to him, to hear him and to look at him with love. True love and true friendship always live of the reciprocity of looks, of intense, eloquent silences full of respect and veneration, so that the encounter is lived profoundly, in a personal not a superficial way. And, unfortunately, if this dimension is lacking, even sacramental communion itself can become, on our part, a superficial gesture.
Godhead here in hiding, Whom I do adore. Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more. See Lord at Thy service, low lies here a heart...lost all lost in wonder at the God Thou art. (from the Adoro Te Devote, St. Thomas Aquinas)
Friday, June 1, 2012
The gaze of Jesus, what 'his eyes' teach us, leads to human closeness, solidarity, giving time, sharing our gifts and even our material goods.
|Percy and Fergus were VERY interested in all the smells from the fresh veggies!!|
Thursday, May 31, 2012
"I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest. Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question. Let me try briefly to reply. I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely. For it remains a mystery, even to myself. How does one explain the ways of God? Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!' There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own. Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest.
And you can probably tell that I am deeply grateful to God for my vocation to the priesthood. Nothing means more to me or gives me greater joy that to celebrate Mass each day and to serve God's people in the Church. That has been true ever since the day of my ordination as a priest. Nothing has ever changed this, not even becoming Pope." (Bl. John Paul II, Sept. 14, 1987)
|Fr. Don Kline giving a talk to young adults in early 2012|
On June 2, 2012, here in Phoenix, Deacon Dan Vanyo will be ordained a Priest. And in Birmingham AL, two of our MFVA Friars, Deacon Leonard and Deacon Patrick, will be ordained Priests. Tis the season of ordinations, tis the season of grace! May the Lord pour out abundant graces on each of them.
Let us remember all those men who will be ordained to the Priesthood over the course of the next month. Let us remember, with gratitude, all the priests who celebrate anniversaries of ordination during this time. Perhaps they, like JPII, will look back and say: "This call remains a mystery, even to myself."
Finally, let us remember all those young men who are discerning their vocation and feel that the Lord may be calling them the priesthood. Let us ask the Lord to 'convince' them of their vocation, and should that be the priesthood, to give them courage to follow Him with courage and humility of heart.
Monday, May 14, 2012
to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.” -St. Pio
|Gotta love the impish look on Sr. Marie St. Paul's face ;)|
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
|(photo taken at our Communal Retreat, given by Fr. Marco, in August 2011)|
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
St. Joseph did not hesitate to surrender to God's call, which is always a risk and a leap forward to a promise not fully known, requiring a courage perhaps not easily felt. In his hidden life in Nazareth, St. Joseph lived the most privileged intimacy with God. (from Fr. Donald Haggerty)
Seven years ago today, under the protection and patronage of St. Joseph, we departed from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Alabama and headed West to begin this foundation in the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Great St. Joseph has been with us from the get-go and has not left our side - like a good father, he protects, guides and intercedes for us in our big needs and our little needs. There isn’t a statue of St. Joseph (save for the one in the public Chapel), whose hands are not filled (literally) with all of our petitions.
St. Joseph teaches us how to surrender to God’s call, how to risk, dare, leap, hope, and trust. He teaches us how to live an hidden and humble life, consumed with the manual labor of ordinary daily tasks and deep intimacy with Jesus, accompanied by Our Lady.
I believe that it would please Mary greatly that the first day of May, the month dedicated to her honor, is spent praising her husband, St. Joseph.
Speaking of Mary, on Sunday, May 13th, we will have a May Crowning after Mass (Fr. Billy Kosco will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m.). We invite young girls between the ages of 5-12, to join the May Crowning Procession. Parents, if you have any girls interested in participating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
"Without being under any necessity to do so in His glorified body, Christ did ordinary things. He walked and talked and ate with men, built a little fire, and cooked for them, comforted them, and renewed their faith, but not by compelling them to be shocked into faith - even by the shock of joy - but by approaching each one individually through the individual's own mentality and temperament.
He was showing men how they were to go on living His Risen Life all through time. They were to give Him to one another, and as simply as He gave Himself, through words and kindness, through their work and friendship, through learning one another's mind and heart and approaching each one separately, through accepting and leavening the sorrow of the world by the interchange of their Christ-love. Above all, by sacramental Communion with Him, in which they are made one."
