As a child rests in his mother's arms…

Two terrific "must read" stories, one at the start of a life, and the other at life's culmination, bring to mind verse 2 of Psalm 131:Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace. A weaned child on its mother's breast, even so is my soul.First up, consider the mother who saved her daughter's life by cuddling her in anticipated death:When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her.Doctors had … [Read more...]

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Passion, Passion, Passion – UPDATED

Our friends, the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery in Kentucky, (whose joy-filled tribulations we followed through last winter's media-ignored ice storm) having recently clothed their postulant as a novice were rejoicing last week as they announced the upcoming reception of yet another young aspirant to their cloister.It was lovely to read of their new aspirant, but then reader Robert H passed along this very moving post from that convent-minded young lady, as she closed her blog to … [Read more...]

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Equality of Opportunity or of Outcome?

Let's look some more at this piece by Jillian Bandes, on Obama's new "Chief Diversity Officer," Mark Lloyd.I was a bit snarky yesterday when I wrote of this newly-created office:Does it seem to you that the Obama administration makes up titles and offices the way Bluto made up new names for Animal House Pledges?“You’ll be…the Chief Diversity Officer!”“Why?”“Why the hell not?”It certainly does seem that the Obama administration is interested in creating a million little bureaucracies … [Read more...]

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On Retreat; You can retreat too!

I will be on monastic retreat and out of e-range until August 16, but please check back, as I have scheduled two reposts, each day, of some "oldies but goodies" you may not have seen.Comments will be turned off until I return, and if you email me, well...I'll try to get back to you in as timely a manner as I can!Meanwhile, if you could please pray for me as I take a scary drive (I hate driving when I don't know where I'm going), I'd appreciate it!If you are interested in taking a little … [Read more...]

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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...]

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"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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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"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...]

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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...]

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