A Joyful Community of Intercessors Needs a Bit More Space

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In Rumer Godden's classic gem of a novel, In This House of Brede, a large cloistered community of English Benedictine nuns faces a pressing debt; one nun rather serenely says she will pray for the solution. "Like a child asking the bank manager for a bag of money to take home to Daddy?" a sharp-tongued sister asks in rebuke. "Exactly. Exactly like that," says the first nun. Later, when the idea of selling of 7 of the community's 14 acres seems like the only practical answer, the doubtful … [Read more...]

Raffling off Magnificat’s Advent App! TWO WINNERS!

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UPDATE: Magnificat was nice enough to send me a second gift app, so I was able to pull two winning names, and they are: (Ta-da!) Shauna Anderson and MMR. Brian Sullivan was the first pick, but I shouldn't have included him, because he has an android. Offered an Ave for you, Brian! I have emailed you both with your appropriate codes. Enjoy! Congrats, and thanks very much to everyone who donated. The sisters are very grateful, indeed! Some may have noticed me, in social media, … [Read more...]

Cry Woof! Welcoming Will Duquette to Patheos

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Image courtesy of shutterstock.com Will Duquette has been hanging around Patheos for a while, as one of several splendid folks helping Julie Davis review books, books and more books over at the Happy Catholic Bookshelf, and he did some blogging on his own, as well, but it was kind of discreet, in manner and form. Well, we've brought the rest of Will Duquette, not just his book reviews, over here to Patheos, and it's a lot less discreet, all around. I am actually very tardy in introducing … [Read more...]

May is for Mary, Mothers, Rosaries and Gifts!

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The header is true! May is the month for all of that; it's also the month for First Communions and weddings and graduations. And Mother's Day. In May, everywhere you turn you are reminded that something is coming up for which you need a gift. That alone should keep you wanting to seek out prayer. Do you know who can help you out with all of those things? Our dear friends, the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary -- the gals out in Summit, New Jersey! On the prayer … [Read more...]

“You will set the world on fire…” Catherine echoed in Pope Francis

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"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of Siena I've told this to my kids all their lives, even before I knew Catherine had said it: If you do the thing you're born to do, you will excel, you will excite, you will change things. "But how do you know what you're born to do?" they would ask, "If you do lots of things well, how do you know what you are born to do?" Some of us might not be so blessed, of course, maybe some of us can only do one … [Read more...]

Are you Happy?

When my Elder son was very small, and was trying to figure out facial expressions, he would ask me, or my husband, or the lady at the grocery store, "Are you 'appy?" He was missing his h's for a little while. Sometimes my husband and I will still tease each other with that. He'll see me looking pensive and ask "are you 'appy?" It's a sweet question, and it always makes me smile, for the warm memories of my son at such a young age. But sometimes I wonder if, rather than asking people if … [Read more...]

Srs. Mary Veronica and Mary Jacinta!

Icing on the cake for this great feastday of the world-saving "Yes", our dear friends the Dominican nuns of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Monastery in Summit, NJ has received their two postulants as novices and clothed them in the habit of the Order of Preachers. God's blessings be upon Sr. Mary Veronica of the Cross and Sr. Mary Jacinta of the Most Holy Rosary, who we see standing here with their novice mistress, Sr. Mary Catharine of Jesus (whose lovely singing voice can be heard here) From … [Read more...]

When a Monastic Nun Dies…

Our friends the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary announce the passing of Sr. Virginia Mary of Jesus, O.P. in her 42nd year of religious life: We recommend to your prayers the soul of Sister Virginia Mary of Jesus, OP (Virginia Racewicz) who entered Eternal Life in her 77th year of age and the 42nd Year of her Religious Profession May 14, 1934-March 17, 2011 “The Bridegroom is coming!” (her last words) Those are great last words. Sister Virginia Mary was … [Read more...]

Nuns, Monks, Friars Linkfest! – UPDATED

It's unusual to be writing much about monks, nuns and friars in February, but for some reason I have a flurry of news and reports, so here goes! The Norbertine Sisters are a very interesting group of women. You know they make fabulous Christmas Wreaths each year (we had ours by the end of November and only just threw it out because it seemed oddball to have a wreath up at Valentine's Day, but it still looked great, still wasn't dropping needles!) Well, the sisters are finally established as … [Read more...]

The Rule of Augustine Retold

One more for Vocation Awareness Week: Longtime readers know how fond I am of the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Summit, New Jersey, and it's not just because they make fabulous hand cremes, lip balms and so forth (I note they appear to have completely "sold out" of their Christmas stock!). What I really love about these nuns is that they are utterly serious about God, about their spousal relationship to Jesus Christ and their fidelity to the Rule of Augustine, but … [Read more...]


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