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13.6.18.

There is great 'busyness' in the cloister courtyard, potting out & potting on. It's looking very pretty with magnificent roses, poppies & herbs. The hanging baskets are being planted & the sunflowers are seeking a sun-drenched spot. These bright, sunny days are inviting for spending time amidst God's beauty.
                 


       

8.6.18.             Sacred Heart

On this special feast of the Sacred Heart we share with you our joy-filled news that yesterday Sr Mary Joseph was re-elected as our Superior. Rev Fr. Stephen Ortiger, our Vicar for Religious, came to officiate.
God be praised!
             


     


 

4.6.18.

Our Queen bee died! Now Sr Jane Margaret has a new swarm in the hive with a new queen & we are hoping that the old & new families will mingle well together.
In the process of bringing the hive back to the park Donna, who with Sr Clare Chantal was helping, got stung! We had been wondering what to call the path leading up to the hive, thinking Honey Lane might be pretty, now it's called Sting Alley!

 
                       


             

30.5.18.

This evening we begin First Vespers for the feast of the Visitation tomorrow. Before the Blessed Sacrament we will remember you all in our prayers; for yourselves, your families & all your intentions. May Our Blessed Lady enfold you in her special care.
       


 


     

'If the mind can say nothing, let the heart speak. Though we had nothing else to say to God than to tell Him that we love Him & that He is worthy of love; that is enough.'
  St Jane de Chantal
     1572-1641

29.5.18.

Last week Mother Mary Joseph & Sr Jane Margaret attended the A.B.C. conferences & meetings at Hindsley Hall in Leeds. The is the Association of British Contemplatives; among other things they discussed the new paper out from Rome for Contemplatives, 'Cor Orans'. It was well attended by Sisters from many different contemplative orders.
                     


       


25.5.18.

As we approach Trinity Sunday here are a few pics of the monastery & surroundings. Glory be to the Father & to the Son & to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
                     

 
       

22.5.18.

We've been to a wedding as I'm sure many of you have. Last Saturday we spent the day in Windsor via BBC TV & it was all wonderful; we'd put the bunting up, the Union Jack napkins, red roses & decorations were out, the pink sparkling wedding wine was poured & we were all set! Amid a glorious sun-filled day we celebrated with millions of others the wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan; especially as they are now the Duke & Duchess of Sussex, our home county! Perhaps they'll come to visit one day?
                     



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17.5.18.


We are in retreat for these 3 days prior to the feast of Pentecost; with early mass the days are long & full of prayer. The other evening at Vespers we had the windows in Choir open & a blackbird accompanied us, it was so beautiful, he seemed to be singing because we were, joining in praising God. He even reached the top notes better than we did!

                     



       

7.5.18.

We have re-arranged the stalls in Choir, see if you like them. During this month of Our Lady we, as a community, are sharing together each week the beautiful book 'Be it done unto me ' compiled by David Payne, who tells us it is a book about the most important woman who ever lived - Mary, the Mother of God. It's accompanied by 5 DVD sessions each lasting 25 minutes; we are enjoying this little journey with Our Lady during the month of May.

                     


       


26.4.18.


It's bluebell season & the woods have turned into a lake; a blue misty haze everywhere you look.
'I do not think I have seen anything more beautiful than the bluebell I have been looking at. I know the beauty of Our Lord by it'.
                            Gerad Manley Hopkins
                     
 

       

22.4.18.

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday when we thank Mother Mary Joseph for being our Good Shepherd & pray especially for vocations to the priesthood & religious life. Our tradition at Waldron is to have a spring flower decked crook & to sing 'All in an April morning'.
                     

       

18.4.18.

The sun is out in a blue sky, the birds are singing & the little spring flowers are popping up everywhere. Our hearts & souls are lifted by God's beauty in spring. What's not to dance about?
                     
       

11.4.18.

We are all unique, we are all special; in God's eyes we are all precious. Our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales says that we must 'Be who we are & be that well'. We should treasure our differentness. Jesus turned the Disciples' world upside down & He does the same to us, but that's okay because we've said 'yes' & we love Him.
                     


       

9.4.18.

Today for us is March 25th as we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation! For us it is a 'Sunday' with adoration before the Blessed Sacrament all day as we rejoice with Mary in our 'Fiat'  & more so as we also celebrate today Sr Jane Margaret's Pearl Jubilee of profession & the Solemn Final Profession of three of our Vietnamese sisters in our monastery of Caen.
God be praised!
                     



       
 

1.4.18.

Click on the picture to share our Easter days.
     



         
 
1.4.18.     Easter Sunday

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Easter Blessings,
 love & prayers to you all.
     








       

25.3.18.                    Palm Sunday 

And so the most holiest of the Church's weeks begins; we are in retreat from tonight onwards & will remember you all in prayer. We wish you a very blessed & grace-filled week. Click on picture.
     

         

         'Blessed is he who
comes in the name of the Lord'
 

24.3.18.

This past week we celebrated World Down's Syndrome Day & among the many articles printed I read this - click on the picture.
   

           


To see the Carpool Karaoke
of Mums & their children
go to the link below

https://youtu.be/rMxtCmdlXKc

23.3.18.

