Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fortnight for Freedom, 2015

Today begins the Fortnight for Freedom, a time set apart especially to pray for religious liberty. As we are all aware, there are many attempts to curtail religious freedom at this time, and it is important that we, as men and women of faith, continue to stand up for our rights which are protected by our Constitution. As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "[A] healthy pluralism...does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual's conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues, or mosques." (n.255) We belong to a great nation, a nation strong enough to hold within itself opinions and beliefs of all kinds. Religious liberty is a great blessing and one which no one should be deprived of!

Here in the United States today is also Father's Day! We want to give a big thank you to all our fathers, living and deceased, the fathers in our families and our spiritual fathers as well. May God bless you all!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Five Good Years

This is the fifth anniversary of our blog! Hard to believe but true. We didn't know exactly what we were getting into when we started (and sometimes we still don't know) but we're happy to be making this journey and sharing some of our cloistered Dominican life on Lotus Lane with you all!

Today is also the memorial of St. Peter of Verona, a Dominican martyr who died a rather gruesome death because he was boldly proclaiming the faith. May we also proclaim the faith with the same integrity and strength of conviction which comes from the power of the Holy Spirit working in us!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spring Roundup

May was such a busy month for us...not only visitors but also lots of intense and stormy weather! We'd like to bring you some glimpses of life at the Monastery during May and very early June that we didn't have a chance to post before!

We had a delightful visit with a transitional deacon from our Tyler diocese, Nelson Munoz. Deacon Nelson will be ordained this summer and we hope he will be able to return and celebrate a First Mass for us in our chapel!

All the rain has been good news for Sr. Marie Augustine's garden! We've been eating lots of her delicious organic produce this past month and hope for more to come. 

Sr. Mary Veronica received this grapevine as a gift from a friend and it has really taken off!

Looking for grapes...they are still ripening (although some have turned to raisins in the now hot sun!). Since the squirrels and birds enjoy them too, we're not sure how many Sister will be able to harvest-- but we hope for a few bunches at least!

This visitor has been enjoying the tall green grass around the laundry building. Hopefully he (or she) hasn't figured out where Sr. Marie Augustine's garden is! 

Blessed be God in all His many gifts to us!