Guns, Bailouts, Gitmo and Soap

Retreat was excellent, but I need to process it a little before I write about it. Meanwhile, a quick look around tells me I didn't miss much, newswise. Guns: Instapundit links to two pieces on increased gun sales - or the perception of it. I don't know if I buy the cause and effect. I've been contemplating buying a gun for at least two years, and it has nothing to do with politics or social issues, or the election. It's because after reading female-authored articles on training with … [Read more...]

Oct 22 Morning Prayer

Let your daughter have first of all the book of Psalms for holiness of heart, and be instructed in the Proverbs of Solomon for her godly life. ~ St. Jerome The Podcast for today's Morning Prayer may be found here. As ever, I'm using the breviary and guide featured below … [Read more...]

Mornings are for Prayer & Study

That's actually a Dominican in the picture, but "ora et labora" is the motto of the Benedictine: Pray and Work. And study. Books are the Benedictine lifeblood. I promised myself a while back that I would take mornings to study, specifically to read books on anything but what is going on around us, although very often what I'm reading has its resonances in the day, as well, and no, I don't strictly mean scripture, but there's that, too. It is good to be quiet. In fact, it is necessary. I … [Read more...]

The DC Nuke & the Saving Monks

Random Thoughts is writing about what is happening to her finances. No one has defended President Bush more than I have during his time in office. No one. But his signing the "bailout bill" that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of them were giddy over this afternoon - it has stunned me. I know he had to do it. I know there were no choices, here. But I am still stunned. When I heard Joe Biden talk about giving courts the power to reset mortgage principles I thought he'd simply … [Read more...]

Vespers for Sept 30

Wow, this was kind of a fun Office, tonight, on this feast of the curmudgeonly St. Jerome - the psalms really spoke to the day, even down to the prayer for our legislators in the final intercessions. The podcast is here, and it contains all the page directives for the Breviary. As usual I'm using the breviary shown below; I love the translations, and this is the most commonly used of the breviaries for the Liturgy of the Hours. Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, another Doctor … [Read more...]

Financial Crisis: Spiritual & Secular Perspectives -UPDATED

According to this Reuters report, church attendance is up in the financial districts. I'm not surprised, are you? Something I was thinking about yesterday, at Adoration, is how God is never outdone in generosity, whether material or social or spiritual. Because of the economic unease we're all facing, I was frankly thinking of the material - hanging on to jobs, my son finding a job, how we'll pay for home heating oil this winter, affording college for Buster - and I remembered that my husband … [Read more...]

Compline; Wednesday Night Prayer

It has been such a stressful, ugly day today, I took a few minutes to record the podcast earlier. By the way - a very nice way to pray along with any of these podcasts, is with the recording going on in the background and this page opened. I'm feeling a bit punk, so it's unlikely I'll be doing morning prayer. … [Read more...]

Sept 17 – Morning Prayer

Wherein we pray Morning Prayer in a podcast, suitable for downloading and with a few answers to your questions before we begin. Feel free to join in. If you'd prefer not to hear me - and I don't blame you - I always liked this, too, first posted in January of this year: From Love to be Catholic The bells ring, the cock crows and golden sunlight beams in once more...the birds begin their morning song - all creation comes quite naturally, organically, to morning prayer, to lauds, a prayer of … [Read more...]

Compline; Prayer Before Sleep

I've decided I'm going to record Compline, the Prayer before Sleep, for every day of the week. We're living through angry, crazed, hate-filled, anxiety-ridden times. Monastics pray Compline either in community or alone, depending upon the house, but it is always prayed, and since it is meant to be prayed in the night, the Office is kept short, so as to be easily memorized (saved on candles). For monastics, once Compline is prayed, the house is in Grand Silence until morning. Our secular … [Read more...]

The future's so bright, they gotta upgrade!

Public Chapel, Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary We've been keeping track of many religious orders that are lately bursting with new postulants and novices. One of our favorite communities, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ, have been investing new novices with some heartening regularity. Their blog, Moniales, is an inspiring, enlightening and often fun window into their monastic life, making it more understandable and less strange to people, while also helping young women discern if such a … [Read more...]