A Joyful Community of Intercessors Needs a Bit More Space – UPDATED

All photos used with permission.In Rumer Godden's classic gem of a novel, In This House of Brede, a large cloistered community of English Benedictine nuns faces a pressing debt; one nun rather serenely says she will pray for the solution. "Like a child asking the bank manager for a bag of money to take home to Daddy?" a sharp-tongued sister asks in rebuke."Exactly. Exactly like that," says the first nun.Later, when the idea of selling of 7 of the community's 14 acres seems like the … [Read more...]

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Could we see Pope Patrick I in this Year of the Snake? – UPDATE

The Chinese New Year has just passed and we are now in the Year of the Water Snake, according to my Chinese friends who take the zodiac with varying degrees of seriousness, this means we face a year characterized by "toil and transformation"."Your pope offered his resignation, almost as the year began," one friend said to me. "It's going to be a busy year of changes for all of us."I don't subscribe to zodiacs, myself, but one can't help noticing that one Cardinal never included in the … [Read more...]

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