18 05, 2018

Like the rush of a mighty wind the Holy Spirit comes

By |2022-06-01T15:48:57-07:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Like the rush of a mighty wind the Holy Spirit comes

Mother Basilea shares in The Holy Land Today, “Like the rush of a mighty wind the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, comes down to earth...he seeks out specific people, the disciples, a handful of miserable failures, who had lost faith and deserted their Lord during His Passion, for in the poor and needy He can demonstrate His power as Creator Spirit... He imbues despondent and fearful hearts with courage and power to witness. He accomplishes great transformations in the hearts of men. In Acts 4:31 we read that when the company of believers were assembled in prayer the place was shaken. But what must it have been like when the Holy Spirit Himself descended upon the heads of the disciples, imparting to them fervent love and the courage to suffer, setting them wholly on fire for God [...]

13 05, 2015

Ascension – The Hour of Jesus Homecoming

By |2022-06-02T09:56:36-07:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ascension – The Hour of Jesus Homecoming

Do you know what it is like to be able to go home after having been away for a long time - to be welcome there, and to have someone waiting for you who's made everything ready? That's what God the Father is like! Three times our Lord Jesus said that He was going to the Father - in John 16:5 and 10. And in John 14:28, He says, "I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I."… We can scarcely imagine how it was when Jesus entered the Father's house. The Father's arms were opened wide for Him and all the angels worshiped Him. How the Father must have waited until at last He could hold His Son in His arms again! It must have been a celebration that could have gone on forever. Then Jesus [...]

25 04, 2022

The Hour of Gethsemane Has Arrived For the World

By |2022-04-25T10:50:36-07:00April 25th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Friends, Please join us Sisters as we look more deeply into the suffering love of Jesus. We invite you to walk through the Garden of Jesus' Sufferings with Mother Basilea. https://www.canaaninthedesert.com/canaan-videos/ Our Sisters in Australia have sent this letter to share with you on this Good Friday. The link below takes you to short clips of devotions at various stations of Jesus' Passion. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCYAx6TequwyKr-jjfWCoLWP3th0WM-C4 With warmest greetings, The Sisters at Canaan in the Desert

24 01, 2022

The Times of Israel

By |2022-01-25T09:16:28-07:00January 24th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jan 6, 2022, 9:33 PM In 1947 in an attic flat in Germany the Sisterhood of Mary was born. Seven girls with their two leaders: Mother Basilea and Mother Martyria. Building a motherhouse and chapel with bricks scavenged from the ruins of Darmstadt, they eventually had a home of their own in the suburbs. For the first 10 years after World War II, Germany was struggling to survive before recovery began with the Marshall Plan. Not until summer 1954 was Mother Basilea challenged during a time of prayer by the question: What about Israel? “Beside every German stands, invisibly, a Jewish brother, one who has already passed into the realm of the dead, or one of the survivors, but each marked with terror and death – and each of them accuses us… ‘Where [...]

24 12, 2021

Gift of Heaven

By |2021-12-18T21:37:53-07:00December 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

What a glorious night it was when heaven came down and Jesus entered this world. On that holy night we were blessed with heaven's choicest gift: a child of divine power, destined to fulfil God's saving purposes. A conquering hero endowed with princely authority. And the day is coming when He will rule the whole world, bringing peace and salvation to all nations. Holy Night! This was the right night when the only-begotten Son of God appeared in human form. The coming of Jesus brings a message of hope. But doesn't the reality look very different? Satan, the adversary of Jesus, is steadily gaining power. As the prince of this world he is extending his evil influence over people and nations, almost unstoppable in his advance. All this is in fulfillment of what the Word of God foretells: "Darkness shall [...]

