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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. Each week we will pray for 6 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. Each week we will pray for 6 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. Each week we will pray for 6 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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Double Holy Years and Our Need For Them Now

As 2021 gets further underway and more people begin to question if 2021 is going to make 2020 look very good in hindsight, remember to keep focus. On what? Not the news. Or social media. Or the internet. Or rumors. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He’s already planned out the perfect 2021 for our eternal good, so we need to let him have his most holy way.

In the mean time, shut off the noise and take some prayerful time to review two wonderful gifts Jesus has already started unwrapping through the Vicar of Christ on Earth, the Holy Father. Read his Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” proclaiming the Year of Saint Joseph and pay attention to why he’s doing this. Prepare for the coming year dedicated to “Family Amoris laetitia” and again ask why.

Much of the chaos in the world right now stems from broken relationships: those between ourselves and God, and those among ourselves and our neighbors. Pope Francis is asking us all to look at the model family, where truly holy relationships, love, and sacrifice were played out in anything but peaceful times. Did it ever strike you that the Prince of Peace came having to face attempted murder and flight almost immediately? This family was Holy in an unholy time. This family made holiness among themselves, if you will. They couldn’t ignore the evil around them but their love for God the Father and each other transcended that evil and brought them a divine Peace their situation couldn’t guarantee but God could.

Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde”: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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Gertrude gets her nom de plume and enters cartoon-land in the Sister Regina comic strip as Shadow’s new side-kick: SUNBEAM. We had plenty of suggestions, some more than once, but this one had a ring to it as we flesh out the feline dynamic duo of the squirrel wars. Here’s just some that were submitted:

Samson

Sunny

Lily

Rose

Sunshine

Misty

Lightfoot

Flame

Sunbeam

Light

Cuddles

Trudy

Gertrude is steadily growing, gaining weight and trying out various speeds racing around the cell she occupies after her toys, insects, and anything else she wants to chase. Despite her small size she can hit the ground with an impact that sounds like a human and, despite our best efforts, we smile in distraction as we detect her barreling across the floor just above the Mass Chapel. More than once a Handmaid has heard various thumps and bumps and wondered if a plumber or other contractor might be fixing something in the cell above Chapel and then realize, “Oh, its just Gertrude…all 7 pounds of her.” Look out wood-eating rodents!

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 4 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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You know it’s Advent When the Masks are Violet

It’s beginning to look like Advent. A simple wreath. A different breviary. Different hymns. No Gloria. Violet vestments. Ah yes, and violet masks. There was some joking when masks and lock downs began in earnest earlier this historic year that we all hoped we wouldn’t have to see masks in Advent. But Covid-19 seems determined to stay around into 2021.

Are you going to let that be a determining factor in the joy of the upcoming season of anticipation and expectation as we prayerfully await the coming of the Infant King? If Mary and Joseph didn’t let a census take away their joy as they prepared to welcome Jesus, then we don’t have to either. As inconvenient as it was, they saw readily the Hand of God in the matter and trusted. That trust didn’t diminish the trials and dangers they faced. It meant God was with them through it all and quite literally in fact. Think about it. Do you feel helpless in the face of this pandemic and unrest? Who is more helpless than a babe in the womb? Jesus was right there with Joseph and Mary in every difficulty. Just as he is with us. He is “God with us” Emmanuel.

O Come O Come Emmanuel!

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 6 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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What do you mean, ANOTHER cat?

A news update from Cor Jesu Monastery: Gertrude (named after Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, patron saint of cats and cat lovers...at least since 1983) joins Gunther in anti-squirrel operations. Though trim and tiny, Gertrude shows great promise as an ally in the squirrel wars. Gunther, now a medically retired hunting veteran, will be showing Gertrude the ropes as to monastic living for cats before he resumes what can only be referred to as ‘therapy cat’ duties. [He refuses the moniker ‘house cat’ and feels he must have a job. He still hunts and patrols indoors.]

But this also means that Shadow, Gunther’s cartoon alter ego, needs his new companion in cartoon-land to have an appropriate name as well. So we are accepting suggestions to suit the duo of a solid 11 pound Russian Blue male 3 year old and a Dilute Tortie female 7 month old who hasn’t approached even 6 pounds on the scale.

May y’all have a Blessed and safe Thanksgiving! We are are grateful for each and every one of you and send a special note of thanks and appreciation to our special veterinarian and her staff.

We’ve also added a few kitten related items to our Amazon wishlist and remain indebted to all our friends and benefactors.

