the principle of all perfection …

... "The monk in hiding himself from the world becomes not less than himself, not less of a person, but more of a person, more truly and perfectly himself: for his personality and individuality are perfected in their true order, the spiritual, interior order, of union with God, the principle of all perfection." Thomas Merton … [Read more...]

all you do is nun gaze…

... no gender bias here. Since Bernard of Clairvaux is the patron saint of bee keepers, among other things, and is often represented with a bee hive I thought this photo apropos for today... a Cistercian bee keeper. ... and so begins a series of monk gazing photos. enjoy.Note Bene: as with all photographs within the "gazing" series, my sole intent is to show the humanity, humor and beauty within the Catholic religious communities in hopes of fostering vocations. Please pray for an increase in … [Read more...]

reason #2,342,006 why Catholics are cooler…

... My cousin's husband, the pentecostal free-will baptist minister, and her famly do not drink alcohol, affectionately referred to by them as the devil's nectar. I know! … [Read more...]

exulting in joy …

"Ah! from how great bitterness of soul have you often delivered me, O Good Jesus, coming to me!... How often has prayer taken me on the brink of despair, and restored me to the state of soul of one exulting in joy and confident forgiveness. Those who are afflicted in this way, behold they know that the Lord Jesus is truly a Physician Who healeth the broken of heart and bindeth up their bruises" St. Bernard of Clairvaux , Canticles ch.XXAlonso Cano … [Read more...]

Saint Bernard was filled with zeal…

Collect: Heavenly Father, Saint Bernard was filled with zeal for your house and was a radiant light in your Church. By his prayers may we be filled with this spirit of zeal and walk always as children of light. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Lippi Filippino c. 1486 … [Read more...]

quiet encounters…

... sometimes, in the course of our existence, people come into our lives almost as suddenly as they exit it. The impact is dramatic and life changing no matter how brief the encounter. Eight years ago to this day such a person entered my life. This person left such an impression on my heart and changed me entirely without every uttering a single word. This person was my first son, William. He was born weighing less than a pound and four months premature; his skin had the translucent sheen of an … [Read more...]

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oh for shame…

... stopped at a red light on my way into work I found myself sitting behind one those people, those crazy people with their cars littered with bumper stickers. I suspect people who do that are not satisfied simply to tell everyone they meet their opinions, they also have to drive around town with it plastered to the ass end of their car. Yeah, those types. This one had them all though... Vegan, Peace, Bush blows, Conservatives suck, keep abortion safe and legal, I heart Obama, keep your … [Read more...]

movie buffs…

... pluck something off this list; The 5o Best Catholic Movies of All Time. I see my favorite, Millions, did not make the list. It might not be up to every one's speed as quintessential Catholic cinema; but how can you not love a chain smoking St. Clare Assisi describing heaven as "bloody infinite". Related: 2006 Reivew … [Read more...]


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