Monday, April 9, 2012
How can we not propose Clare, and Francis, to young people today? The time that separates us from the event of these 2 saints has not diminished their power of attraction. On the contrary, we can see their relevance in the face of the illusions and delusions that mark the contemporary condition of young people. Never before has a time inspired so much dreaming among the youth, with the thousand attractions of a life in which everything seems possible and licit. And yet, how much dissatisfaction is present, how often the pursuit of happiness, of realization ends up setting out on roads that lead to false paradises, such as those of drugs and unbridled sexuality! The current situation of difficulty in finding dignified work and of forming a unified and happy family, also adds clouds to the horizon. There is no lack, however, of young people, in our times too, who accept the invitation to give themselves to Christ and to face the journey of life with courage, responsibility and hope, even making the choice to leave everything to follow him in total service to him and to our brothers. The story of Clare, together with that of Francis, is an invitation to reflect on the meaning of existence and to seek in God the secret of true joy. It is a concrete proof that those who do the Lord’s will and confide in him not alone do not lose anything, but find the real treasure that is able to confer meaning on everything.
For the Triduum celebrations, we were blessed to have two wonderful Priests with us - Fr. Greg Menegay and Fr. Robert Bolding. Below are photos to allow you to share in our 'inexpressible joy touched with glory!'
|Altar of Repose at Our Lady of Solitude|
|Praying the 7 Sorrows of Mary on Holy Saturday|
|Beginning of the prayers to Our Lady of Solitude on Holy Saturday|
|Beginning of the Easter Vigil: CHRIST OUR LIGHT, THANKS BE TO GOD|
|The procession into the darkened Church with the Paschal Candle|
|A sneak peak of the light of glory on Easter Morning after Mass|
|Sr. Mary Fidelis' parents came to AZ to celebrate Easter - and supplied a marvelous Easter dinner!|
We praise God for the all the graces, blessings an inexpressible joy that He gives so freely. The Lord is risen, Alleluia. He is risen indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia!!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
- Blessed John Paul II
|just a lil desert storm rollin in!|
|Just a lil' light weedin'|
So, dear Lord, Divine Gardener of my soul, come and pull out the weeds of vice, even the weeds that I have neglected for so long. I beg You to dig them out from the roots. I only want the flowers of virtue to grow in this little patch of the earth. I only want what You find beautiful to grow in my garden enclosed!
(On a side note: NCR ran a great article on their blog. Be sure to check it out...and leave a comment while you are at it!)
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Jeff Fuentabella - our faithful photographer - uploaded his 1100 photos.
Be sure to check them out:
Nun Run 2012 Photos, Part I
Nun Run 2012 Photos, Part II
Also, check out the revamped Nun Run site - with more photos, race results, and more. A race day video, as well as a shadow runner (y'all are awesome) video is in the works. Look for that by early next week.
Below is a sampling of the photos and a glimpse into some of the 'unforgettable' Nun Run moments!
|Doug Barry was a HOOT! He got up there and led everyone in a pre-race warm up!|
|Jumping jacks all around!|
|This little girl loves her country - hand over the heart for the National Anthem :)|
|Gotta love the hustle!|
|Our 10K Nun Runner (and Nun Run Organizer - she's amazing) - Sr. John-Mark!|
|She makes running look fun!|
|Could this be ASU and NAU smack talking a bit? All in good fun, I'm sure - because these are two of the friendliest people I know...and Fr. Matt is standing there to referee!|
|Loving the Nun Run Race Shirts: THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY|
|Nothing so sweet as crossing the finish line|
|Run Brittany, Run!|
|Some of the kids from "Chances for Children" organization - who brought over 25 kids to this years event.|
|YAY - Fr. Chad King! Thank you for coming Father!|
|Is that John Travolta - No, it's just Fr. Mark Mary stayin' alive! With our very own Sr. Marie St. Paul!!!|
|Photo, anyone? It was suggested that if we charge a buck a photo, we could begin construction on the monastery now :)|
|Somebody is a 'sore' winner! Classic Photo...|
|The winners of the School Challenge for 2012: ASU!!!|
|Our very close runners up: NAU - who traveled all the way from Flagstaff, AZ to participate!|
|Fr. Matt Lowry (NAU) and Fr. John Muir (ASU) who took part in the Chaplains Challenge. Fr. Muir finished 10 seconds ahead of Fr. Lowry. Should be a stiff competition again next year!|
|More 'Great Crowd!'|
|And just one more 'Great Crowd!'|