Host of the Day: Easter Thursday

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Just one week ago on Holy Thursday, while the world began a Triduum unlike any other in modern times, we solemnly marked the day Our Lord Jesus gave himself to us in the Blessed Sacrament. Today on our altar exposed in the monstrance, surrounded in lilies and bright flowers, he is present in Easter Joy. Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. …

Cat Photo Lost in the Shuffle

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In a couple of posts recently, the photos we were trying to upload fell through, as it were, either not showing in our news blog page or our social media venues. So, to make up for the loss of yet another Gunther shot we send you yet more Gunther shots from his favorite balance beam. He is well, handling COVID-19 …

Cat of the Day

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Gunther likes ‘the balance beam’. It’s a support beam running the width of the refectory and this portion is directly above the stairs. What he really likes is waiting until an unsuspecting nun comes down the stairs and he gives them a surprise ‘blessing’ by lightly tapping his paw to their veil.

Holy Saturday: a visit to the dead

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This year, Holy Saturday will be like none other in recent history. Millions of Catholics will not attend the Easter Vigil. No fire. No lighting of the Paschal candle. No sung exultet. No sequence of readings walking us through salvation history until the coming of the Messiah and final conquering of suffering and death in the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and …

View of the Day

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Though storms approach (literally in the Tennessee River valley today and tonight) and the Triduum is nearly upon us, the sun and flowers overlooking the garden are shouting that Easter lies ahead.

Cat of the Day

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For your smile today: Gunther approves of a whimsical puzzle we recently completed. He also likes biting the pieces and swishing them around (and off) the table.

Host of the Day

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A photo of Mater Dei Oratory with a Handmaid in adoration. Never forget we are praying for you and in your place!

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 MAY 16th, 2020 UPDATE: Please email us if you are considering bringing items in person. We will still need to arrange a drop time outside the enclosure. We have been mortified at some of the prices of online items. If you can afford to buy paper products (bath tissue, kleenex, paper towels) and the shipping …

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 …