The Conclusion of One Chapter and Beginning of Another

The day has come – tomorrow I enter!  I must confess, I’ve put off this post, because I wasn’t sure what to say.  So many thoughts and feelings… Gratitude and joy, first and foremost, to God for granting me the grace to take these steps across the cloister threshold, and for those He has brought […]

For Those Who Pray

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. It was also designated a day to pray for cloistered religious – Pro Orantibus Day, meaning “for those who pray.” Here are some thoughts on this special opportunity we have to offer prayers, encouragement and material support to those who give their lives in contemplation as […]

For Love.

Last week, I was flat-out sick.  For me, this was no ordinary head cold.  I have new-found empathy for those that suffer with sinus issues.  I’ve never really had sinus troubles, but this cold caused some terrible sinus pain – enough to make my teeth and jaw hurt for a week.  I still have some […]

The Wedding Feast

Fundraising is mission work. It is connecting with people and inviting them to support something worthwhile. Sometimes, as in this case, something eternal. Often I hear, “no, I’m not interested.” Sometimes, I hear “tell me more.” Then, I may hear, “yes, we want to support this mission!” To keep me on track and moving forward, […]

Lessons From Martha

Most Christians know the story.  Jesus and His disciples were kicking back in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  Martha was busy in the kitchen, trying to prepare a meal for the houseful of men.  And where is her sister, Mary?  Sitting with the guys at Jesus’ feet, in rapt awe.  Frustrated, Martha finally […]

Women Religious

My community, the Dominican nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery (Menlo Park, CA) have just released a video (their first) on YouTube! When I first saw the video, I must confess, tears welled up.  For me, the pictures bring back memories of all my visits and my time inside the cloister for my aspirancy.  These women […]

Liturgy and Contemplation

The student brothers of the Western Dominican Province have produced a beautiful short film on the public prayer of the Church – the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, is the offical, public prayer of the Church.  As the psalmist wrote, “Seven times a day I praise you” (Ps. 119:164), […]

Mary Magdalene, Dominicans, and Fruit Tarts

What do these things have in common? More than you might think. Yesterday, July 22nd, was the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, or rather it would have been, had it not been superseded by the solemnity of Sunday. In any case, as Mary Magdalene was so dear to our Lord and, in fact, was the […]

A Divine Vocation

Why leave the world for a cloister?  What distinguishes a Dominican vocation?  This short video touches on these points and others through the eyes and experience of a 22-year old postulant and a 71-year old nun.  Highlighting some of the joys and challenges with a life consisting of “falling head-over-heels in love with Christ crucified, […]

Quote of the Day by Very Rev. Bede Jarrett, O.P.

With [St. Dominic’s] orderly scheme of Truth, achieved through freedom of mind and heart, he makes his appeal to certain souls. His way is not the popular way, for it implies much daring and many risks, since, if truth be the most fortifying of virtues, it is in many lives the most full of danger. […]