Why I love these nuns…

Preparing to update a 50 year old kitchenYou want to know why I just love the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey?Aside from the fact that they are prayer warriors who spend all their time in worship and praise, bringing our petitions to the Almighty, and that they make these soaps and lotions I adore, (and the best lip balm ever) they also have a sense of humor.Elder Son's Sweet Girlfriend is going to be heading out to grad school, soon, and I wanted to include a small bottle of the … [Read more...]

"I Love My Life"

I don't know why it is but my nightstand drawers routinely get filled and then overfilled with the weirdest, most random stuff, until finally I cannot close them anymore. This morning became "clean up" day, and aside from finding scores of broken pencils and no sharpeners, a paper I'd written for an Anthropology class 15 years ago, a worrisome number old invoices, some snarled up threads and a small tube of toothpaste, I also found a little card Buster had made for me when he was about 5 or 6 … [Read more...]

A Hermitess is Consecrated

This is a cool story:For more than four years, Kathryn Bloomquist has prepared to formalize a life of solitude and prayer. Late last month, she made the final step and was consecrated as a hermitess before Bishop Paul Coakley and a few witnesses.Now, as Sister Kathryn Ann of the Holy Angels, she will spend her days mostly in solitude, "lived to the praise of God and the salvation of the world," she explains.It is a path she has walked for much of her life. She moved to Kansas from … [Read more...]

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Icon of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Available HereToday is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, one of my favorite feasts, because Carmelites are beautiful, beautiful people, and because someone I love very much celebrates a birthday on this feastday!From time to time, on this site, we check in with our Carmelite friends. Of course, first and foremost, we know that the Carmelite Monks are the brilliant, bald chappies who provide us with the world's greatest coffee! They are the only … [Read more...]

"I come from a long line of depressed Germans…"

I was going to hang on to this piece and save it for an upcoming post on Vocations, but I was so charmed by the sisters being interviewed, here, that I am going to do a "little" Vocations piece, today. This is H/T Deacon Greg:"The [Monastic Dominican Nuns] didn't want to come to Hollywood," Sister Mary Pia says with a smile. "That was the funny thing. They didn't want any kind of worldly association."But as it turned out, Hollywood - even back in the '30s, before most of the studios and … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer, June 10

This morning's Podcast of Morning Prayer is a little different than usual; I added the first "Invitator" psalm, which I usually omit. The Invitatory is usually Psalm 95, the "invitation" to come praise the Lord.I recorded this in the wee small hours of the morning, with the window to my office open, so you may hear some birdsong in the background. Morning prayer as it is meant to be prayed, joining in with the re-awakening Creation! I love the song and chatter of our birds.Podcast.Also, … [Read more...]

What is your favorite psalm?

I actually meant to talk about psalms yesterday, but somehow that post, almost from the first word, was taken out of my hands and morphed into this piece on Oblates and Tertiaries, and I've gotten to the point where I just don't fight that sort of stuff anymore.Those who check in from time to time to pray Morning Prayer or Vespers with me in the podcasts know that I consider psalmody a spiritual wellspring for our eternal thirst, and a most perfect reflection of the human condition in all of … [Read more...]

I like this vid & link-around

Like this video which I found at Deacon Greg's Place, which I hope you peek in on every day!Do you remember when you were a kid, and you'd want to bring a book with you to supper, and your mother would yell at you to get the book off the table and then give you an Irish love-tap with the back of her left hand so that your head would snap back and hit the wall, and the wedding band would leave a mark on your forehead?No? Oh. That's how I remember it! Anyway...I knew there was a reason I … [Read more...]

Oblates, Tertiaries, Professed Laypeople

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I was corresponding with a Dominican nun the other day and I joked with her that, although I am a Benedictine Oblate, I am lately finding myself very drawn to Dominican spirituality, likely due to my friendship with her and also because of those those two charismatic and intrepid Dominican nags I have mentioned with some frequency, lately, St. Catherine of Siena and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, both of whom were laypeople, not vowed religious."If you become a Dominican Tertiary, your chances … [Read more...]

I told you it was liquid crack! UPDATE!

Got this email today from reader Sally:It was entitled: Mystic Monk Coffeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!I am at this moment polishing off my first 12 cup pot of Mystic Monk Coffee. Momentarily I will start a second pot brewing -- will try Cowboy Blend next. Would you like me to run to NY and clean out all your closets? I can be there by Noon, I swear.Ordered 10 gift sets (nine for family at the Catholic wedding we're attending next week) plus one for myself. All based of course, on your … [Read more...]