Norbertine Christmas Wreaths

Ah, we're coming up on that time of the year again, when I start hawking the wares and various gift ideas and products offered by religious and charitable organizations. (Full disclosure: these Norbertine Sisters of Tehachapi, CA don't know me from Adam, and this post generates no monetary kickbacks or material compensation of any kind, to me. )How boring that thanks to this incredibly intrusive government, I'm going to have to keep writing that.Anyhow...you'll note the Dominican Nuns at … [Read more...]

Little Sisters of Poor, seeking alms

Sr. Maria Lourdes, L.S.P. makes her First Profession of VowsSome of you may remember Sr. Maria Lourdes from her appearance on In the Arena a few months back. Making the acquaintance of Sr. Lourdes, Sr. Camille and Sr. Mary Richard was a memorable day; all three women were lit with uncommon joy and were so lovely to talk to. Sr. Lourdes stayed in my awareness (and my prayers) because she was so serenely composed, even when discussing her excitement that "if it pleases God," she would soon be … [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...]

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...]

May 3; World Day of Prayer for Vocations & the Habit

The Benedictine Suscipe; "Accept me Lord, as Thou hast promised, and I shall truly live" A Benedictine of Mary makes her First ProfessionI want to invite all the People of God to reflect on the theme: Faith in the divine initiative - the human response. The exhortation of Jesus to his disciples: "Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38) has a constant resonance in the Church. Pray! The urgent call of the Lord stresses that prayer for vocations … [Read more...]


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