The Passing of a "True Monk"

A gorgeous remembrance of Sr. Angelika, OSB, by her Abbess at St. Walburga’s:

In 1980, with Mother Maria-Thomas as superior, she was chosen to be the prioress. She served this call beautifully for many, many years. And she encouraged us in the same way that she encouraged the young monks. One of the sisters was saying this morning that you would go to her with a problem and she would sit there and listen very intently and she would give you an answer and you would say, “How did you know that?” All she would say was, “I had experience.” She learned by her experience. And she learned to love. One of the things that Mother Maria-Thomas was saying was that when Mother Maria-Thomas was in Germany and she was asked to come over to the United States, she was a little nervous and one of the sisters in Germany told her, “Sr. Angelika is there. She’s a very faithful and trustworthy sister. You’ll be able to lean on her.” What a mark of respect and love.

One of the things that came out in her own life is that she loved St. Gertrude of Helfta and through her writings, she said that’s when she came to learn how to live the daily life in and out in a holy way. She said she was praying one day and said, “God what is my word in life? What would you like me to pray?” And she said there came to her, immediately within her, the word, “Yes. Yes is your prayer word.” That’s how she lived. Everything that came, she said “yes” to God’s will. That is the mark of a monk, a true monk who seeks God in everything.

Having entered the cloister at age 16, Sr. Angelika was 75 years in religion. You can see her lovely picture at the link.

May the angels lead her into paradise.

I do love my Benedictines!

Speaking of which, the Benedictine Nuns of the UK’s Holy Trinity Monastery (“A monastery of Roman Catholic Benedictine nuns in the Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire”) is a community founded by three nuns formerly of Stanbrook Abbey and they’ve adapted to the digital age in a big way. You can easily find yourself spending a lot of time at their site.

Sr. Catherine (known as “DigitalNun” on Twitter) has the grooviest graphic:

Now they’re issuing a daily-digi Catholic newspaper of sorts, The Sr. Catherine Daily, which I at first found amusing and adorable, and now find a great resource, in addition to Kevin Knights indispensable New Advent.

The nun’s blog is here

While I’m linking to things Catholic, this is coolio, via the Deac:

More Catholic stuff:

Pope Benedict on Kneeling to Receive Communion:

The Holy Father’s reasoning is simple: “We Christians kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because, therein, we know and believe to be the presence of the One True God.” (May 22, 2008)

According to the pope the entire Church should kneel in adoration before God in the Eucharist. “Kneeling in adoration before the Eucharist is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today” (May 22, 2008)

Not too long ago I received while kneeling for the first time in decades and I must say, it was sort of wonderful.

As Flannery O’ Connor said, If it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it

Do you remember us talking about this book of essays? Now it can also be ordered Via Amazon

Speaking of colleges – if you have or know any kids attending Catholic colleges, please pass this survey on to them!. They could win an iPad!

Two First Things Must Reads: Joe Carter on the “gay gene eugenics” question and R. R. Reno on the pleasures of self-hatred:

The West has much to regret, as do all societies, all cultures. The critical moment remains necessary, otherwise we make an idol of our worldly loves. Yet, as Pascal Bruckner recognizes, today we gorge on critique. We need to recover the affirmative moment of solidarity, rededicating ourselves to what we have inherited rather than imagining ourselves at a denouncing distance. For gratitude and loyalty bind the heart, motivating us to restore, renovate, and reform.

Along with my piece from Tuesday self-hate seems to be a theme for the week! I had hoped to go there as a stringer but that fell through.

Why I Am Catholic celebrates one year online!

Barbara Nicolosi: not liking Eat, Pray, Love

Danielle Bean: Homeschooled kids doing Summer Shakespeare

The Papal UK Itinerary

Part II of the Exorcist Interview

Msgr. Charles Pope on on the GZM

Anyone teaching CCD this year? Be an Amazing Catechist!

A cool gaming blog

Don’t forget
the Word of the Day!

Let’s leave it here:

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Chris-2-4

    † It works in comments too…

  • F

    Fr. Jack on Busted Halo has that little “ding” you liked from the old gameshows too. ;D

    He is AWESOME! The folks on the street, mostly young adults, seemed to really like him and not get testy with him. He has a great way about him.

