|OUR LADY OF SOLITUDE MONASTERY|
IN THE DESERT OUTSIDE PHOENIX
We will have the memorial on October 20th at the United Church of Christ (my mother's old church) in North Hampton, New Hampshire, right across from 108 Post Road where we all grew up. I can't really get any handle on her death, and have just sort of been wandering aimlessly about all week.
I'm flying out Sunday to Phoenix where I will be picked up by kind-hearted volunteers "Cyndi" and "Phyllis"--I like these gals already--and ferried to the Our Lady of Solitude Monastery in the desert, there to spend until the following Friday in silence and prayer. My contact there is the good Sr. Mary Fidelis, a Shirt of Flame fan who (whom?) I can't wait to meet. They don't even have internet available to the retreatants, folks! In my fretting, co-dependent way, I'm very concerned with my beloved blog and readers, so I'm going to work up a couple of posts and attempt to set them up to be published during the week. Unless my phone works out there, and actually even if it does, I won't be able to respond with my usual alacrity/hovering to e-mails and comments, but the timing couldn't be better and I am so SO grateful at the thought of getting to "process."
I have a review copy of Br. Joseph F. Schmidt's new book, Walking the Little Way of Thérèse of Lisieux: Discovering the Path of Love, and plan on diving right in...At least as importantly, I have made a Trader Joe's run and stocked up on dark chocolate pralines, vegetable chips, and dried apricots. I can only pray they have coffee there.
Meanwhile, in the interests of staying abreast:
Check out my essay in the Autumn, 2012 issue of Portland, The University of Portland Magazine: "The Really Dangerous Idea Is the Gospels."
Also I have managed to format Poor Baby: A Child of the 60's Looks Back on Abortion, previously available only on kindle, into a hardcover format. So order away!
|LITTLE RIVER CHAPEL|
NORTH HAMPTON, NH
THIS IS WHERE THE PROTESTANTS OF MY HOMETOWN WORSHIP IN SUMMER!