Desert Nuns
Leisure: The Basis of Culture

As a cloistered contemplative Nun, a question I frequently receive is, “What do you do?” This is closely followed by, “What? All you do is pray?” Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper explores the notion of “not everything is useless, which cannot be brought under the definition of the useful.” In our ‘workaday” world productivity... [Read more...]

The Father’s Tale

Before I entered the monastery I did not read much. I enjoyed reading bedtime stories to my nieces and nephews, I excitingly read restaurant menus and I longed for the Sunday comics to be delivered, but that was the extent of it. What, a cloistered nun who doesn’t like to read? Can it be? However, with the grace of God and the encouragement of my... [Read more...]

Fioretti by Andrea Tornielli

God always saves the best for us.  But He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises.” – Pope Francis, July 24, 2013 I know some people who are “One Book People” – they read only one book at a time and read it at a steady rate, say maybe 20 pages a day…NO MATTER WHAT! Steady, focused,... [Read more...]

Why Reading Reverie?

There are times when the very mention of spiritual reading makes one want to hide (cue Fergus): Just too much to do, not enough time in the day!  The excuses can grow at an alarming rate: “My eyes are tired”, “I’d rather relax and watch TV” (cue Fergus): Or, “I can’t find a good book”, “I’d... [Read more...]

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