"You will always have this…"

A Puffy-Eye'd Crybaby with Monkey FaceInside Catholic is reposting something I'd forgotten that I'd written, and upon re-reading, I think it's worth recommending to you:I knelt at my seat, thanking and welcoming Jesus, as I'd been taught, and suddenly I was in the grip of something I had never felt before -- an indescribable sweetness, an overwhelming sense of . . . what, exactly? I could not have then articulated the ringing sense, deep within myself, of "holy, holy, holy" like the peal of … [Read more...]

Young Women of Good Intention

I'm going to ask a favor of my readers who pray, to keep the intentions of a few young women in their prayers, particularly for the next week.First up, Elder Son's Sweet Girlfriend. This kid has been going to grad school full time (and earning all-A's) while working full time, and managing to pull it all off as she commutes between two states. Last semester was an absolute killer, but she never gave up. Now, it looks like she may have an opportunity to snag a much-desired assistant's job on … [Read more...]

Saints, Sleds and Snowballs

Moniales, the blogsite for the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey (affectionately known around here as the Sisters of Our Lady of the Incredible Soaps and Hand Creme) is a favorite stop of mine. There are many great blogs run by Catholic priests and by religious, both male and female, but the blogmistress at Moniales manages to give a comprehensive sense of what monastic life is like in the 21st century -the juxtaposition of the modern with the ancient, and how they manage to fit- and to also … [Read more...]

Snowed In Lookarounds

A lazy morning with snow everywhere. This is not my picture; I don't remember where I found it, but I love it.Might as well lookaround and see what's new!I'm still staying off politics until after Christmas, but obviously Nelson caving on the health care bill no one is allowed to see is a big story. Obama promised to "remake" America. Apparently he's remaking it into something other than a representative democracy.Hey, the Democrats completely own this baby, now, and this will be too. … [Read more...]

Sr. Mary Magdalene!

On this wonderful solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, our friends the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have clothed a new novice in the habit, and in religion her name will be:Sr. Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate ConceptionThe pictures are lovely (the new sister is glowing and the whole community seems joyfilled), and the comments section is informative.In her first monastic Advent and Christmas season, the former Sr. Carri takes the names of the two women who remained with Christ in his … [Read more...]

Good Morning Turn Up the Speakers

I don't know what this organ piece is, but it's joyful, exuberant and energy-pumping.Rise and shine, and get jiggy with the habits in Rome! … [Read more...]

Nun Cheese & other Happy Monastics with great products

I have written frequently about the great consumables and products offered by various monastic communities. This year, happily, there seem to be a number of news outlets taking the time to visit with communities to get the low-down on their wares, and in the process, we learn about more great monastery items, and (happily for us) just in time for Christmas shopping!Here, for instance we find some discussion of the monastic life of prayer, combined with the news that the Trappistine Nuns at … [Read more...]

More Miserable Nuns…

Couple weeks ago we saw some very happy nuns who were belying Bitter Maureen Dowd's assertions.Seems there are other nuns who are happy - nay, joyful; in fact, they seem to be coming out of the woodwork. Check out these Franciscan nuns in Spain:A 43 year-old prioresses has revolutionized an old Poor Clares convent in Spain, turning it onto a magnet for dozens of young professional women. . . .Sr. Veronica joined the convent which had not seen a new vocation in nearly 23 years. . . . The … [Read more...]

Dowd: Which are miserable nuns? – UPDATED

Dominican Nuns having funSo many people have written so well about Maureen Dowd's recent display of sublime ignorance on the subject of nuns and the oppressive, patriarchal church that has oppressed them and kept them down encouraged them to do and be and lead, teach, advise and build for lo these 2000 years that I really did not feel a need to comment.After all, Archbishop Timothy Dolan said it so well, in a letter to the NY Times, which they naturally declined to print, as he called Dowd … [Read more...]

"Why does 'green' have to look so Commie?"

Got that question in an email today along with this link to a story and video showcasing the move by the Benedictine Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey (a venerable, beautiful and historical monastery) to their new digs:The community is used to upheaval, having moved five times in its 385-year history, including an 18-month stretch behind bars during the French revolution. The latest move was prompted by a need to down-size.An overall decline in Catholic vocations has left the community with 22 … [Read more...]


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