Imagine if you will a wave, like a ripple in a pond, emanating from the Tehachapi mountains in a concentric circle. The source of this wave is not an earthquake caused by tectonic movement but something even more powerful: prayer. As it flows outward and eventually envelops the world, it penetrates both the darkness and the light.
This concerted “raising of one’s mind and heart to God and the requesting of good things from God” clearly does not destroy, but just the opposite. This mystical vibration, like a heart, “pumps the sap of grace” to our fallen planet and impacts the secular blind, the spiritually lethargic, the religious myopic and even the righteous. It advocates for our eternal well-being.
Quite a force, tsunamic to my way of thinking. What is the wellspring that creates such faith? Simply put, it’s the essence of our existence, the Way, the Truth and the Life. And the nexus of this not so imaginary wave? The cloistered Norbertine Nuns of Tehachapi California, who shroud themselves in the Divine Source and strive to be part of Jesus’ Love and Work.
They do so as warrior Nuns which is not hyperbole. Their modus operandi is stealth, but you must understand that they are indeed on the front lines battling the evils of the world as soldiers of God. They are innocent as doves and cunning as serpents. They have to be, to fight the fight well. What prompts this radical vocation? They are in love with Jesus, their relentless crusade is for Him and their objective is to love as Jesus commands – for you and me and the world.
In Love – for Love – to Love.
Let’s first start with a premise and then my objective. Premise. You either believe in a Trinitarian God and desire to do His will or you don’t. If you don’t, your particular world view will probably find the following rather out-there, medieval, superstitious, un-scientific, almost silly. But if you do believe in this great petition of Christian prayer, “Thy will be done,” you desire to unite your will to His to fulfill His plan of salvation in the life of the world.
Our province of Catholic faith starts with the here and now. But it is also beyond time and space, both supernatural and transcendental where eternity resides, and miracles are born.
Now my objective. I’m on the hunt for a miracle. The vibrant and growing community of the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph are running out of room. Just as, if not more important, their current twice-expanded chapel is still located in the property’s original early 1900’s ranch house, not a dwelling place intended for the worship and majesty of God. They need capital to grow, $12 million to be precise, for the construction of a chapel and additional wing to house the ever-expanding corps of Sisters.
Being faithful to their cloistered vocation, they seek to raise funds in a manner consistent with their hidden way of life, e.g., through their FirstFruits newsletters, their website and donate buttons, etc.; they do not organize or host fundraisers, or similar types of events. So, it’s incumbent upon this unworthy former Marine to tell you a little about them so you can investigate further if you choose. Then you can decide whether to help and participate with the graces of the Spirit so that the work of these remarkable Nuns can flourish.
Their story is riveting.