|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 :)|