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.

Cat of the Day: Gunther likes mail…from other cats

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We want to thank everyone who has been sending their prayer intentions during our Novena of Masses for Corpus Christi. Some send in slips. Others cards. Some send in letters. Others email. We decided to put a few cards on the table that came in one day for the sisters to enjoy but Gunther took an interest in them first. …

Book of the Day: Word On Fire Bible

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What? No photo?!   Text and a link will have to suffice rather than a photo. This June there is an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful and corresponding gift with which to consider marking Corpus Christi. The very week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the Word on Fire Institute makes available for …