It’s Norbertine Nun Wreaths, Gift Ideas Time!

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My project today -- and I am sadly later to it than usual -- is to remind you that once again, the Norbertine Nuns of Tehachapi, California are taking orders for their incredibly fresh and long-lasting Christmas Wreaths (pdf)I can only tell you that I have bought these wreaths for the last couple of years and they outlast any wreath I've ever purchased from a retail outlet, or mail-order house. For the last two years we've left the wreaths up throughout January, until my husband … [Read more...]

Nun News for Autumn 2012

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I was surprised to receive an email, and a couple of tweets, from people wondering why I had not perpetrated my annual "Nun News" post, focusing on vocations. To be honest, I have just been too busy, but I have been amassing a HUGE list -- so large that each time I look at it, I feel too tired to begin. But today is the feast day of St. Terese of Lisieux, so, it seems a good day to get to it (and as ever, thanks to Brian J for the cool logo!):Let's start with the Sisters of Life for no … [Read more...]

“Old-Fashioned” Sisters, “Newfangled” Nuns, Numbers and Habits – UPDATED

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RNS photo by Ryan GladstoneIn light of ongoing headlines concerning Rome's correction to the leadership of the LCWR, their response, and a recent report on the bare numbers of women entering religious life, Dave Gibson has written a really good piece in which he takes a look at a more "traditional" sort of religious order and how they live out their vocations.It was five o’clock on a hot August afternoon, and vespers, the traditional evening prayer of monastic life for centuries, had b … [Read more...]

In honor of St. Dominic and his Sons and Daughters

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I've said before that were I not a Benedictine I would probably be a Dominican. They have so many cool tertiaries (Hello, Pier Giorgio and Catherine of Siena!).So, in honor of the feastday of St. Benedict, let's hear about the meaning of the Dominican habit -- which is essentially unchanged since its beginnings -- from some of his spiritual children who take delight in wearing it:Brother Lew, OP, gives us the garment's history (and the prayers the friars say as they put it on) while … [Read more...]

A New Priest, A New Blog for Patheos

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Longtime Patheos readers are familiar with Father Michael Duffy, although they may remember him best as Seminarian Michael Duffy, who shared with them his thoughts on the clerical collar as both yoke and witness and the seminary as seedbed for lifelong growth.Deacon Greg noted his June 9th ordination for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and today we welcome him as our newest blogger as he launches "Father, Where Art Thou?"; A Newly-Minted Priest Explores His Fatherhood.By beginning … [Read more...]

Something Joyful

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Since we do like our nun news around these parts, I posted this story of a Franciscan sister before retiring last night; a nice positive close to a busy day.And then of course, we awoke this morning to the dreadful news from Colorado; for most of us, it's been on our minds and hearts all day.So, I am offering something nunly again, this evening. Call it a palate cleanser, or just something joyful to focus on for a little bit; thanks to our friends the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred … [Read more...]

Three Nuns, Three Different Ways of Serving

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The lovely and tireless Sr. Mary Catharine of The Dominican Nuns of Summit sent this my way, and I knew I had to share it with you, particularly in light of all the "nun news" and the sometimes caustic remarks people can make about sisters whose communities are not habited. No one appreciates a good old habit better than I, but I know too many good, faithful sisters in streetclothes to get all uppity about it.I can't embed the video that accompanies this article from the Statesman, but … [Read more...]

Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

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Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet Richard Cole relates how his first-ever retreat at a Benedictine Monastery resulted in his coming to Catholicism and his second grounded him within it:From Part I, where our hero is given no assignment except to be:At … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of Saint Benedict – UPDATES

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Happy Feast Day of Saint Benedict!Vision of Saint Benedict (c.1360). Giovanni del Biondo (fl.1356-1392). Tempera on wood. © Art Gallery of Ontario. PMA:J99.1089. Saint Benedict marvels at the smallness of the world, in contrast with the immensity and appeal of heaven.About an hour's ride from Rome, one reaches Subiaco, and there one may visit the cave where Benedict of Norcia, 1400 years ago, spent time in isolated prayer (I touched my rosary to its walls!) and marvel over the … [Read more...]

If God wants it, nothing can stop it

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So, our friends the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have welcomed a new postulant to their cloisters, a former youth minister who needed to settle quite a bit of debt in order to enter.As she chronicled her journey at her blog, it was fascinating to watch how -- as her entrance date approached -- things just fell into place, with large donations seeming to come out of nowhere; suddenly, her impediments were gone.If God wants something to happen, nothing can stop it. And if he doesn't want … [Read more...]


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