    I think NYC is doing a great job using personalities and electronic media to get folks curiosity piqued. Bravo diocese of NY (or is it archd.?)

    Fun post. Thanks.

  • F

    P.S. – I think I have bragging rights here. I share Anchoress links with many friends and here is a HUGE compliment to our (very deserving) Anchoress!:

    “I see why you read her blog with …regularity. I’ve been checking it every so often since we last spoke, and today’s article made it all clear to me. (The Ground Zero of Our Madness)
    This article was nothing less than excellent: insightful, prophetic, erudite and right on the money! She has me hooked with this article. I love this woman!!
    Thanks for the introduction…”


    Yes, Anchoress. What she said is all true. Go ahead. Take a deep breath. Enjoy it. You’ve earned it.

    Now, go read Ecclesiastes 1:1.


  • Phaedrus

    Re kneeling for communion

    I cant believe the virulent rhetoric in that link.

    Altar girls help destroy the church?

    I think I’ll exercise my right not to read Anchoress any longer.

    [Really? I am responsible for prose or comments in articles that I link to, now? Good to know. I like altar girls, myself. Always wished I could be one. Wasn't aware that I was responsible not just to provide interesting links but to also vet them so that they suit all sensibilities. I merely liked what the pope had to say. What a narrow world we consign ourselves to, sometimes. God bless! :-) -admin]

  • sam

    I can’t get it to work on a Mac…anyone know how to do that?

  • Frank Weathers

    On a Mac, Command T

  • Maureen

    Thank you for the link to the review of Eat, Pray Love – I hated the book (and I rarely use such strong words for inanimate objects). A ‘friend’ gave it to me after my mother died because she felt that I needed words that would lift me up to renew my spirit. I thought I was just going through what every adult child does when they lose their remaining parent – sadness but part of life.

    After trying to get into the book for a week, I threw it away – it was the most vain bit of nonsense I have ever read. When I told my friend this she was just appalled and told me my soul was starved for renewal and that in the years to come I would regret not addressing my issues. Today I am fine – she on the other hand is still searching for her spirit and has probably spent thousands of dollars on books, tapes, healing/alternative ‘medicines’ retreats, spiritual vacations, etc. etc. to the point that she is seriously going through any retirement money she may have saved up. I was not planning on going to the movie although I did spend a lovely two weeks in Italy and yes, they do have good food!

  • Jim Hicks

    Regarding kneeling for communion. Always been a believer that kneeling is the appropriate posture.

    My wife and I watch Mass on EWTN most days. Started out only one person knelt consistantly. He is Chuck, a carpenter/handyman at EWTN. Easy to recognize in his torn jeans and hair down to his waist! But as time went on, he was joned by others. Standing up there, tall and proud in front of the King of Kings just seems wrong to me. In the Eastern tradition, you must never sit or kneel – you always stand in the presence of God during the service and communion. If you are in audience of the Head of the Church of England (QEII), you always stand. So I understand the different points of view. But kneeling to me better shows reverence for what we are receiving.

  • Bender

    Well, of course, kneeling up there, upright and proud in front of the King of Kings is just as bad as proudly standing. Both can be reverent, just as both can be proudful. We should not be so quick to say that what others do is wrong. It is enough that we be concerned with ourselves than to worry about others.

    We have a few at the Mass that I regularly attend who receive while sitting. And they do so reverently. Sure, if they were not so infirm or elderly or a quadriplegic stuck in a wheelchair, they might gladly stand or kneel, but they can’t. And in sitting, they are not any less humble and loving toward the Lord.

    As for the article, it did suddenly appear to go down the road of being schismatic with this statement — “To date this prohibition has never been overturned legally. Today Communion in the hand is carried on illegally . . .”

  • Paul Snatchko

    † <- check that out! It worked.

  • Doc

    How about receiving the Body of Christ while reverently slouching, Bender? Jim Caviezel gave a tremendous talk at Atlanta’s Eucharistic Congress a few years ago, where he persuasively stated why, after filming The Passion, he will only receive the Body of Christ while kneeling. I wish you could’ve seen it. On the other hand, you may have heckled him.

  • Protestant reader

    What should a Protestant read on the assumption of Mary?

  • Protestant reader

    Don’t worry; I asked this question on Francis Beckwith’s blog and he doesn’t know either.