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Not Ashamed

by SrSharon

St. Francis said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” St. Paul said, “…and how can they believe in Christ if they have never heard about Christ? And how can they hear about Christ if they have never heard about Christ?… Whether by our words or our lives, we are the […]

“Good Labor”

by SrSharon

When I think of labor I remember the times when we all worked as a family.  On a crisp fall Saturday, every member of the family pitched in to rake leaves, edge walks, mow grass and sweep up. There was a rhythm in the day, orchestrated by nature.  When the sun stood straight up in […]

“Catch-Up Week”

by SrSharon

It is “catch-up week” at the monastery; a time to address unfinished projects, do major cleaning and clear out unnecessary stuff. Each day after Eucharist, sisters “dress down” in work clothes and begin to tackle what has been left undone for too long.  Vacuums, dusters and sisters, run at full tilt. As you can imagine, […]

“Beauty Waits”

by SrSharon

There is nothing more exciting than the moment before a flower blooms. The amaryllis in our Chapel is on the edge of its dawning day. It is almost, but not quite. A sliver of blossom pushes out of the stem’s enclosure screaming, “I am alive!  Wait and see!” That is the only action we can […]

“Five More”

by SrSharon

One day at dinner, a sister spotted two guinea hens foraging under the birdfeeder.  Eager to individualize them I asked, “What shall their names be?” “Ruth and Naomi!” piped up one sister. Ah, yes. The two gleaners from the Book of Ruth.  Perfect names for these two guinea hens. Ruth and Naomi must have spread […]

“Paper Bush”

by SrSharon

In the past year, three new friends have settled into our courtyard garden. They are sisters of a sort and their collective name is “oriental paper bush” or “Edgeworthia chrysantha.”  We know them as Sisters Joyce, Mary Clare and Helen, named for three of our sisters who slipped into eternity a couple of years ago, […]

Grateful For Our Way of Life

by SrSharon

I am so blessed to be living with women who are committed to a life of prayer and contemplation. Each one, in her own way, inspires me to be a better person and together we are becoming one beautiful, holy image of Christ. There is joy and fulfillment in my life, and I am so […]

Hidden Miracles

by SrSharon

    Last Sunday, we had a movie night (yes, nuns watch movies) and saw a film loaned to us from friends.  The movie is called “Lion” and is based on a true story of a five year old boy from a poor rural town in India, who is separated from his family and ends […]

The Essence of God In the Fruits of the Spirit

by PoorClareSC

Ninth gift:  Self-control Self-control begins with choice. The choices we make in life will ultimately determine who we become. The wisdom of the Ancient One says, “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. […]

God’s Essence In the Fruits of the Spirit

by PoorClareSC

Eighth Fruit: Gentleness Gentleness is eternal strength. It is lasting strength forged from humility. While the world assaults us with lies such as, “might makes right, “the tough survive,” and “winning is everything,” Gentleness quietly whispers, “know yourself.” St. Francis of Assisi, in describing true humility says, “… what a person is before God, that […]