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 ofSister 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 buried y … [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...]

Oprah to revisit Sisters of Mary

The Dominican Sisters of Mary will be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, November 23rd.Some may remember that this community--which is a good friend to this blog--made an appearance with Oprah back in February of this year.This will be a brand-new episode that includes interviews with foundresses Mother Assumpta, Sr. Joseph Andrew, Sr. Mary Samuel, Sr. John Dominic and other Sisters, as well as on-site filming of the First and Final Profession Masses and this year’s Entrance D … [Read more...]

"Recognized as a House of Prayer"

Earlier this month, Sr. Mary Catharine of Jesus, OP shared some wonderful insights into the value and meaning of the religious habit and wrote:The experience of one's clothing day remains etched in heart and mind. For Dominican nuns, that means etched in lines that are black and white! White for purity; black for penance. Two years after her clothing, a novice will profess vows, and a black veil will be placed on her head signifying that she has become "recognized as a house of prayer . . . … [Read more...]

The Habit Witnesses to the Self!

A few weeks ago, I shared some thoughts about the value of religious wearing habits.That brought a wonderful response from inspired by Sr. Lisa Doty who shared a moving story on her blog that eventually got adapted into a slightly smaller feature at Patheos, and it seemed like a series was born: The Habit of Witness.This series is not meant to in any way denigrate the wonderful service to the church and to the world that so many sisters do so beautifully and meaningfully while dressed in … [Read more...]

Unemployment Numbers & a Timely Meditation

The unemployment numbers are looking pretty dismal and bleak, aren't they?A while back, I was praying for someone's job intention when it turned into a meditation through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which adapt themselves perfectly and powerfully to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and exposure that those suffering a job loss can experience.The folks at Our Sunday Visitor wondered if I could adapt that post, after some revision, to a pamphlet that could help prayer groups, … [Read more...]

Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

Basilica Santa Sabina – UPDATED

Okay, I'll be writing about Rome, and posting pictures for a while--my husband took over 1,000 pictures, thank you, digital cameras!--and I need to write a thorough and public thank you to Danielle and Simcha and Sally for their terrific work while I've been gone, but I know some of you are waiting, so here are a few pictures. On Saturday, after a great deal of nagging from Sr. Mary Catharine, over at Moniales OP, we finally made our way slightly off the beaten path, to the Aventine hill and … [Read more...]

The Force of Her Focus – UPDATED

Marks '10/Kris Snibble (Photosource)Readers may remember a post from the spring, featuring Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10, and her salutatory address, given in Latin, with not a notecard in sight.In this interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, you can feel the force of her focus; she is like a laser.The cry that the Church is a “dying, loser organization of sinners” echoes down the centuries; it rang out in Christ’s day, it rang out in Luther’s day, and it rings out in ours. The second part always … [Read more...]


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