Defeat: The Squirrels Win!

A Handmaid News

Alas! We must cry “Defeat!” Julius Ceasar is quoted as saying, “Veni. Vidi. Vici.” meaning, “I came. I saw. I conquered.” We have come to the conclusion that the vast array of squirrels surrounding our house, particularly Mater Dei House, can each say something similar. Perhaps it would be “I came. I gnawed. I conquered.” The presence of the cat …

Serendipity or God’s Lessons?

A Handmaid News

This week when we listened to the Gospel message of Our Lord scolding the Pharisees as hypocrites for washing the outsides of cups and dishes while remaining unclean within, we enjoyed a parallel message, though in the form of wood. As many in Tennessee know well, wood + water + weather = maintenance. Despite our extra TLC, renovations and repairs of the …

Flower Power

A Handmaid News

We recently had a “photo shoot” with the flowers in front of Mater Dei house. Even though they had been storm battered and were technically passed their prime they did their best to cooperate. But what delight we find examining these imperfect specimens that, while not ripe for a cover on Country magazine or Birds and Blooms, were nevertheless radiant …

Summer Sunrise In The Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Some things are worth getting up early for. Some One is even more worth getting up early for and that’s the Lord. We are already up and praying Matins long before we assemble together at Chapel for Lauds and Terce before Benediction and Mass. In the summer the schedule gives us an opportunity for a prayerful walk between Matins and …

Gunther Participates Even In Jubilees

A Handmaid News

You may have heard that this is the Holy Year of Saint Joseph as well as the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, a double holy year. During this special time in the Church, our religious institute is marking two other anniversaries: The centennial of our Founder’s ordination to the priesthood and our upcoming 75th anniversary of our foundation. As part of …

Bambi Hides At Cor Jesu

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As we have some families of deer that regularly stay on our property (the deer say it’s the other way around; that we are on their property), fawns can be expected to show up. No matter how often we see fawns we can be relied upon to, well, fawn over them as they are Bambi-cute on their spindly legs and in …

Post Corpus Christi Blessings: Aspirant Renae Arrives!

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

In addition to Jesus’ Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, the week of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi brought us many other blessings as well, large and small, from resuming the use of holy water fonts in Chapel, to beautiful flower blossoms, and last, but not least, to the joyful arrival of our Aspirant Renae. The Lord never ceases his …

Corpus Christi Blessed Blossoms

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You may remember that there was a lily shortage at Easter and the familiar white blossoms were scarce and hard to find. Well, our summer warmth has brought the garden to blossom again just in time for Corpus Christi. Day lilies, red lilies, white lilies and calla lilies are now competing for attention (and altar space) with some gorgeous gladiolus. …

World Day of Prayer for Priests

A Handmaid News, Priests

This year on June 11th, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, worldpriest.com coordinates the annual global Rosary Relay for Priests. We joyfully add our prayers to theirs for the sake of our dear priests. We invite you to do the same and explore their weekly Thursday virtual rosaries as well. We can never pray too much for priests.