Cartoon Come and Sees during COVID

COVID COME AND SEES

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

Vocations News: Coping with COVID-19 and Come and Sees Yes, 2020 has been quite a year. We managed to get in a couple visits with inquiring women before COVID became a byword and seeming harbinger of all that could go wrong with the year 2020. By lockdown in March it was hoped a few weeks would be sufficient to dispel the …

Religious Symbols: Side Rosary

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Vocation Snippet

Many religious, male and female, wear a side Rosary with their habit. Some can be rather large, others small. While Handmaids have had some minor variations in the wear of our side Rosary, we have always had them as a necessary part of the habit, not just as an accessory but as an essential to our spiritual life. Our Founder …

Yes, the Crown of Thorns is real.

Religious Symbols: Crown of Thorns

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Vocation Snippet

When we take our final vows, part of the ceremony is receiving and wearing a crown of thorns. A real one. We use pyracantha (otherwise called, very appropriately, firethorn) to fashion the crown. Since our veils are white, symbolizing the Eucharist, the Mother Prioress tries not to draw any blood either through the thorns or when pinning the crown to …

Sacred Silence With The Trinity

A Handmaid News, Prayer Life

Sacred silence. A great settling enfolds the monastery. Cell doors close. Offices are dark. Computers are off. Phones are silent. Compline has rounded out the monastic day and nocturnal adoration begins. It’s extraordinarily intimate as one by one in each house a nun takes a private hour of adoration in the oratory. Close to the altar, kneeling before the monstrance, …

Bearing an Undeserved Burden

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

  [Originally published September 2018] When we upgraded our website a few years ago, a photo was purchased for our use of a man with his head bowed and knuckles in his eyes and we added the caption: Our Priests Carry Not Only The Full Weight of Our Burdens But Their Own As Well. Today, in these days of renewed …

Truth, Trust, and Prayer

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News, Priests

[Originally published in August 2018] We don’t post much on what people would call current events or news. 1. We don’t follow it as others in the world do though we know what is necessary to know and 2. It can devolve into divisive viewpoints that deflect attention from the real problem. But we are hearing from people who have …

The Silence and Emptiness without Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

They Have Taken Our Lord

A Handmaid Charism, HPB Vocations, News, Priests, Triduum

YES, THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR LORD… [Originally shared Holy Week 2017] Sometimes well meaning Catholics tell us they are envious of our monastic lifestyle. Usually it is because they misunderstand the level of spiritual combat it entails daily. But when we hear of “holy envy” regarding our experience of Holy Week and the Triduum, it might be justified, but not …