Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sister Marie Elise Solemn Profession Pictures

Here are some pictures from yesterday's Solemn Profession ceremony:

Sister Marie Elise
leads the entrance procession of the Sisters

Sister Marie Elise
prostrate under a pall while the congregation prays
the litany of the Saints.
This symbolized her death to her former life and her rising to a new life in Christ.
Bishop DiLorenzo
prays the Solemn Prayer of Consecration
over the newly professed Sister Marie Elise

Monday, July 28, 2014

Solemn Profession tomorrow!

Our dear Sister Marie Elise of Jesus Crucified will make her Solemn Vows tomorrow!  Pray for her!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rain Dance

As the Gospel gives us today another gardening parable, I here share another Poor Clare gardening experience.  Perhaps this only happens to me.  I wait patiently for the rain to come and water our vegetables.  Day after day the sky is blue.  Or clouds do arise on the horizon only to lumber by without dropping any of their cargo.  Finally I give up and drag out the hose in the early morning.  Almost without fail, by the end of the day a storm has blown in from heaven knows where and has watered all the gardens better than I ever could in one percent of the time.  So now, whenever I water the vegetable field, I say that I am doing my rain dance.  But about a month ago, the ultimate happened:  while I was watering a thunderhead appeared…

Rain Dance

While I ploddingly watered my panting garden,
The thunder grumbled down on me.
I could not help but hearken
As the frowning monster darkened
The bending, trembling trees.

Eyeing it with apprehension,
Reluctant to spark undue aggression,
Yet more in me was expectation.

So with hose in hand
I defied the sky
Until then happy and
Hopelessly dry.
“I dare you to better
My hose and I!”

For my sun-drenched land
I would dance and tease,
That the rain may be better
And I at ease.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Poor Clare Summer Gardening

Today’s Gospel of the Sower reminds me that it has been awhile since I have given any Garden Updates.  Our Poor Clare garden is in full summer swing, but I felt it more opportune to share about the flourishing of our Novitiate Sisters.  It has been a blessedly challenging time keeping up with both!  

So, to report:  we harvested a record number of asparagus spears and now the plants are beautifully lush and green.  I especially love to see them sparkling with dew in the early morning sun.  The beets did really well as did the spinach and kale.  The level of productivity of the summer squash has not come up to last year’s standards, while the green beans are producing vigorously.  Transplanting was almost a total disaster—better luck next year through better methodology!

Gardening was the basis for some of our Lord’s parables and is also an endless source of inspiration and prayer for us.  Here is a little poem from a little novitiate gardener:

 Flower Pot

I never was much to look at-
Nor am I still-
A chipped reject, little worthy of mention,
Save for the attention of a morning in Spring
When tool shed door groaned in on musty darkness,
And an earthy hand plucked me, moldy, forth,
Filled last Autumn’s emptiness with soil,
Pushed in a poignant seed-

Now you see
A glorious blossom-
Why look at me?

Visit us again for more Summer Gardening updates!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Poor Clare Fourth of July

Our Lord said in today’s Gospel that the Father reveals “these things” to the little ones.  What are “these things” but the many forms of His love and care for us?  The 4th of July fireworks always brings out the child in every American, and even in many non-Americans as well.  Mother Abbess’ family provides us each year with sparklers for our entertainment.  Here are some pictures of us enjoying them.

After the sparklers were finished, two of us began some good old American square dancing while the rest cheered them on.