In a Pickle

Our poor Sr. Cecilia Maria came down with a mysterious ailment. It started with a funny rash, bumpy and green. Then, we noticed a strange look in her eyes.


The ailing nun

By the time we consulted the doctor, he confirmed our fears. Sister had contracted an acute case of cucumbitis! The cure? “Take a vinegar bath and call me in the morning.”

Recovered from her malady, Sister decided to deal with the root of the problem: a mountain of fresh cucumbers from our generous friends and neighbors! With the help of Sr. Marie Michael and Sr. Maria Faustina, she set to work.

Sr. Marie Michael tackles Mount Cucumis

They washed. They peeled. They sliced. Finally, they loaded everything into the dehydrator.

Sr. Marie Michael and Sr. Maria Faustina fill the dehydrator

Ten hours later, and voila! Dried cucumber slices to be rehydrated as pickles throughout the year!

Sr. Maria Faustina shows off the crispy cucumber chips

And thus did our heroic nuns vanquish the cucumbitis virus and transform the green mountain into a veritable molehill.

The fruits of their labors, ready for year-long enjoyment


On another note:

One of you asked and some of you are probably wondering – “where’s Ruth?!”  Since last fall, many of you saw her in our photos of work, play, and prayer. The initial stages of formation the monastery are still a time of discernment, and we thank you for your prayers that she would hear and follow God’s will.   It seems our Lord has a different plan for her than life in a Passionist monastery. We miss her tremendously but there is peace and joy in knowing she is following the Lord’s call to be a light and a leaven back out in the world.  Keep praying for all men and women who are discerning a priestly and religious vocation!


This entry was posted by Sponsa Christi.

4 thoughts on “In a Pickle

  1. The time that Ruth spent with you will not be wasted. I wish her well. We are heading into summer in Australia and cucumbers feature in salads. I had never heard of dehydrating cucumbers to use in pickles. What a great idea.

  2. It’s great that Ruth came and tried out living at the Monastery. She’s open to God’s will and I trust that the Lord will lead her. It’s wonderful, too, that you all have figured out how to handle all those cucumbers. The chips looks like they might be tasty with a dip :).

  3. Funny story. I never heard of dehydrating cukes before you can them. Great idea. Pleasant memories for me. My grandmother grew the dill and the onion and the garlic and the cucumbers in her garden and canned dozens every year. Bon Appetit!!!

  4. God bless Ruth as she discerns where the Lord is taking her. And God bless you, Sisters. Always love hearing about what you are up to!

    Love in Christ,


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