White Christmas and a Cat

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Yes, we had a gloriously White Christmas which is a rare spectacle in East Tennessee but some have wondered if our Russian Blue cat, Gunther, descended from more northern latitude felines, liked it. As he’s indoors only, he was denied the chance to frolic in the snow but we did capture one unusual reaction from the cat who notices all …

A Typical Monastery Christmas

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COVID-19 can’t kill Christmas 2020 COVID-19 may have radically changed 2020 but it can’t really touch what we celebrate at Christmas, or rather WHO we celebrate at Christmas. Certainly the “how” has been modified for many. So let’s remember Jesus as we share what it’s like as a typical monastery Christmas approaches. We have told you some of these customs …

Christmas Star

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Yes! You bet we saw the Christmas “Star”! Or rather, the beautiful conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st. Here we share a few shots.  It was such a treat and one we get to enjoy for some time as the planets move farther apart from our perspective. More importantly, this astronomic delight only whets our appetite for the …

Christmas Approaches…are you ready to adore him?

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Adore the Lord, no matter what, this Christmas! It’s the Fourth Sunday of Advent! And Jesus arrives this Friday! In six days, we rejoice to welcome the Infant King! Are we overcome with its approach? Do we feel unready? Or have even pandemic restrictions threatened to take away not only our Christmas cheer but our peace as well? We can’t …

Quick, can you spot our guest?

Twas The Night Before Christmas…

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and throughout the monastery not a Sister was sleeping since they were all wary; for high up the chimney, clinging with care was a bat, in hopes that insects soon would be there; toes tight on rock he slept, head hanging down oblivious to all Sisters’ unhappy frowns. It’s true we like bats for the …

Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene

Christmas at Cor Jesu 2017

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Many may note that we usually don’t post news during Advent and Lent, not even during the Christmas and Easter Octaves. This is primarily because we place prayer ahead of sharing. We may post them after and back date them so the news blog timeline makes sense. This year we had a blessed Advent and Christmas and have stretched the …

Tennessee Handmaids gather for a Christmas photo.

A Monastery Christmas

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Merry Christmas! Perhaps you are looking at the dry remnants of your Christmas tree in your growing, backyard burn pile or still brushing the unending pieces of glitter off your window sills and vacuuming your carpet. Perhaps credit card receipts and shopping debts are all that remind you of the Christmas season just completed. Completed? Well, not really. Yes, it …