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In the Shadow of 9/11: Time Is Short! FIRE, SALT, AND LIGHT. - September 9, 2014 ... the Blessed Sacrament; 2] a dearth of stained glass windows and statues; 3] rare if ever Exposition, Benediction, Forty Hours, use of incense. Finally the poverty of liturgical celebration is exacerbated by the far too often wimpy, politically correct, let's not upset anyone homilies. Perhaps it can be argued that before the sixties religious Priests, Sisters, Brothers, Nuns did lead very strict lives, sometimes did wear habits that were either too cumbersome or flashy; ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hopeforpriests/hcWS/~3/EHgswTmX29I/in-shadow-of-911-time-is-short.html

Sr. Wendy and "Lovely, Fluffy Pubic Hair"... ABBEY ROADS - August 26, 2014 ... hermit-nuns. In today's essay Sr. Wendy suggests 'angelism' may be at the root of 'martyrdom'. "I'm not putting this very well. Our desire for God can betray us into angelism: that perfidious and subtle form of pride. I'm afraid a lot of the martyrdoms that are so lauded, are in large part, only this - and it amounts to a fear of God's goodness. One wants the security of one's own earnestness; pain seems to provide that. In the paragraph before that Wendy says, "We can never ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2014/08/sr-wendy-and-lovely-fluffy-pubic-hair.html

Feast of St Clare SISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF LIFE - August 11, 2014 Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening, she ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around ...http://gospeloflifesisters.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/feast-of-st-clare/

St. Clare of Assisi: Contemplative, Lover of the Eucharist, Miracle Worker CATHOLIC FIRE - August 11, 2014 ... Poor Ladies, later known as the Poor Clares. The Poor Ladies lived apart from the world and supported Francis and his followers through their hidden life of prayer and sacrifice. At San Damiano, Clare lived an austere life. She slept on a straw mattress, fasted three days a week, never ate meat, often did penance, and awoke in the middle of the night to pray the Divine Office. Year round she wore a coarse habit and went barefoot on stone floors. In the beginning, most of the young girls who ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/08/st-clare-of-assisi-contemplative-lover.html

St. Clare of Assisi ATONEMENTONLINE - August 10, 2014 ... Order (Poor Clares). Francis obliged her under obedience at age 21 to accept the office of abbess, and she remained abbess until her death in 1253, when she was nearly 60 years old. The nuns went barefoot, they slept on the ground, they ate no meat and they observed almost complete silence. They possessed no property, even in common, subsisting on daily contributions. When even the pope tried to persuade her to mitigate this practice, she showed her characteristic firmness: "I ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/08/st-clare-of-assisi.html

The Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne CATHOLIC FIRE - July 17, 2014 ... living in a religious community in 1794. They were arrested on June 22 and imprisoned in a Visitation convent in Compiegne There they openly resumed their religious life. For a full twenty months before their execution, the sisters came together in an act of consecration "whereby each member of the community would join with the others in offering herself daily to God, soul and body in holocaust to restore peace to France and to her Church." The nuns were not just mere victims ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-blessed-carmelite-martyrs-of.html

Sunday Snippets: Nuns, Monks, and Saints CATHOLIC FIRE - July 13, 2014 ... Kansas appeared on EWTN and I post about the history of their abbey HERE. In case you missed them, I list dates when the show will re-air. I watched them as did my husband, and we thoroughly enjoyed the program. They share some wonderful insights into their community on the show and air some great vocation videos. Speaking of monks, did you know that there are Trappist monks in the United States who are now brewing their own brand of beer? European monks have followed this tradition for ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/07/sunday-snippets-nuns-monks-and-saints.html