Praying the Stations of the Cross in the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

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God blessed us with very fine weather during the last weeks of October and, on a warm and windy day, we took advantage of the conditions to pray the Stations of the Cross together in the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The perimeter of this first phase of the garden is ringed with 14 traditional Stations of the Cross …

Defeat: The Squirrels Win!

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Alas! We must cry “Defeat!” Julius Ceasar is quoted as saying, “Veni. Vidi. Vici.” meaning, “I came. I saw. I conquered.” We have come to the conclusion that the vast array of squirrels surrounding our house, particularly Mater Dei House, can each say something similar. Perhaps it would be “I came. I gnawed. I conquered.” The presence of the cat …

Serendipity or God’s Lessons?

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This week when we listened to the Gospel message of Our Lord scolding the Pharisees as hypocrites for washing the outsides of cups and dishes while remaining unclean within, we enjoyed a parallel message, though in the form of wood. As many in Tennessee know well, wood + water + weather = maintenance. Despite our extra TLC, renovations and repairs of the …

Panoramic Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

Fiery Sun on a Frosty Morning

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We welcomed December with our first ‘snowfall’ of the year and captured some of these views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The stations may have been coated with snow and ice and the names of the priests looking white and frosty, but the rising sun turned it all into a dazzling spectacle of joy. Prayers are like …

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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With the recent answered prayers for rain…and fixed water lines, our gardens have been much happier of late. The Priest Garden’s bushes and shrubs have had some relief from the heat and dry conditions while their fellow gardens around Mater Dei house are providing beautiful flowers for the Chapel and Oratories and tasty vegetables for the table!

Well Update: A Swell Leak

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Thank you for all the prayers with our well situation. Last year a leak was found and repaired at the well head at the top of the ridge. One symptom of the emptying water line was a curiously loud hissing and spitting down from the well itself. Upon taking the lid off the well head, we were treated at regular …

The Well Ran Dry

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The Well Ran Dry…literally. We interrupt our normal reflections on the week’s cartoon to request your prayers and help in a matter of pressing concern. Well, of pressing concern for some nuns on a hilltop in East Tennessee. And well, it’s about a well. You may recall an earlier news post last year entitled “Well, well, well…our well is well!” …