A Nun and a Newt

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Our property has plenty of walking space so, even in the summer heat, Sisters are out and about enjoying God’s creation as healthy exercise. Sometimes these treks end up with ‘show and tells’ of particular plants, leaves, views etc. Other times, interesting creatures are found (but usually left alone) and a photo snapped. Whichever direction of the compass a nun …

Happy Fifth Anniversary!

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This week, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we mark our fifth anniversary of arriving in New Market, TN. It has been a busy and fast five years repairing and renovating the buildings to ‘monasticize’ them, adding other structures, building a road, starting the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden, and a host of other milestones along the …

Oh Deer!

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Cor Jesu Monastery is located in rural East Tennessee and there is plenty of wildlife around, and domesticated animals as well. The deer have made it known that they are happy to permit us to continue to live here but are very clear that they were here first. At the top of the hill at Mater Dei house, the Sisters …

Biblio-cat

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Photo of Gunther, our biblio-cat, looking happily at a box of bibles.

THE GOOD EARTH…AND SOME GOOD RAISED BEDS

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We recently received a wonderful gift from a very generous benefactor. Four raised beds, on wheels and completely assembled and full of rich, black soil just waiting for our green thumb sisters to “dig in”. For the gardeners, this is like winning the lottery. A fresh, pristine box of nutritious soil awaiting a seed, seedling, or transplant is something like …

Animal of the Day: Mom Box Turtle

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Since we live in the woods with the Holston River on three sides of us, we are used to many different animals meeting us on our walks. At least once a year, turtles make their appearance and are commonly found on our walking trails and driveway. One year, during record setting rains, a river turtle climbed all the way up …

Feline Lightning Detector

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Among the more unusual facts about our monastery is our unique lightning detection systems. We have two actually. Now although we live on a high hill, we do not have professionally installed lightning rods or electronic detection systems. Rather we have an electric water pump in our chapel’s sacristy that has a penchant for going off whenever a strike is …

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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How do you honor the Immaculate Heart? There are many ways. Prayer. Penance. The Rosary. Offering up sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Think of her close at hand, as a mother, waiting for you to let her lead you directly to her Son’s Sacred Heart. Ask her to do this often and see in what way your day changes …

Commending our nation to the Sacred Heart

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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On this Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus it seems fitting to once again commend our nation, and in fact the world, to the Most Loving Heart of Our Savior. He loves us more than we can fathom and only asks for our love in return.