Yesterday Sr Columba, an Augustinian sister of Mercy & our dear friend of over 30 years, visited as she was over for a few days from Ireland. It was so good to see her & to catch up on news. God is good to give us such faithful friends. Click on the picture.
                   



     

19.3.18.
                           St Joseph

214 years ago today 3 French sisters, originally from our monastery of Rouen, came over from Portugal, where they had fled during the French Revolution, & founded the Visitation Order in England. They had a perilous journey, encountering pirates but by grace & in great trust they persevered. Originally 6 sisters had left our monastery of Lisbon in an English packet ship & while at sea they were attacked by pirates; their lives were spared because they were French, not English! They returned safely to Vigo in Spain; after a brief stay they attempted a second crossing & this time were successful, arrivng in Falmouth 29th January 1804, the old feastday of St Francis de Sales. They later journied to Acton where the first Monastery of the Visitation was established on the feast of St Joseph 1804.
                   







     

14.3.18.

Lent is a good time to enter into & to practise silence; there isn't much of it in our world today, it's as if we're frightened of it; we always have to have the ear phones in, the music on, the constant chatter. Yet there is a great call to silence for all of us. Nature itself thrives in silence, all that grows does so in silence, often unheard & unseen. In a few days it will be the feast of St Joseph, truly a man of silence. John O'Donohue puts it beautifully.  Click on the picture.
                   




     

5.3.18.

Those who are familiar with the writings of our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales, know that bees figure prominently in the examples he uses to illustrate different aspects of the spiritual life. During these weeks of Lent we share an exerpt from his homily on Ash Wednesday, 9th February 1622. It highlights his affection & admiration of bees.
Click on the bee.
                   



     

1.3.18.

Greetings from our winter wonderland on this feast of St David. More snow is promised today & tomorrow but we are fortunate we don't have to venture out to work in these conditions, as many do. Keep safe & warm.
                   

     

22.2.18.

St Francis de Sales was all about balance, so he would encourage us to have a balanced view of fasting & feasting during Lent. He would advise us to spend these weeks of Lent in a meaningful & joyful way. Click on picture opposite to see some ideas from William Ward, an American Pastor & Novelist.

                   



     
20.2.18.

Our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales, told us to 'bloom where you are planted', I think that's exactly what God whispered to these trees! How wonderful is nature in it's courage & beauty.
                   
     

14.2.18.                Ash Wednnesday

Lent is all about love, so it's apt that Ash Wednesday this year falls on St Valentines day. We may spend the next 6 weeks giving something up or trying to achieve something positive, but perhaps a good challenge would be to just 'let God love us'! Edwina Gately puts it beautifully in her poem. I wish you a very blessed & prayerful Lent.
                   

     

12.2.18.

A bit of fun & laughter helps with
the clearing up after supper during
this Shrove-tide. 
                   

 
     

7.2.18.

. . . . and again today. There is a 'hush' in the air as the snow gently falls, blanketing the earth; some poor daffodils are trying to make an appearance but are now heavily weighed down by snow! It certainly is magical to see.
                   


     

5.2.18.

Look what we woke up to this morning, so beautiful but gone by midday. Hope you are all managing to keep warm.
                   

     

28.1.18

The word 'Eucharist' means thanksgiving; how blessed are we who live in a monastery where the Holy Eucharist is preserved.  Henri Nouwen tells us that to live a Eucharistic life has everything to do with gratitude; for us as contemplatives, the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament, is the centre of our lives, our raison d'etre. On all big feastdays we celebrate by having Exposition & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament all day, as we do each 1st Friday of the month & each evening for prayer after Vespers. We live our lives in gratitude to a God who lies hidden in a small wafer of bread; who does not impose Himself on us but patiently waits for us to come before Him.

 

                   





 
     

23.1.18.

Tomorrow we celebrate, with our sisters all over the world, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, beginning at first Vespers this evening. Together we give thanks for our vocation within the Church, we ask Our Holy Founder to bless our communities that we may each 'Live Jesus' where He has called us to be, & to enfold within that calling all those who journey with us in love & faith. We remember you all in prayer.
                   


 
     

18.1.18.

? Sorry self-portraits!!! 
                           
17.1.18.

Apart from many days of cold & flu bugs to start this new year, we have also enjoyed a visit from the Waldron Pealers who came to play their hand bells one afternoon. It is such a skill, the ladies are so lovely & we thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Thank you for sharing  with us, see you next year!
                   


     


5.1.18.


Another year, another page! In Jimmy McGovern's TV programme 'Broken' each time the priest met with someone he would light a candle, as he said 'To show that Christ is here with us'. Every Sunday morning on Radio 2, Rev Kate Bottley lights a virtual candle 'In remembrance of people we love'. That little flickering flame can mean so much to so many, it can be a symbol of many different things, lighting up for just a few seconds, the needs we carry in our hearts. On New Year's Eve we lit our candles & in a short Vigil we gave thanks & praise to God for all the blessings of the old year & our 'Fiat' & hopes of what this New Year will bring. In your heart today light your candle, pray to be a light for someone else this year; it doesn't have to be a strong flame, it can flicker & be barely visible, but we will never know what it has meant for others.