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In This House of Brede–The Liturgical Seasons

In This House of Brede–The Liturgical Seasons

I have a new gem to share with you from In This House of Brede. It’s about the liturgical seasons and how it entertains us. Following is a conversation between a new postulant and a nun, Dame Clare: “…very dear, though still exacting.” These words describe my feelings as we are at the beginning of Great Lent. I love the liturgical […]

Gems and Musings from the House of Brede

Gems and Musings from the House of Brede

I have a new book on my list of favorites: In This House of Brede by Rummer Godden. It is a book beloved by many people. I’m not surprised to find myself enjoying the book, after all, it is about religion, nuns, and the everyday ordinary-extraordinary ins-and-outs of life at a Benedictine Abbey; It is the story of a Christian community.  […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

“Thus monastic chastity is completed in love, just as the sacrament of marriage is consummated in love.” —Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Of all the monastic virtues I have written about so far, monastic Chastity (celibacy) most often makes religious life and married life seem worlds apart. AsPatriarch Bartholomew once said, “It is, therefore, unfortunate that centuries of negative connotations ascribed to […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Why a Habit?

Lessons From A Monastery: Why a Habit?

“The Habit brought the Church to life.” —Brian Plum Of all the outward signs of religious practices, the wearing of the habit is the most visual and also the one with the most wonder, questions, and controversy surrounding it. Seeing a nun in her full habit can conjure up strong feelings from childhood, remind a person of God’s nearness, or […]

Abbot Nicholas of Holy Resurrection Monastery

Lessons From A Monastery: Prayer

“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.” — St. Ephrem of Syria In this series I am explaining the many lessons the faithful can learn from monks and nuns (the religious/consecrated) of the Church. In the […]

Lessons from a Monastery: Leaving the World

Lessons from a Monastery: Leaving the World

“Consecrated persons are also a sign of this universal call to holiness,  which each person receives at their baptism.” -Pope Francis  2015 is the Year of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church. This year isn’t just for religious, but for the entire Church. Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter to all Consecrated People ,addressed the laity also when he wrote “In this letter, I wish to speak not only to consecrated persons, but […]

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