Benedictine Voices: Angels and Saints Debuts at #1

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So, Katrina is in one of her hissing moods, tonight, and I have decided that what she needs is to listen to the incredibly sweet tone of the Benedictines of Mary, whose latest album, Angels and Saints at Ephesus has debuted at #1 on the Classical music charts.Why am I doing this? Because that's just the kind of gal I am, and also because "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast", and for soothing the savage there is almost nothing better than this stuff. I don't know if it's because … [Read more...]

God in the Balance; Loving Dark and Light

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Regardless of our religion -- whether we are Catholics or Evangelicals or Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist -- the spiritual life challenges us to find balance. One of the reasons I was attracted to the Rule of Saint Benedict was because in ora et labora there is a prescription for balance. In the recitation of the Divine Office, we not only sanctify our time but we also set a pace for the whole day of prayer; work; prayer; work until -- if we are good Benedictines (and I am not one) it all flows … [Read more...]

St. Frances of Rome, A Heavy-Hitter at an Important Time

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O God, who have given to us in Saint Frances of Rome a singular model of both married and monastic life, grant us perseverance in your service, that in every circumstance of life we may see and follow you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. -- Collect from today's MassToday is the feastday of Saint Frances of Rome, particularly beloved by me because she was a wife and mother who lived monasticism … [Read more...]

Benedictines of Mary: EWTN Gives a Glimpse of Ephesus

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The Benedictine in me is a little giddy in anticipation of this Advent gift!EWTN – the Eternal Word Television Network – has announced multiple broadcasts of a 30-minute special on the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, and the making of Advent at Ephesus, which is available now worldwide from De Montfort Music and Decca Records.The special debuts at 11 a.m. ET on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. Other broadcasts are set for 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET on Dec. 5, 6 p.m. ET on Dec. … [Read more...]

Credo: Brutal Honesty and UnBrutish Reason

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Yes, I am still trying to find time to write about the election (my first reactions are here) but until I do here is one thought and links to two must-reads:Thought: I need to go to confession this Saturday, because just looking at Harry Reid was bad for my soul this morning. I wonder if going to confession and unloading all of our negative feelings into the sacrament isn't a very good idea for many of us? Just wanted to put that out there. But if you do it, bless the poor priest who has to … [Read more...]

Nun News for Autumn 2012

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I was surprised to receive an email, and a couple of tweets, from people wondering why I had not perpetrated my annual "Nun News" post, focusing on vocations. To be honest, I have just been too busy, but I have been amassing a HUGE list -- so large that each time I look at it, I feel too tired to begin. But today is the feast day of St. Terese of Lisieux, so, it seems a good day to get to it (and as ever, thanks to Brian J for the cool logo!):Let's start with the Sisters of Life for no … [Read more...]

Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

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Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet Richard Cole relates how his first-ever retreat at a Benedictine Monastery resulted in his coming to Catholicism and his second grounded him within it:From Part I, where our hero is given no assignment except to be:At … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of Saint Benedict – UPDATES

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Happy Feast Day of Saint Benedict!Vision of Saint Benedict (c.1360). Giovanni del Biondo (fl.1356-1392). Tempera on wood. © Art Gallery of Ontario. PMA:J99.1089. Saint Benedict marvels at the smallness of the world, in contrast with the immensity and appeal of heaven.About an hour's ride from Rome, one reaches Subiaco, and there one may visit the cave where Benedict of Norcia, 1400 years ago, spent time in isolated prayer (I touched my rosary to its walls!) and marvel over the … [Read more...]

Gorgeous Chant

I once read a comment by Lady Abbess Benedict Duss, OSB to the effect that the chant in Latin was the most effective and most complete and transcendent prayer of praise outside of the mass. I don't doubt it. … [Read more...]

On the Craftsmen

Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 57 for April 10If there are craftsmen in the monastery, let them practice their crafts with all humility, provided the Abbot has given permission. But if any one of them becomes conceited over his skill in his craft, because he seems to be conferring a benefit on the monastery, let him be taken from his craft and no longer exercise it unless, after he has humbled himself, the Abbot again gives him permission. If any of the work of the craftsmen is to be … [Read more...]


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