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A Right to Be Merry

A Glimpse Inside a Poor Clare Cloister

Author:
Mother Mary Francis, PCC
Length:
232 pages
Edition:
Paperback
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$12.95
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Can life really be “merry” inside a Poor Clare cloister? This happy book reveals the challenges, cares and joys of that cloistered life from an “insiders” view. The poet’s cry, “O world, I cannot hold you close enough!” is the heart’s cry of the enclosed contemplative.No one who has not lived in a cloister can fully understand just how intertwined are the lives of cloistered nuns. Their hearts may be wide as the universe and bottomless as eternity, but the practical details of their living are boxed up into the small area within the enclosure walls. Cloistered nuns rub souls as well as elbows all their lives, and if they do not step out of themselves to get a true perspective, they can become small- souled and petty and remain immature children all their lives long. But, as Mother Mary Francis points out, they also have “as great a right to be merry as any lady in the world.”Nor is merriment all. “Hidden away from the glare and noise of worldly living,” Mother Mary Francis writes, “we are enclosed in the womb of holy Church. I walk down the cloisters, and my heart moves to a single tune: Lord, it is good, so good to be here!”

 

 


Mother Benedict

Foundress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis

Author:
Antoinette Bosco
Length:
375 pages
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$19.95
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This is the inspiring story of Mother Benedict Duss and the famous Benedictine monastery she founded in Bethlehem, Connecticut, the Abbey of Regina Laudis, a large flourishing community of contemplative Benedictine nuns.The Abbey is home to many accomplished women from all walks of life and fields of study. Perhaps the most famous is former Hollywood film star, Dolores Hart, who shocked the film world when she left a successful movie career at the age of 25 to become a contemplative Benedictine.The heart of this book is the amazing story of Mother Benedict Duss, who was born in America but went to France and became a medical doctor in Paris, but left that profession to become a Benedictine contemplative. Through the liberating efforts from Hitler’s Nazi regime by Patton’s army in France, she felt an overwhelming interior call to return to America to found the first community of contemplative Benedictine nuns. At the young age of 35, with incredible faith, courage and the help of Popes, politicians, famous writers, and many others, she persevered in her call. Lavishly illustrated with photos.

 


 

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Vatican Document
Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere on Woman's Contemplative Life
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World Day of Cloistered Life - Pro Orantibus Day
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Free Audio Book
A Right to Be Merry By Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.
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