Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stuffing, Sealing, Labeling, Mailing

Yes, it's that time of the year again--time to get the latest issue of "Monastery Bells" ready for mailing! If you're one of our snail mail subscribers, we'll be mailing them out probably around October 7--and if you prefer to view the Bells online, we hope to post it around the same time. We'll let you know when this most recent Bells goes out to the world! 

Meanwhile, we've been busy--not only composing the Bells but trying to get them stuffed into envelopes, then sealing the envelopes, and finally labeling the envelopes for mailing. It's quite a job!

Sr. Mary Annunciata, Sr. Mary Regina and Sr. Mary Sybillina hard at work, with Sr. Mary Dominic and Sr. Mary Gabriel in the background

Sr. Mary Veronica and Sr. Miriam labelling

Sr. Mary Christine, Sr. Mary Magdalene, Sr. Bernadette Marie, and Sr. Marie Augustine all sealing envelopes

Sr. Mary Regina, Sr. Mary Sybillina, Sr. Mary John and Sr. Mary Annunciata

Why are we working on the Bells now since we're not sending them until October 7? Well, our annual retreat begins next week--and we want to be able to spend our extra time praying, et cetera! We'll have more to say about this in a few days. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the Bells! If you would like to receive the Bells via snail mail--it's absolutely free!--just send us your name and address and we'll put you on the list for our Christmas mailing. This will include our beautiful Christmas card and pocket calendar designed by the nuns! Of course, we don't sell or share our mailing lists with anyone. Sorry, we can't mail the Bells outside the United States.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Exaltation of the Cross, 2013

"Those who believe in Jesus, crucified and risen, carry the cross in triumph as an indisputable proof that God is love. With the total gift of himself on the cross, our Savior decisively conquered sin and death." --Blessed Pope John Paul II
We all carry our crosses in life, as individuals, as communities. But this heavy, sometimes almost unbearable burden becomes easier to shoulder when we remember that we always have the help of Jesus as we go on our way. Jesus understands our sorrows, our pain, our hurts, our utter anguish better than anyone. He knows what we are going through and how much we can bear, and he does not ask more of us than he knows we can do. Sometimes--often--this seems impossible to understand. But we are asked to trust in Jesus, and keep walking on, carrying our cross with his help. God gave his only Son because he loved the world and wanted to redeem it. Can we accept that he loves us enough to ask us to share in our own small way in this work?

Friday, September 13, 2013

St. John Chrysostom

All the sisters here at the Monastery have been praying for peace in Syria and the world, but some have been praying for this peace particularly through the intercession of St. John Chrysostom, who has a Syrian background. In the homily we read at Office of Readings today, he says: "If Christ is with me, whom shall I fear? Though the waves and the sea and the anger of princes are roused against me, they are less to me than a spider's web...I always say: Lord, your will be done; not what this fellow or that would have me do, but what you want me to do." Truly God is our ultimate refuge and our strong support in this world of conflict and violence. May peace come to Syria and all the Middle East and the world!

We continue to pray for peace, through the intercession of all the saints of Syria, including Afraate, Ephraim, Simon the Stylite, Isaac of Nineveh, John Chrysostom and John Damascene, not to mention our Lady, Queen of Peace.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Holy Hour for Peace

Responding to Pope Francis' call for a day of fasting and prayers for peace, we will be having a Holy Hour at our monastery on September 7, 2013. It will begin with silent prayer in common at 7 PM, and conclude with Compline and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. If you are in the Lufkin area, please consider joining us as we pray for peace in Syria and the world! Even if you cannot come please say a prayer and fast in some way for this important cause and this difficult situation. As Tennyson once wrote, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of"!