St. Frances of Rome, Patroness of Rome and Heavy Traffic!

O God, who have given to us in Saint Frances of Rome a singular model of both married and monastic life, grant us perseverance in your service, that in every circumstance of life we may see and follow you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. -- Collect from today's MassToday is the feastday of Saint Frances of Rome, particularly beloved by me because she was a wife and mother who lived monasticism … [Read more...]

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Nun News Mini-Roundup, Summer 2014

I do a full roundup of Nun News every autumn, usually around the Feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and I am beginning to collect for that post now, but these pics are so neat, I thought I'd share them:The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church have a new novice, and she is very cool:The Passionist Nuns of the Diocese of Owensboro added a second postulant to their young noviate this week.The Poor Clares of Bethlehem Monastery has clothed yet another novice and celebrated … [Read more...]

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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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Sisterly Support: When Nuns Move In Together (and Nun News Updates)

Earlier this year, after what sounds like a truly "long and difficult journey" some Redemptoristine nuns, who were losing the temporary housing they needed while seeking a permanent place to live, work and pray, found a solution out of Carmel:The Carmelite nuns of Beacon were prudently examining their future and their ability to remain on their lovely property. Knowing of the Redemptoristine’s dilemna...The Carmelites voted unanimously to issue an invitation and within two weeks the councils … [Read more...]

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Missing Beautiful Stained Glass? Find it Here!

I was going to add this as an update to this post, but it's really so neat it deserves it's own mention.Our Lady of Solitude Monastery is a foundation created from within the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels monastery. While other foundations from that community are still working on their hopes to start building (and finding creative ways to fund their hopes), this community, located in Arizona (Max's stomping ground) have finally installed the last of the … [Read more...]

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Could “Mystery Priest” be a long-dead Benedictine Monk? UPDATE: No Mystery Here!

Joel Schmidt thinks perhaps yes:By now, you’ve most likely heard the story of the “Mystery Priest” from the car accident scene in Eastern Missouri. If not, here’s the original story from USA Today.Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture has suggested how the priest might be identified:1) Start showing the witnesses photos of priests with a reputation for holiness. 2) Include photos of priests who are no longer alive. 3) Prepare for a shock.Interestingly, we were at Conception Abbey in … [Read more...]

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Benedictine Voices: Angels and Saints Debuts at #1

So, Katrina is in one of her hissing moods, tonight, and I have decided that what she needs is to listen to the incredibly sweet tone of the Benedictines of Mary, whose latest album, Angels and Saints at Ephesus has debuted at #1 on the Classical music charts.Why am I doing this? Because that's just the kind of gal I am, and also because "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast", and for soothing the savage there is almost nothing better than this stuff. I don't know if it's because … [Read more...]

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Acts 4:32: Christian Commonality Ends Where Compulsion Begins UPDATED

I love today's reading from Acts, which gives us a beautiful snapshot of the early church:The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the … [Read more...]

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Prayer and Penance: Did Twitter Hasten Benedict’s Retirement?

In hindsight, we're seeing clues, now, and reading words he uttered indicating that Pope Benedict XVI has clearly been thinking of renouncing the papal throne for some time.Forgive me if this sounds absurd on the face of it, but I am wondering if, despite these pieces of evidence, Benedict's recent entry into Twitter has had anything to do with the seeming abruptness of his announcement.Before you scoff, consider: the pope's interest in, and support of, the church's engagement with new … [Read more...]

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Benedictines of Mary: EWTN Gives a Glimpse of Ephesus

The Benedictine in me is a little giddy in anticipation of this Advent gift!Photo used with permission.EWTN – the Eternal Word Television Network – has announced multiple broadcasts of a 30-minute special on the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, and the making of Advent at Ephesus, which is available now worldwide from De Montfort Music and Decca Records.The special debuts at 11 a.m. ET on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. Other broadcasts are set for 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET … [Read more...]

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