The Long Good Friday

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The Long Good Friday We’ve shared in the past the phenomena of Good Friday in the monastery, not simply the traditions and rituals of the Triduum, but the hard to describe ache and longing nuns, especially those dedicated to Eucharistic adoration, feel in the tangible absence of the Blessed Sacrament on that one Holy Day of the year when Mass …

Wish Lists and General Food/Kitchen supplies UPDATED

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WISH LIST UPDATED AS OF APRIL 4th, 2020 UPDATE: In the interest of safety, any in-person deliveries will need to be pre-coordinated so that a Sister or representative for the community can meet deliveries outside the enclosure at a set time. In addition, we not only again echo Saint Paul’s admonition ‘not to impoverish’, we add the admonition to all our …

Statue of the Day

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It’s easy to feel overcome and lost during the pandemic. While we pray for the sick and suffering, and the courageous medical personnel striving to save their patients, we also remember those leaders who must decide and guide the response to the crisis. We pray for them to choose wisely and we find hope and consolation in this: Christ is …

Book of the Day

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For many under a variety of COVID-19 necessitated curfew, shelter in place, lock down, stay at home, or safer at home directives during the pandemic, it is doubly difficult adapting to unprecedented ways of doing things from home while your spiritual nourishment is also impacted. The lack of public Mass anywhere and, in some places, the complete closure of Churches …

Russian Blue Cat on Ottoman

Cat of the Day

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Victor Gunther basks in glory after presenting his second trophy to Rev. Mother just after the rising bell. The score is now: Gunther 2 Mice 0.

Blue Marian Monstrance

Host of the Day: Thank you Mary for saying Yes!

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A favorite monstrance we have not only shows us Jesus as the Heavenly Bread made food for the journey but also, in the stem itself, the Woman whose “Fiat!” made that possible. Thank you Mary, Our Mother, for saying, “Yes!” so that Jesus could be the one to bring us back to the Father. In these trying and frightening times …

Host of the Day

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Host of the Day, as seen in one of our Oratories. cf. John 9:35-37 from Laetare Sunday Gospel The Gospel where the man born blind is healed by Jesus, not following social distancing, is a beautiful thought. Because it is God who seeks to be nearer to us. God Incarnate seeks out the healed man asking if he believed in …

During COVID-19: We are praying for you…and in your place!

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As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to impact America in earnest, know that we are keeping everyone, everyone in the world, in prayer, particularly those sick and those striving to care for them. Most especially we pray for those most vulnerable who may have no one to care for them. We remain, as all contemplatives do, at the heart of the …

Tennessee Knights of Columbus Men of the Hour

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Old tales are full of stories of people being rescued by knights in shining armor, but this year, Tennessee Knights of Columbus are learning to do this rescuing on their knees. We often associate Knights of Columbus with what they do, what actions they take, what services they tangibly provide. But the Men of the Hour are adding something deeper to …