Beatifying Newman, Neri & More

One of the books I'll be trying to read while in Rome is John Henry Newman; Prayers, Verses and Devotions, from Ignatius Press.Just as it seems like St. Philip Neri, my Patron for this year, may have had a hand in making Rome a suddenly reality (when I discovered that our lodgings are very near his Oratory, I could almost hear him laughing), finding this book--in perfect condition--in the "used book" bin at church seemed like a gift, too. Since Pope Benedict will be beatifying Newman on … [Read more...]

The Passing of a "True Monk"

A gorgeous remembrance of Sr. Angelika, OSB, by her Abbess at St. Walburga's:In 1980, with Mother Maria-Thomas as superior, she was chosen to be the prioress. She served this call beautifully for many, many years. And she encouraged us in the same way that she encouraged the young monks. One of the sisters was saying this morning that you would go to her with a problem and she would sit there and listen very intently and she would give you an answer and you would say, “How did you know that?” A … [Read more...]

Get the Lead Out!

Abbey of St. WalburgaMother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, in a conference to the nuns at St. Walburga's Abbey, Colorado, gives a very tough message in the gentlest of voices:What makes things unstable? When things rock they are unstable. When you back and forth constantly you become unstable. When you have to vacillate too much between the world and the Christian life you’re unstable. Where is your allegiance? Where are you truly sealed? Who is the image within you?I think what has happened in t … [Read more...]

A Plethora of Nun Pictures – UPDATED

Suspecting that only Carolina Cannonball is more fixated than I on all things nun-ish, I bring you something pretty extraordinary, via Kansas Catholic, four pages (count 'em, four) pages of pictures detailing the solemn professions of eleven Benedictines of Mary, in the Extraordinary Rite:As they are still forming, and in the process of building their monastery, the Benedictines of Mary are not strictly enclosed yet, but you still might call them "old school" Benedictines. Their day-to-day … [Read more...]

NunStuff Palate Clearer – UPDATED

The abundance of news stories (both covered and not-covered) and Pope Benedict's trip to Malta, have gotten me all distracted. I mean to post something later that picks up where we left off on the Pope's impromptu sermon of last week, but in order to clear the head let us visit with some of our nun-pals and see what they're up to![Cue news ticker] ...beep-beep-beep-beep-beep... (am I dating myself with that reference?)...wait, let me get out my banner, designed by Brian J:Nun News Network … [Read more...]

No Greater Love – UPDATED

A few years ago the documentary film Into Great Silence, which chronicled the lives of the Carthusian Monks of the Grande Chartreuse, mesmerized audiences with its rhythm of prayer and silence. In a world increasingly noise and instrumentation-laden, the silence spoke volumes to audiences.which follows the lives of Carmelite nuns in England, seems to be equally as engaging, if this review is any indication.As No Greater Love begins we are led into the Carmelite Monastery of the Most Holy … [Read more...]

The Myth of Held-back Catholic Women

New Monastery Going Up Through the Efforts of Five WomenPolitics is opportunistic; in the wake of the last three weeks unending coverage of the decades-old scandals in the Catholic church, Lisa Miller of Newsweek has decided that this is the time to push for the feminist interests.The chasm between the church's stated principles and its functional reality yawns wide. In the U.S., 60 percent of Sunday massgoers are women; thus most of the contributions to the collection plate—$6 billion a y … [Read more...]

AP rehashes old news to help Obamacare -UPDATE

Likely Members of the LCWRThe AP headline reads: Catholic nuns urge passage of Obama's health bill:Some 60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns Wednesday sent lawmakers a letter urging them to pass the Senate health care bill. It contains restrictions on abortion funding that the bishops say don't go far enough.The letter says that "despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions." The letter says the … [Read more...]

Morning Beauty by Byzantine Carmelites

Carmel in the Byzantine Rite. Who knew? Fascinating community with a website that is quite lovely.They sound like angels.And they have a Fr. Walter Ciszek connection!Did that make your morning a little prettier? It did mine!And here is something else that is very beautiful. Don't read it in a hurry.Meanwhile, congrats to Obi's SisterSort of related: Looking at Nuns from 'way back and Nun Dolls … [Read more...]

Running Nuns in the News!

Well, St. Catherine of Siena, who was a Dominican Tertiary, did say "run, run, run".The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, currently being built in Tonopah, AZ, have chosen a unique way to raise revenue. As they have more young women aspiring to enter than they can currently house (with one new novice and a postulant hoping to enter, soon, they are full-up), the sisters need to fund the living quarters that will attach to their emerging chapel. So they have … [Read more...]