Father VanderPutten sent me this wonderful poem about a Benedictine Nun written in a pamphlet back in the day. It is beautiful….

 It would be hard to top this as a description of Benedictine life.

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from a pamphlet printed by the nuns of Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester, UK

PRAYER PRAISE STILLNESS

SERENITY WISDOM CONTEMPLATION

Our world has lost these things
So men are restless, dissatisfied, tense–
Drowning in fevered activity
Seeking the wrong things
And seeking the right things
but in the wrong places

Our world has lost God

That is why we have withdrawn from the world
Not because we do not care about its fate
cannot face its problems
But in order to find God

And having found Him
To irradiate the very heart of the world
With His peace-bringing
life-giving presence

We do not engage in works outside our monastery
For we have chosen to live in silence
and concentration
At the hidden springs, the deepest level
Where the struggle is enacted
between the powers of good and evil
Where our union with Christ bears fruit
for all mankind

We have chosen a stillness
more powerful than all activity
A detachment more fulfilling than all possession
A wisdom exceeding all knowledge
And a love beyond all price

Each day we lift the world up to God
in public prayer and praise
through the liturgy of the monastic choir

Each day we search for Him
in our private prayer and reading

Each day we work
according to our gifts
for the support of the community

Such is the life of a contemplative nun
following the Rule of St Benedict
a community life–
yet lived alone with God

A beautiful CD by the Benedictines of Mary…a lovely gift idea!

Echoes of Ephesus

Looking for some beautiful Christmas Cards? Look no further! Support the nuns by purchasing these lovely Christmas sentiments…

Available here.

Walking the Road to God by Father Lawrence Carney

Have you heard of “The Walking Priest”? We met him at the convent when we dropped Rosie off.

Father Carney says the Tridientine daily Mass for the Benedictines.

He is a true apostle as he walks the streets of St. Joseph, MO, a crucifix in one hand and a rosary in the other. (They are his hook and his line as he reels in souls for Christ).

He is in the process of starting an order of “walking priests”. Please pray for Fr. Carney and his new religious order: “Canon Regulars of St. Martin.”

“Serving Jesus in the streets of the city is my joy. It brings me great happiness to meet people who come up to me with a question about God or a comment about how they always see me walking and thinking about God. Some honk their horns, some give me a thumbs up. My purpose is to direct people with good hearts to the Heart of God.”

Take a peek at his book…. https://amzn.to/2D3XHIi

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