Check out Jamies formation – see blog roll. Jaimie has now been clothed as a novice and become Sr Veronica with a Franciscan order in Peoria. Her blog shows her looking radiant – literally, there is such a glow about her face – in chapel and with her superiors. She is now sharing more of her life and thoughts as a novice and as her busy schedule allows – she seems to have a hefty study programme. Please keep her in your prayers as she begins her canonical year – this is the ‘special’ one that we have to complete to be elligible for profession. Communities may add any amount of time onto it before profession but by canon law there has to be one complete year – with allowances for illness. I think it’s a relief for most of us to get through this one – it will be for me anyhow!, then relax a bit and just be. I have been having an interesting few days but will post about that later. pax sr marie therese osb.
A belated Happy Feast day to you all. I have just been too busy to post until today with all the extra singing practice. Peter really was great, he taught us so much and gave so much of himself, we are richer for it and give him thanks.
Fridays feast day was also a big day for Sr Mary Magdelen – it was the anniversary of her Clothing as a novice and the completion of her canonical year. Please keep her in your prayers as her journey here continues. We kept the day with a wonderful high Mass – lots of great music from Peter, then later had a festive recreation tea in the work room, but the day was very simple really.
In the last week our garden has burst out all over again. I have been on my hands and knees weeding the beetroot. Joan and i planted it some time ago and oh my!, what a mess we made of the lines. I keep finding beetroot way off the straight and narrow – the ‘line ‘is very haphazard and all over the place. I think i have missed a lot in my weeding. We planted yellow beetroot for the fist time, this is really very hardy and doing well despite the weeds. I got quite a surprise seeing what a garish yellow it is, It is the colour of a childs’ crayons and looks just as unrealistic – nature is so funny and great.
More beans are coming up, the tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them so last week i made a pasta bake using lots of our own soft, fresh tomatoes instead of some from a tin. I have never been able to do this before – too expensive – but here with such abundance I have to or they will go to waste. God has been very generous this year – and the sauce tasted great. We have been eating lots of fresh cabbage and lettuce and had the first potatoes on the Feast day – they haven’t done so well though. Blackcurrants are ripening fast.
It’s strange but I can really feel that the year has turned. After an early spring and summer it now feels that we are in Autumn already. Some of the leaves are beginning to fall, the evenings are getting cooler and the night is closing in earlier even though the Summer blossoms are still about. It is a transitional time somehow, almost like a juxta-position of the two seasons. Autumn will win this one though and take over – soon at this rate. Living in the countryside I am much more aware of the cycles of nature with its birth, youth, parenthood and adulthood, old age and finally death – from seed to blossom to withering and dying – and the way everthing is interconnected, everything has it’s place and its reason for being – including us – no one and nothing exists in isolation. The changing seasons re- inforce all this too, It is very powerful, deeply contemplative and pesonally leads me to see our Creator more clearly – i gaze on creation and find my gaze moves on and sometimes gets a glimpse beyond it, to the great mind and love we call God.
Oh, I’m off on one again so it’s time to leave you. peace and blessings in Christ, Sr Marie-Therese.
This week has been a musical one. We have had our friend Peter here playing the organ for us and teaching us some new mass settings and hymns and going over some old ones we have done with him. We have had a of singing practice which was a shock for our vocal cords but worth it to sing great things. It has been tiring but uplifting and prayerful and somehow changes the whole mood of Mass when we sing things like Ubi Caritas and similar.
Peter wanted Sr Mary Magdalen and I to sing the Regina Caeli at the offertory on Friday – the Assumption of Our Lady – so we had an extra practice every day. It was in parts – Sr took the Soprano part and I took the Alto part. I am not really musical and my voice is passable ( sometimes) so I did find it hard going, I’m not fond of standing out in the middle and ‘performing’ either – even for God so I was very nervous about it all – especially when I saw many more people at Mass on Friday than is usual for us. We, we did, Sr sang beautifully, I managed most of it but lost it in the middle and came back in a lttle later – personally I was very disappointed and will do my best not to do anything like it again. It’s times like this that bring home the vow of obedience that I am striving to live under. Out in the ‘world’ I would not have gone out to sing this at all but here I can’t just say ‘ no, I’m not doing it’, instead i get on and do it. I am sure I learn more from the obedience than from walking away but it is not easy.