18 12, 2021

Jesus is the Greatest Gift Ever

By |2021-12-18T21:56:15-07:00December 18th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

At Christmas, almost the first question you hear is, "What did you get?" Gifts are fun, whether quirky and creative, homemade or shop-bought, exotic or useful. Finding the right present for a loved one takes time and care. But seeing the look of delight on their faces is rewarding. Yes, Christmas is fun. But for some it is a stressful season they wish were already over. Music blaring full-blast. A visit to the mall, a non-stop rodeo with whining kids in tow. Youngsters surfing the net for the trendiest devices available. The constant demand for the newest and the best. Anxious parents quietly thinking, "How can we ever afford it?" Never mind the hassle. Never mind the frantic shopping. BBQ and party planning. Family and friends will be coming together. You'll be reminiscing with folk you haven't seen for ages. [...]

1 12, 2021

Merry Christmas!

By |2021-11-28T13:00:29-07:00December 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

My little Lord Jesus cares. My heartache and sorrow He shares. So full of love and sympathy, He suffers with us in our pain and grief. Our pain and grief. At Christmas He comes to us, Sheds radiance on every cross, Refreshing our afflicted souls, As one day above in our heavenly home, Our heavenly home. How do the Sisters celebrate Christmas? Mother Basilea writes in her autobiography: “For most of us in the Sisterhood the secret of Christmas had been a matter of the intellect - a concept, a thought, a fact, a tradition, but not a living event or a source of divine life... It was my prayer and deep longing that the Child Jesus would receive true worship [...]

16 11, 2021

God’s Mercy

By |2021-11-15T19:40:58-07:00November 16th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Friends, After Covid-19 brought so much hardship and suffering last year, this year seems to be getting worse: human lives are still in danger, the economy is suffering from the restrictions – apart from the fires and floods in many parts of the world and the catastrophe in Afghanistan! Shocking news about the unfolding tragedy dominates the media. If we already feel so much pain for the victims of war and plagues, how much more must it hurt God's heart of love? In recent weeks, a new Bible Word has entered our hearts as a community, about which our founder, Mother Basilea Schlink, had spoken to us many years ago: "I will hope in the LORD who has hidden his face from the house of Jacob, and I will wait for him" (Isaiah 8:17). The prophet Isaiah spoke these [...]

15 11, 2021

Why do Christians fall for BDS?

By |2021-11-15T19:27:55-07:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Sisters of Mary in Sydney with the late Lilly Silver, mother of Elaine Black, a close friend of the Sisters (2007). (courtesy) Dear Friends, an important article by our Sister Anastasia appeared in the Times of Israel and we would like to share it with you. Why do Christians fall for BDS? by Anastasia Kennedy If the Church can recant 'Replacement Theology,' then those who seek a world with no Israel can repent this long-held spiritual envy of God's Chosen People (Times of Israel, September 14, 2021) Discrimination. Social and economic isolation. Expulsion. Extermination. Jewish suffering in the common era follows an all-too-familiar pattern. It happened in medieval Europe. It happened under Hitler. With the rise of BDS, could it be that history is repeating itself? BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is a copycat Palestinian-spawned movement adopting methods used [...]

1 10, 2021

Daniel’s Prayer for Our Times

By |2021-10-01T15:29:06-07:00October 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Friends, Our hearts are very much with the people of Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control. It’s truly devastating not only for the Christians, but also for the many women and children who will face severe suffering. The people of Afghanistan are clearly fearful and distraught, with many feeling the whole world has abandoned them in their greatest time of need. Persecution is quickly descending upon their nation. Now is the time for us as intercessors to stand in the breach for our brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as the many who don’t yet know Him. From the Bible we know that in times of national crisis, such as war, judgement will be tempered with mercy if God can find enough believers who walk in humility and obey His [...]

19 05, 2021

Pentecost — A Great Promise!

By |2021-05-20T11:56:01-07:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pentecost — A Great Promise!

Pentecost - outpouring of the Holy Spirit - a miracle that fills us with awe to this very day. The Holy Spirit came to earth like a mighty wind. It was a certain group of people whom the Holy Spirit came to seek - the disciples, a poor, little group of failures, who had not kept faith but deserted their Lord on His path of suffering. It was to them that He came. Even today the Holy Spirit manifests His power in the lives of those who are weak, He demonstrates who He is. He can bring dead hearts to life and fill despairing and fearful people with the power to witness. Yes, the Holy Spirit can transform everything. Come, Holy Spirit! [...]

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