It is traditional for most religious and especially for monastic-contemplative communities that Lent be a time of a more intense withdrawal into the desert for that solitude and silence needed to hear the voice of the Lord. So, all correspondence, parlour visits or phone calls from family and friends are suspended for the duration of this sacred time as we focus our hearts and minds on Christ Crucified and His love for us.

In this spirit MONIALES OP will have few if any postings beyond a few announcements and maybe a Lenten reflection piece. Maybe.

If you would like to read on what Lent is like in our monastery, our Sr. Mary Catharine wrote a piece for Our Sunday Visitor several years ago. Here is the full version, "Lent—Monastery Style".