That might sound a very small thing to some and some of you may be wondering what I am fussing about. Well, I think the ‘hard bits’ are different for each of us. What one finds easy another finds hard and vice versa, so this was big for me, but would be small for others. In the big scheme of things and in comparison to the challenges people are facing ‘outside’ it is nothing, however the small prickles do get together to make our own indiividual crosses and I think that Christ wants us to carry our own ( and sometimes others too) with love and self-giving rather than comparing them to others. Juat small thought from someone who is trying to live a very little way. Pax sr marie therese.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT LIFE IN A CONVENT IS LIKE?
are you discerning a religious vocation?
- Are you interested in Benedictine Spirituality?
- Are you a Roman Catholic woman?
- Are you free from Friday 5th September – Friday 12th September – all or part of this time?
- Are you willing to work a couple of hours each day, live by our time-table, come to Offices and Mass in exchange for free room and board?
If so, perhaps this could be for you – or someone you know
Contact us at – firstname.lastname@example.org
You will live in our guest wing and small cottage; eat in the parlour together; meet with sisters in the parlour and work in the enclosure - inside the convent or out in the garden.
You will get together with the novice mistress and novices for choir practice and discussions on the Rule.
There will be times of silent meditation and lectio divina - books will be available. You will join us in Chapel for Offices and Mass.
Every Thursday we have a day of Exposition with Benediction in the evening, keep a more profound silence and take more time for prayer, reading and just being in His presence.
There will be time for recreation and for walks nearby – the village and surrounding areas are lovely, there is a stately home within 2 miles.
In essence you will live our life as closely as our enclosure permits.
We hope it is a prayerful experience
and that you have FUN
So, if you are interested – COME AND SEE.
– other dates may be available if there is interest. Pax Sr Marie-Therese.
Friday 5th September – Friday 12th September
St Mary’s Abbey, Colwich
Benedictine, Enclosed Nuns.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested. I have to rush to a class now but will be back shortly with more details. Pax sr marie therese.
Sr Laurel contacted me and asked if she could link us to her site and if we would put a link on ours. I love her blog, it is so interesting and informative about the life of a hermit – she is a diocesan hermit and she writes about the whole process for her and about the meaning of the eremetical life. It is well worth a visit – see link or go to http://notesfromstillsong.blogspot.com . Pax, sr marie therese.
Well friends, i hope you will all pleased with and for me as I have had my first Chapter of Perseverance and come through it, so I can at least stay until the next one – in 6 months time. I can’t say it was pleasant and I was very nervous but it’s over for now and I am pleased to be allowed to continue, I have to take it that God wants me here at this time and just get on with things now. Thankyou for all your support and prayers, it made a big difference knowing you were out there.
This week has been very full and enjoyable as the beans ripened and we began to pick them. Recreations are being spent chatting whilst podding beans which go straight into bags and into the freezer as quick as possible to keep them at their best. The weeding situation is desperate, I manage to do half a row of beetroot but not much else and with the hot sunny days we have been having – too hot for me, i am a winter baby – the veg has needed watering.
Sr Teresa-Mary had her op and is home and recovering well but unable to sing in choir for a while or cook so some of us are being supply cooks until she is back. I cooked sausage casserole last Thursday- and didn’ poison anyone – with the first of the beans. It’s a bit of a tradition here for those who planted them to at least pick the first ones and hopefully get to cook them so I did. I think it’s a lovely tradition as I have now been through the whole process – from seed to stomach!!! and it has been great. Lots more to do this week, as one lot finishes the next will be starting.
Sadly our camera is playing up so no pics for you to see but i am trying to work things out. Basically somehow we have managed to change the screen on the camera so that it looks like an old fashioned cinemas screen – you know thick black lines top and bottom to give a long narrow screen. On this setting it doesn’t adjust to light and other functions don’t seem to work so although i have taken some pics they are too dark. Any suggestions would be great please. The instructions are just in images instead of words and i have no idea what they mean. It is a Samsung S630 which was a Christmas present to us. I am going to try to website when i get chance too. We have just changed our internet provider and the computers are taking time to ‘settle in’ so we are often off line.
Anyhow, that’s about it really, life potters on in it’s own monastic way. One of our turrents ( yes we have turrets like a castle, perhaps a touch of whimsy by the Peer who had it built ) is crumbling so the stone masons are in fixing it. There are peices of labelled turret in the garden and they are taking pics of it as it gets fixed and put up again, I think these are going onto our main web site though. It is fascinating to see. Wishing you all a peaceful and prayerful week, Sr Marie-Therese.