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, …

Easter Guarantees

A Handmaid Easter, News

Paschal tide is the season to relish the victory of Life over death, Good over evil, sanctity over sinfulness. Easter does not remove suffering and pain, but it does give all of it meaning. At the beginning of Holy Week the world watched Notre Dame burn as people prayed and sang hymns in the street. Suddenly, something taken for granted …

CAPTION CONTEST or How the Squirrel Ate A Monastery

A Handmaid News

The photo above of one of our many squirrels is begging for a caption contest. As we alerted our friends and benefactors when we shared the photo of this animal’s handiwork, we anticipated an upcoming caption contest should we capture any miscreants on camera. Through the assistance of a generous Knight of Columbus, we found ourselves quickly in possession of …

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 …

Litany for Healing in Times of Scandal and Abuse

A Handmaid News, Web Devotions

During the Abuse Summit, as we prayed and fasted for all those gathered in Rome with the Holy Father from Feb 21st to 24th, we developed a short Litany for Healing. As our charism is to offer our lives to Christ for the sanctification of his priests, we understand that our prayers extend to all those impacted by the actions …

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 …

LENTEN NOVENA FOR PRIESTS

A Handmaid KofC, News

How would you like to join 12,000 Knights of Columbus this Lent praying a special novena for priests? People sometimes ask Handmaids, “What do you do?” when they really mean, “What do you make?” Some monks and nuns make all manner of items to support themselves from caskets, to candies, to fruitcake, to soap, to wine and beer. Perhaps it …

MAKING ABORTION HISTORY

A Handmaid News

Our cartoon is called MAKING ABORTION HISTORY. Perhaps, because it can be taken two different ways (say by Planned Parenthood vs Pro-Life Advocates), we should be Apostles of the Obvious when we restate and reaffirm that Catholic teaching is against any and all forms of abortion and seeks to protect all human life because we are made in the image …

Honoring Our Lady, Help of Persecuted Christians

A Handmaid KofC, News

On January 1st, 2019, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, we were blessed and privileged to celebrate the beginning of this new year in a unique way honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, we were able to receive and house the icon of Our Lady, Help of Persecuted Christians …

Quick, can you spot our guest?

Twas The Night Before Christmas…

A Handmaid News

‘Twas the night before Christmas and throughout the monastery not a Sister was sleeping since they were all wary; for high up the chimney, clinging with care was a bat, in hopes that insects soon would be there; toes tight on rock he slept, head hanging down oblivious to all Sisters’ unhappy frowns. It’s true we like bats for the …