2 different Poor Clares, 1 Chaplain, one mighty love

Within the "sameness" of a religious order, there are still wonderful differences.Note the Poor Clares at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery here, traditional, solemn, solidly Western and sounding very beautiful, and then see their sisters in Malawi, here, in joyful, gleeful and profound adoration, their prayer translated by an Irish priest. Sorry you must use the link for the Malawi nuns, as their video cannot be added here, but don't miss them!I also like this video, although it is not … [Read more...]

Hillary’s right; we ARE all in this together…

Hillary Clinton says she doesn't like all of this individualism stuff - the rugged individuality which is the very definition of America does not appeal to her very much. She prefers the socialist collective. Resistance is futile."I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society," she said. "I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none." [...] That means pairing growth with … [Read more...]

Carthusians in Advent

“Stands the cross, still point of the turning world” (Carthusian motto)A while back, I wrote (twice, actually) of the advent of the Carthusians - the sudden appearance, in film and print of not one but two inspiring and popular pieces concerning the Carthusians, the least-reformed, most mysterious of all Catholic monastic orders.Well, Into the Great Silence, was well reviewed in the NY Times and even, surprisingly at Rotten Tomatoes, and won a prize at the 2006 Sundance film festival, but it … [Read more...]

God forbid we should feel a little bad…

Miss Kelly is distressed to find that some hymnals (including - sigh - the one in my church) features a change in the words to Amazing Grace."Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me..." Has been changed to reflect both the freedom that comes with salvation - which is very nice - and also the decree from some publishing house on high that we never, ever sing a lyric that might suggest a negative. "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free..."Never … [Read more...]

“Into the Great Silence” – UPDATED

A few weeks ago, I posted Carthusians Abounding, linking you to Nancy Klein Maguire's excellent new book, An Infinity of Little Hours and the trailer for the documentary Into the Great Silence.I don't think it's any accident that two wholly unconnected people, a writer/researcher and a filmmaker have devoted years of their lives to scoping out and presenting to us (at THIS time in history) such vivid - and yes, tantalizing - pieces about the Carthusians, an order of monastics who live … [Read more...]

Carthusians Abounding

Amy Welborn directs us to this trailer of the great documentary, Into the Great Silence, a look at La Grande Chartreuse, the great motherhouse of the Carthusian order - the most world-renouncing and, some would say, severe of monastic orders within the Roman Catholic Church. The three hour, mostly silent film has taken much of Europe by storm, but there is no word yet on when we might see it here in the US. I can't wait. The trailer is hypnotic.Meanwhile, I've been lucky enough to be sent … [Read more...]

Acedia and the Emperor of Ice Cream

Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. Let the wenches dawdle in such dress As they are used to wear, and let the boys Bring flowers in last month's newspapers. Let be be finale of seem. The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.Take from the dresser of deal, Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet On which she embroidered fantails once And spread it so as to cover her face. If her horny feet protrude, they come To show how … [Read more...]