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

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friends and Family

Even though it is beginning to get hot in Arizona, it seems like we have an influx of visitors...which makes us very happy!  Below you will see photos of 2 of our beloved friends: Br. Francis Edkins, CFR and Kellie Taylor.  Both of them recently got a first class tour of the building site.  We can't help but show off that beautiful chapel :)  Just gotta love this pic of our favorite 6 ft 8 in Friar.  Smile, smile

It is the time for family visits as well. Sr. Augustine's sister and family were here in March.  Then Sr. Marie Andre and Sr. Marie St. Paul's mom just left today after a wonderful visit.  Sr. Esther Marie's mom and Sr. Mary Fidelis' mom and dad are coming in next week.  And Sr. John-Mark's family will be coming for their visit at the end of May.  It's wonderful to be able to share all the Lord is doing with our families - who offer such wonderful support and unconditional love!

Please be sure to check out the Dreams to Reality blog for an update on building progress and to see the latest and greatest of the Stained Glass Window (Beautiful - way to go Bovard Studios and Sr. Esther Marie).  Below is a pic of the completed lettering for the bottom portion of the 3 windows.

Monday, April 19, 2010

5 years ago today..."Habemus Papam"

5 years ago...
Let's see, five years ago today, we were at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, preparing to come West - with all the final packing and preparations being made.  
More specifically, 
5 years ago today, 
the Sisters and I  were huddled in front of the TV with our 35 Sisters at OLAM  waiting for the white plume of smoke to come from the Sistine Chapel chimney.  I think most Catholics were doing the exact same thing.  
5 years ago...
Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope...

5 years ago...
our Church and our world received a great gift in Pope Benedict XVI. 

April 19th, 2005 was a great day indeed!  Seeing Pope Benedict for the first time - as Pope Benedict - as he walked out onto the balcony to be introduced to the world was so moving.  I was too young to remember Pope John Paul II's election.  So for me, Pope Benedict XVI is the first Pope I've seen from the beginning.  I was sitting next to Sr. Marie Andre when they finally announced HABEMUS PAPAM.  We have a Pope.  And then they said "Joseph" and we all knew who it was.  Sr. Andre screamed like she's never screamed before (or since).  If you know Sister at all, you know she is pretty low key and rarely raises her voice.  But she let out such a scream of delight, I feel certain that Pope Benedict XVI heard it all the way in Rome.  :)  

As he spoke those first words to us - as our new Holy Father - His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (one of the greatest minds of our modern age) said so simply: "Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Lord Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to act, even with inadequate instruments and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, trusting in His permanent help, as we go forward the Lord will help us, and His Mother, Mary Most Holy, is on our side. Thank you."

It was as if the whole world held their breath, until we heard those words: Habemus Papam!  We have a Pope.  We have a Shepherd.  We have a Father! Ah, then it seemed like the whole world - Catholics and non-Catholics alike - rejoiced that Holy Mother Church had a Shepherd once again at the helm of the ship...and what a Shepherd!  Habemus Papam!

Over the course of the last 5 years, we have witnessed Our Holy Father's efforts to advance the mission of the Church in simple, brilliant, and striking ways.  He has shown us, time and again, the beauty of the Face of Christ.  He continues to radiant this Face to the flock of Christ.  

Our beloved Holy Father needs our prayers now more than ever.  With vicious attacks in the media, misunderstanding and slander on every side - it's as if those first words of his ring out again: I entrust myself to your prayers...  

In his inauguration homily on April 24, 2005, Pope Benedict said the following words.  Perhaps it would be good for all of us to read them in light the current state of affairs.  In doing so we see how clearly he is keeping to the course set out at the beginning of his Pontificate...to feed his sheep - the nourishment of  God's truth...
One of the basic characteristics of a shepherd must be to love the people entrusted to him, even as he loves Christ whom he serves. “Feed my sheep”, says Christ to Peter, and now, at this moment, he says it to me as well. Feeding means loving, and loving also means being ready to suffer. Loving means giving the sheep what is truly good, the nourishment of God’s truth, of God’s word, the nourishment of his presence, which he gives us in the Blessed Sacrament. My dear friends – at this moment I can only say: pray for me, that I may learn to love the Lord more and more. Pray for me, that I may learn to love his flock more and more – in other words, you, the holy Church, each one of you and all of you together. Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one another.

We love you, Pope Benedict XVI!  Happy 5th Anniversary!!
You have our prayers...

Monday, April 12, 2010

stone, precast, westies

This photo is deserving of a great and humorous caption! 
Just looking at it, makes me smile!
Joe's posture makes me think he is giving
Sr. Esther Marie a hard time. 
No...not Joe (smile, smile).
Last Thursday we traveled to Tonopah to see the construction progress and meet with our trusty construction crew.  All I can say is: WOW.  The progress that has been made is marvelous.  The stone looks so awesome.  The roof beams are going in as well (as a matter of fact, by now, they are already in).  The dark stain finish looks fantastic.  Standing in the sacristy there is already a roof over our heads.  It's awesome.  Everything is done to perfection.  The precast that goes around the windows is a delightful contrast to the stonework.  As I was gazing upon this beautiful structure, I looked beyond it at the mountains.  I was really struck by how it so harmoniously blends in with all the desert hues.

I can't end this blog without sharing with you this great photo of the dogs.  It's been awhile since they have been featured in any of the blogs.  Percy is the most photogenic dog that you'd ever want to meet.  He loves 'posing' for pics.  However, Fergus is not of the same opinion.  As soon as he sees the camera, he goes wild.  This photo of Ferg (with Percy's snout featured in the lower right) just captures his crazy personality!  I thought you might enjoy seeing it.  And just to prove my point about Percy, below Ferg's crazy pic, is our posing Sir Thomas Percy!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Nun Run Photos - Up and Running

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At long last the photos are up and ready to be downloaded!  The Nun Run was a smashing success - destined to be annual event to bring community together in such a unique way!

There are TONS of pictures taken by our dear friend and professional photographer: Jeff Fuentebella.  Enjoy them.  There are others taken by us or by those at the event - and they are in the set marked PCPA.  The final set is made up of photos of shadow participants.  LOTS of FUN pics in this set.  It is a growing collection.  We still have more to add.  So be sure to check back as we continue to update.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter 2010

Easter at Our Lady of Solitude was awesome.  Below is a sneak peak into our Easter Triduum.  I hope you enjoy it.  More to come soon!