The Story of the Miraculous Image of the Madonna di San Sisto

If you read one of my previous posts on the Holy Father’s visit to the Dominican nuns at Santa Maria del Rosario, you may have noticed his reference to a particular image present there: “the image of St. Sixtus’ acheropita Virgin, now protector of the Roman convents of St. Mary in Tempulo and of St. […]

Happenings at Corpus Christi Monastery

The last few months have been very eventful for the nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery!  In that time, Sr. Mary Isabel of the Angels and Sr. Louise Marie of the Holy Trinity received the habit and began their novitiate.  Sr. Joseph Marie of the Child Jesus, O.P. solemnly consecrated herself to Jesus.  And in June, […]

Where Hope and Faith Lie

Reflecting on my current situation, it would be easy for me to become discouraged and lose hope.  The desire of my heart to enter the cloister is strong, but my educational debt is large and, as a small business owner in this economy, my income is very lean right now.  Time is flying by, but the […]

Cloistered Religious Serve As Church’s Heart

“The way of contemplative life, which you received from St. Dominic in the form of cloister, places you, as living and vital members, in the heart of the Lord’s Mystical Body, which is the Church; and as the heart makes the blood circulate and maintains the whole body alive, so your hidden existence with Christ, […]

Contemplative Life

–Preface by Fr. Bede Jarrett, OP to “Dominican Contemplatives” by a Dominican of Carisbrooke (Burns & Oates, 1919). Contemplation is for all, but the contemplative life is only for a few.  Contemplation is in itself only one method of prayer, one way of getting into communication with God.  Instead of talking volubly or agitating our […]

Notable Quotes

What do you seek, pilgrims? Each one of us here must ask himself this question. But you above all, since you have your life ahead of you. I invite you to decide definitively the direction of your way. With the very words of Christ, I ask you: “What do you seek”? (Jn 1:38). Do you […]

Who Are the Nuns of the Order of Preachers?

     – From the Fundamental Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers The nuns of the Order of Preachers came into being when our holy father gathered women converts to the Catholic faith in the monastery of Blessed Mary of Prouille in 1206. These women, free for God alone, he associated with his […]

Thoughts of God

“You have no time to occupy your thoughts with complacency or consideration of what others will think.  Your business is simply, ‘What will my Father in heaven think?’”  ~St. Katharine Drexel It’s easy to get comfortable in going with the flow, or worrying about how others might perceive us.  For me, I was always the […]

Dominican Family

Today we remember one of the many Dominican saints and his companions – St. John of Cologne.  He was a Dominican serving as a parish priest in Holland in the mid-1500’s and martyred in 1572.  At that time, Holland was engaged in a struggle with Spanish princes.  Anti-Spanish and Protestant soldiers banded together and began to […]

One Step at a Time

My vocation story is full of many steps.  For me, this marks a milestone: actively seeking prayers and financial support for my vocation. For the past three years, I’ve been discerning a possible calling to religious life, specifically with the Dominican cloistered nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, California.  During February of 2010, […]