A Simple Dialogue

dialogueA significant question is asked of a woman during the first profession ceremony: “What do you ask of God and of His Church?”

And our Sister responded: “I ask for God’s Love and a share in the life of this religious community.”

This succinct dialogue between the priest and the novice summarizes the entire vocation of the nun.

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Sprinkling Pilgrimage Into the Everyday

485314 302549719824982 1451113352 nTo embark upon a pilgrimage is to travel, in one sense, from the City of Man to the City of God. It is a walk into the holy landscape of the Gospels where we can contemplate the Divine Word and it that stillness listen to the Divine Silence. These two arms of Christ hold is in being, in esse, and nurture within us a response to the embrace of Love.

To The Shrine

We invite you to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Tomorrow we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Holy Mother blesses all who allow themselves to be lead to her son Jesus. But apart from our scheduled feast days you can visit at any time and place yourself in the desert of reflection and Communion. Daily Mass and confessions await all pilgrims as do the graces they confer to feed our souls.

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Love Is A Mystery

darlingBeautiful words from St. Faustina's Diary

Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God. The love of God makes a soul free. She is like a queen; she knows no slavish compulsion; she sets about everything with great freedom of soul, because the love which dwells in her incites her to action.

Everything that surrounds her makes her know that only God Himself is worthy of her love. A soul in love with God and immersed in Him approaches her duties with the same dispositions as she does Holy Communion and carries out the simplest tasks with great care, under the loving gaze of God. She is not troubled if, after some time, something turns out to be less successful. She remains calm, because at the time of the action she had done what was in her power.

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Christ Is The Firstborn of Creation

christ-creatingChrist is the first-born of every creature, and today it is St. Lawrence of Brindisi (feast July 21st) who reminds us of this reality -- the source of our childhood under a Heavenly Father and the source of our stewardship (the entrustment) of creation to our care.

“God is love, and all his operations proceed from love. Once he wills to manifest that goodness by sharing his love outside himself, then the Incarnation becomes the supreme manifestation of his goodness and love and glory.

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The Role of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament

DSC 0917-webExcerpts taken from the writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard on the Feast of the Ascension and the role of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament:

"When Jesus Christ went up to heaven on the day of His Ascension, He went to take possession of His throne of glory and prepare a place for us... However, in order to keep the hope of heaven in us and make it more efficacious, in order to have us wait patiently for the heaven of glory and lead us there, our Lord has created the beautiful heaven of the Eucharist. For the Eucharist is a beautiful heaven; it is heaven begun. Is it not Jesus glorified coming from heaven to earth, and bringing heaven with Him? Is not heaven wherever our Lord is? His state there, although hidden from our senses, is one of glory, triumph, and blessedness. He has done away with the miseries of this life; when we go to Communion, we receive heaven, since we receive Jesus Who is the whole joy and glory of paradise.

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First Friday Devotion

jesus-first-fridaysFrom the writings of St. Margaret Mary: "On Friday during Holy Communion, He said these words to His unworthy slave, if I mistake not: I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under my displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, my divine Heart making itself their assured refuge at the last moment."

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Every Human Heart Knows Suffering

aloneEvery human heart knows suffering, to a greater or lesser extent.

St. John of the Cross once said: “And I saw a river over which every soul must pass to reach the kingdom of heaven and the name of that river was suffering: and I saw a boat which carries souls across that river and the name of the boat was love.”

If we simply read the news and mark the map, then the suffering of humanity and the seeming triumph of evil will overcome us.

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If We Don't Understand Marriage Then What Of Religious Life?

matthias-church-matyasIf we don't get marriage and family right we will lose our grasp also of religious life and its charisms of adoration, contemplation, selfless service, and even the gift of celibacy which help define and shape our understanding of the sanctity of marital union. The attack on marriage and family is an attack against the vocation of love which we all share.

Religious life helps complete the breath and vastness of the interior castle, the potential of love -- echoes of the adorned and pure love God had prepared for us in the garden as man, and as woman.

The threat to religious life (chaste life) is a corollary to Pope Francis' observation, that a culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family," he said April 22 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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What kind of a King is Jesus?

what-kind-king-jesusJesus wasn't a king who lived in a palace.
He lives in our broken and wounded hearts.


He wasn't a king who was aloof from his people.
He became human and lives among us still.


He wasn't a king who used fear to gain people's loyalty.
He gains that through love and humility.



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Fathers and Daughters: Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

wpid-screenshot 2014-12-27-18-57-43-1-1We often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become stronger than their mothers.

But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have a desire to be thought of as precious, beautiful, and lovable. Ideally a father is able to model for his daughter that a man can appreciate and love her for her own sake, apart from merely her physical charms and "curves."

Learning this seems critical for a young girl, who is then able to discern the difference between this and the love of other men who may desire her in a more sexual way. That they have sexual desire for her is not wrong per se, but neither is it wrong for her to know that she is lovable for her own sake. Simply loving her for her physical charms is lust. True love is loving her her for her own sake. And even if sexual attraction is part of the picture, it is only part and she can know the difference. Having recognized that a man (in the first case her father) can love her in this fuller way, she is able to insist on it and discern when a young man's "love" is too narrow.

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If you feel you may have a vocation to our life of adoration and contemplation in the rich Clarian tradition of humility and service then please contact our Vocation Directress.

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