"What does the heart long for?"

These Benedictine Nuns of the Abbaye Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation in Barroux, are so lovely to look at and listen to that I had to share the video with you.

The community of Benedictine nuns of Our Lady of the Annunciation is born 1979. Four young girls were gathered around Mother Elizabeth and, following Dom Gérard, wanted to also “experience the Churches tradition.” After moving to different locations, they can turn to find common ground near the town of Le Barroux in 1983.
Today, the Community consists of more than 40 nuns.

Also, check out these Benedictine Monks at Norcia, birthplace of St. Benedict and his twin sister, St. Scholastica. The 10th century monastery has been re-established:

Whether they are heavily traditionalist, or more modern in appearance and practice, monastics hold the whole world in prayer. How could our heroic missionary brothers and sisters do without such prayerful support?

The old argument, of course, is whether Christians are called to be Martha, busy with the work of serving the world, or Mary, choosing to sit at the feet of the Lord. Both are necessary; both have value. Both serve the world, and serve Christ.

And we who are neither the Missionary Marthas or the Meditative Marys? I guess we’re meant to support them, both materially and in prayer, too.

In a world that goes out of its way to balkanize and pigeonhole and categorize groups of people, serving the Marthas and Marys who serve us sort of reminds us that we are One body, of many parts.

Related:
Benedict on Monasticism
Monasticism and Socialism

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://N/A Victoria Jarvis

    I love you Lizzie. I have been perusing your site for the last month or so. I’m ready to ah, er, convert!

    Blessings,

    Victoria

  • Greta

    This is the type of post I was talking about in the post above on the Deacon Bench. It is one of the reasons that the Anchoress is at the top of my bookmarked sites.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny L.

    What marvelous videos. The Haiti one was heart swerving. Breaks one’s heart.

    I will say I giggled with the nuns in the machine shop. That was cute. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.monksonline.org Steve P in Sparta, Wis.

    If people haven’t read Matt Labash’s long article about Fr Rick Frechette’s post-earthquake work in Haiti, they should — link here

    It’s profoundly moving, and I hope it inspires people to get out their checkbooks.

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