Fiat Lux! Let There Be Light!

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

As an Easter gift, a benefactor made possible the night lighting of our gates, call box, and most especially the wooden Crosses now draped in white. It helps with security and visitors finding the call box but also allows the Cross to be seen at quite a distance even in the dark. Fiat Lux! Let There Be Light! We are …

Triduum

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

The holiest days of the year, the Triduum, are upon us with much silence, solemnity, and prayer. And also a lot of preparations, cleaning, arranging, planning etc., to ensure we are ready to welcome the Risen King again on Easter Sunday. We share just a snap shot from Good Friday Outdoor Stations in the Mary Mother of Priests Garden and …

Happy Nuns, Melting Snow, and Fleeting Grace

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Though Spring is here, we want to share some of winter’s last hurrahs in mid March at Cor Jesu Monastery. The day after we had enjoyed 72 degree weather, we had a winter storm and over 4 inches of snow, a rare occurrence. And unlike last year, thanks to a generous priest, we had a sled! No cardboard for us …

Who Is In The Garden?

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We thought that, similar to sharing images of our priests chalkboard in our refectory highlighting priests to pray for each week, we might share from time to time, not just a photo of our Mary Mother of Priests Garden, but a little about some of the priests names fixed there among the Stations of the Cross on our hilltop home.  …

Gaudete! He is Coming!

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Rejoice! It’s Gaudete Sunday! We enter the third week of Advent lighting the rose colored candles and renewing our thanksgiving for the Incarnation. He is coming. He is coming to save us. He is coming to be one of us. This gives us all hope and joy, but not for the secular trappings of the coming holidays. It’s not about …

Praying the Stations of the Cross in the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

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God blessed us with very fine weather during the last weeks of October and, on a warm and windy day, we took advantage of the conditions to pray the Stations of the Cross together in the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The perimeter of this first phase of the garden is ringed with 14 traditional Stations of the Cross …

Summer Sunrise In The Garden

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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 …

Priest Garden in Lenten Colors

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Winter is coming to an end and we have passed the halfway mark of the season of Lent and the Mary Mother of Priests Garden reflects that. As the warmth comes and plants come alive again in Spring, violet drapes the Cross reminding us of the time of penance, prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Soon, we will mark Passion tide. Already …

The White Garden

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As it’s not too likely we’ll soon experience the amount of snow we enjoyed during our White Christmas, we thought we could share some of the views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden when it was covered wonderfully in snow that day.

Panoramic Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

Fiery Sun on a Frosty Morning

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We welcomed December with our first ‘snowfall’ of the year and captured some of these views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The stations may have been coated with snow and ice and the names of the priests looking white and frosty, but the rising sun turned it all into a dazzling spectacle of joy. Prayers are like …