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 […]

Stories of Gratitude

Recently I was talking with a priest friend over coffee about some of the challenges he faces in his parish.  Full of zeal and tenderness for the people he has been charged to shepherd, it pained him to see and hear apathy and discontentment among his flock as a result of some of the “hard sayings” he […]

Today’s Saint Quote: St. Therese of Lisieux

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, […]

Pictures From Corpus Christi Monastery

The nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park, have posted a couple entries to their blog with pictures taken during the week I was there. As I look at them and reflect on my time there, I find myself smiling and looking forward to returning, God willing, soon. Harvesting! – Some of the orchard and […]

Thoughts While “Inside”

It is Wednesday, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, and I’m already halfway through my visit at Corpus Christi Monastery. Of course, this won’t be posted until Monday at the earliest, as I am within the walls of the cloister and my internet connection is off (not that I mind). 🙂 I’ve had much […]

Long-Awaited Visit!

It was exactly one week ago I was flying a red-eye to visit The Laboure Society in Minnesota. At this moment, I am once again sitting in an airport in the wee hours of the morning, this time headed south to California! I am thrilled to be spending a week with the nuns at Corpus […]

Date Targeted, Onward!

This week, I received the news that I was accepted for entrance to the postulancy at Corpus Christi Monastery.  June 8, 2011 is the target date for my entry into the cloister, to be confirmed as the date draws closer and pending resolution of my educational debt.  This will be no small task, but I am […]

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 […]