Housekeeping / Commercial Interruption

First, I want to shout out a big thank you to all of you who have used the Amazon search button (or any of my amazon links) to purchase goods – I’m especially grateful for whoever it was bought the Amazon Kindle, as it brought a $35 kickback to the site.

What I have been doing with Amazon monies is putting 30% of the earnings into a charity (varies between the hospice which helped my brother and the Summit Nuns Capital Campaign, because our good sisters’ kitchen cabinets are falling on them as they try to cook!) and putting the rest toward Buster’s college tuition which – while our salaries lie stagnant, has risen another 4%. Usually, that means about $30.00 a month to charity and $60.00 toward tuition. This month – thanks to you and your good reading habits, the sisters will get $60.00 toward their goal, and Buster will get $180 towards his, so you see you really do help out when you shop at Amazon, though this site.

When you buy the awesome Mystic Monk Coffee you also help out others, but you also help yourself. No, really. The Carmelite Monks of Wyoming have realized over $30,000 in sales from this site, which is helping them move quickly to build living and worship space for their quickly burgeoning house – they have more young men asking for entrance than they can fit, which is very good news. Here is a very nicely done new video, explaining their life – showing the monks at prayer, listening to sacred reading at supper, (the reader chanting from the writings of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Doctor of the Church and reformer of the Carmelite Order) at recreation and even roasting the coffee, which – as I keep telling you – is miraculous stuff. In this house we call it “liquid crack.”

And too, like the Summit Dominicans, the Carmelite Monks pray daily for their patrons, customers and benefactors, so even if you feel like no one in the world is praying for you, you can be assured – as you sip your Ethiopian blend or slather on a bit of hand creme, that these unseen prayer-warriors have remembered you in their orisons.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I that certainly consoles me a little!

Please take a moment to visit all of the advertisers in my right-hand sidebars. Internet advertising is drying up, and I am very grateful for these folks for placing their ads, here. I particularly urge you to take a look at the iPhone applications for the Liturgy of the Hours. To be able to take the daily offices with you, and access them as you are riding a subway or bus, or awaiting an appointment, can be a huge salve to your day as you grab a bit of silence in this ultra-noisy, maga-distracting world – like a balm on a never-quite-closing wound. I believe we need this, badly.

Heh. Speaking of “badly,” Chesterton once said “anything that is worth doing is worth doing [even] badly.” The Liturgy of the Hours is done very well by these folks. So well, in fact, that I don’t see the sense in my doing the podcasts any longer – although sometimes I might, if the spirit moves me. What do you think – would you like me to continue the LOTH Podcasts, or would you prefer that I simply read the scriptural readings and psalms from daily mass? Or would you prefer that I shut up, altogether? I really want your opinions.

Which reminds me. The podcasts of the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary seem like they’re being well-used. I will try to record the Glorious Mysteries later today and the Luminous, tomorrow.

Oh, and a final reminder: Eat a Sea Kitten Recipe Round Up; the deadline is approaching. Let’s get some good fish recipes for Lent! :-) Widgets

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  • rducky123

    Anchoress, I love your podcasts. I think that praying with you is a really lovely way to do the liturgy of the hours, but if you’d rather do scriptural readings/psalms/homiliettes instead that would be nice too. Oh, and thank you for the rosary company. It has been such company to pray the rosary along with you too! Thanks for all you do!!

  • Piano Girl

    Every time I go to, I access it through your blog ~ it makes me feel a little less guilty at spending money for yet another CD or book!!! LOL

  • alc

    I do love your podcasts and you are my only access! I’m afraid I don’t
    own an IPhone (and probably won’t for a while)…plus, there’s something
    special knowing you take the time to do these because you care about those
    who read your site!

  • alc

    I too love your podcasts and would much rather hear them from you.
    Each time I listen I remember that I have access simply because you
    care about your readers. Thank you!

  • Regina

    Thanks for all you do here. Especially thanks for introducing me to the Summit nuns’ hand creme – it’s fabulous! Those coasters make lovely hostess gifts, as well.

    When I buy at Amazon I always go through your site – as Piano Girl says, I feel less guilty for spending more money on books and music!

    You and yours are in my prayers. God bless!

  • Jeanette

    Thanks for reminding me, Dear A. I finally just bought the Kindle 2 and the cover and warranty. Hope you get something for each of them. I direct linked from your link in this post and made sure it showed “Anchoress” in the title bar. Let me know if you don’t get credit because I’ll return it and do it over again.

    I’m excited about it. I can even download the Bible. That will be less heavy to carry to church and I should be able to look up any passage a lot faster!

  • Dane


    I am the producer of the Divine Office podcasts and audio for the iPhone and iPod Touch application and I hope you will listen to my plea!

    First, I want to thank you so much for giving us some notoriety on your site. Our SEO guy recommended against advertising on your site verses other ways of spending our ministry money, but I vetoed him because I support you and your breviary readings so much that I would have donated anyway as I have done in the past.

    Now back to my plea :-)

    DON”T EVER STOP your Liturgy of the Hours! I personally listen to every single one.

    When you do Liturgy of the Hours it feel personal, prayerful, and intimate. It feels like the domestic church verses ours which can be a little too grand and energetic somewhat like a Cathedral in comparison. We have nothing on you, but quantity and regularity.

    I assure you, I am a fan boy so please keep up your LOH.

    Dane Falkner
    Producer of Divine Office
    twitter: DivineOffice