Today on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary we conclude our series on the monastic life of Dominican nuns. St. Dominic in 1206 brought together a group of women in Prouille, France to take up a life of prayer, penance, and silence ten years before the official founding of the Order of Preachers.... [Read more...]Hidden with Christ in God: The Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary
St. Paul exhorts us to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) The Milwaukee Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary are a contemplative community of Dominican Sisters who literally put these words into practice by maintaining a continuous Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, 24 hours a... [Read more...]Heaven on Earth in the Age of Social Media
Cloistered Nuns have the special calling of living heaven here on earth. Yes, it is true for all of us that our heaven or our hell can start in this life. Yet, in God’s providence, some of the elect are asked to live in a very close way to Him. For example, in the Gospels we see that Jesus takes... [Read more...]Matisse the Mediator
This work of art demanded of me four years of assiduous and exclusive attention, and it is nothing less than the result of the whole of my active life. I consider it, apart from its imperfections, my masterpiece. – Henri Matisse, speaking of the Rosary Chapel in Vence, France In 1942 Monique Bourgeois,... [Read more...]The Gift of a Christian Death?
There is no point in being a Christian unless we regard death as God’s greatest gift to us. — Fr. Edward T. Oakes, SJ (1948 – 2013) What did he say? Death is a gift, even God’s greatest? Death is no stranger to superlatives, but they usually come in the negative form: death is the most terrible... [Read more...]Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park, CA
It’s amazing what a bit of greenery can hide. Most people, if asked where the most expensive office space in the country was, would have a hard time believing it was outside of New York City. They’d have an even harder time believing it when they were actually in Menlo Park, CA, looking at the nondescript... [Read more...]