I know, I know, I keep saying I’m going to create my annual “Christmas Gift Ideas” post but Sandy has slowed me down a little. I promise to have that for you this weekend (and I have some great stuff to recommend!) but a heads up here, for those of you planning to buy from Monastics — most of them take their orders now and then ship near Christmas so they can pray their way through Advent without a lot of noise, so its best to order these things in nearly November:
The chocolate-covered caramels you see above are made by the Trappistine Nuns of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey are seriously the stuff. There’s nothing better, and the years when my husband shares these sinfully good boxes with his co-workers, he is greeted with hosannas!
Also, you may notice that the sisters have an ad on our Dedicated Year of Faith page, looking for donations to their Capital Campaign (see pdf). They’re growing so quickly we had to cross out part of the graphic and add a new number! And they’re sleeping in leaky, moldy trailers!
Imagine the vocations they’ll get when they’re warm and dry!
The ad takes you to their webpage — which has a paypal donate button — and links you to their very beautiful newsletter, which is here (pdf) and discusses all kinds of neat things, including the building and fundraising efforts, beginning on page 6. But I’m sure anyone can send a check directly to
The Norbertine Canonry of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph, 17831 Water Canyon Road, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7686 USA
The Dominican Nuns of Summit, who got a little battered by Sandy can use your business, too, in their ever-growing cloister shoppe. I have a feeling it’s going to be a winter requiring lots of their great hand creme.
So, don’t forget — we need monastics for our own good, and monastic goods need early ordering!
UPDATE! How could I forget!: Speaking of Advent, the Benedictines of Mary, of Gower, Missouri have produced a truly gorgeous CD of music for Advent, called Advent at Ephesus, and if you want to enjoy it during Advent, you really have to order it now. Deacon Greg recommends it, and I do too; it’s remarkable and restful. You can hear some of it below and pre-order it here.