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All God’s Creatures Got a Place In The Choir

Do you remember singing, “All God’s Creatures Got A Place In The Choir?” Yes, everything and every little thing was indeed made by God for a purpose even when we can’t know precisely why that is. In Heaven, adoring God in the Beatific vision, it’s unlikely that we will feel the need to ask, “Lord, why did you create the lady bugs that bite and stink and aren’t so lady like?” But we can practice now being grateful for them. After all, they do eat aphids and are fairly cute.

Being grateful even for things we can’t understand, or even like, is wonderful preparation. Preparation for what? Growing in holiness. Joyful gratitude is the hallmark of the Saints. So next time you want to complain about those little bugs, thank God for them instead.

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This week we are praying in a special way for the priests of the Diocese of Beaumont. Each week we will pray for 6 specific priests until we have prayed for all of the priests in the diocese. Please join us!

Learn more about our priest chalkboard here: https://nunsforpriests.org/our-priest-chalkboard/

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HOW DID THE PRIEST CHALKBOARD START?

The Priest Chalkboard that hangs in our refectory

The Priest Chalkboard that hangs in our refectory

People sometimes wonder how the Handmaids came to start writing specific priests’ names on our chalkboard in our refectory. They want to know if these are special priests, or priests in trouble, or particularly great priests. They want to know why certain names appear and when.

Well, we do one Diocese at a time. Their appearance on our board simply means we are praying for them and has no reflection on their “status”.

The Importance of a Name

But the answer to how we began doing this actually goes farther back into our past history as a community dedicated to the sanctification of priests through prayer and sacrifice. Our Founder knew that being mindful of priests and their situations would be a springboard to prayer and, in the early days of our foundation, he would personally apprise the Handmaids of circumstances and priests in particular need. The community joke is that whenever he came and said, “Oh dear Sisters! Please pray for Father So-and-So, he’s in great danger or difficulty” immediately, or so it would seem, Sister Elizabeth (our first Sister and one paralyzed from polio), or another Sister, would break a leg so she would have something to offer for that priest. But, joking aside, it was important in the formation of our Handmaid life to concretely realize we were contributing to the well being, the eternal well being, of real men, flesh and blood humans subject to all our common weaknesses, but bearing the added burdens and joys of the ordained priesthood.

A later development of this concept of keeping someone in prayer by name was when Our Lord sent us an anonymous priest who was so taken with our apostolate that he took upon himself a private mission to pray for us. He requested special permission of the Mother Prioress to obtain the names of each Handmaid and then made it part of his daily horarium to pray for one specific Sister throughout each day of the month. His Mass would be offered for that Sister and a slip of paper with her name would remain before the monstrance during his many hours of adoration in solitude. Through this ineffably generous offering by this priest, we were given a taste, just a taste, of what we ourselves were doing for priests in general. As many a Sister can still testify, she could really tell when it was “her day”. The concreteness of knowing that her name and a date were solidified into a holy priest’s prayer routine was nothing less than humbling, yet inspirational. We are still greatly indebted to his faithful prayers from afar and only wish we could return such powerful beauty in kind.

What About That Chalkboard?

When we purchased the property in New Market, we asked some furnishings to be included with the buildings and, among these, was the chalkboard in the refectory. For months, it held a Scripture quote from Proverbs 24 about Wisdom building a house. It seemed perfect for all the construction so we didn’t change it. But as our needs for multiple chaplains continued, exposing us to more priests within the Diocese, we realized anew and more deeply the blessings of the priesthood and the gifts they are to us. The idea came to write a few names per week on the board, one from each deanery, until all the priests had had “their week”. We knew the spiritual boost it was to us to think, “Today, I am being prayed for by name.” Now we could have various priests thinking, “This week, they are praying for me by name.” Yes, we pray for all priests, all the time: 24/7/365. But this more tangible way of sharing that could be another small way of encouraging them in their ministry.

A symbol of the fruit of the vine that becomes the Precious Blood by the priest's words of consecration. On the chalkboard below: names of Priests to pray for!

A symbol of the fruit of the vine that becomes the Precious Blood by the priest’s words of consecration. On the chalkboard below: names of Priests to pray for!

When we got out the chalk and listed the first four priest’s names, a Sister standing on a stool to do so, we finally got a hard look at the chalk board itself, chosen by the previous owners years previously to accompany the rustic decor. Usually the themes of their decorations were things like hunting and fishing. But what was the design in the metal engraving at the top of the board? Grapes and grape leaves! A symbol of the fruit of the vine that becomes the Precious Blood during the Mass! And the wine can only become the Precious Blood at the hands of a priest! It was a small assurance from the Holy Spirit that embarking on the weekly priest list was a good idea. Join us as we continue to pray for all priests and, in a special way, those on the board each week.

We Pray For Priests…Do You?