"Young Religious ought to enter blogs and correct the opinions of the youth, showing them the true Jesus" - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for Rome

Thursday, November 8, 2007

To Niggle or Not To Niggle, That is the Question!

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Hello all! We have lots of news to share with you. Just in case you haven't checked out the website as of late, make sure you do. We had our Groundbreaking ceremony on October 30th...and what a blessed day it was! Bishop Olmsted, our faithful shepherd led us in asking Our Lord to bless the beginning of this holy endeavor. That He in His Power might see it to completion, and that all who work in its construction might be guided by His wisdom and protected from all moral and physical harm. Then with the Bishop and our architect, Terry Worcester to lead us, we walked the outline of the monastery and chapel while our friar, Br Bernadine chanted the Litany of the Saints. How happy we were to share with so many of our faithful friends this new beginning, and how encouraged we felt by Bishop Olmsted's exhortation as he spoke so beautifully about the contemplative life and it's necessity to the Diocese here in Phoenix, and the world over.

(as you see above, the new cloister tabernacle and public side tabernacle have arrived from Spain! We are re-packaging them back up in their crates, until the new Monastery is completed)

Okay everyone, here is your word for the week...niggle. It means to [1]criticize, constantly or repeatedly in a peevish or petty way. [2] [my personal favorite] to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details. The reason I am sharing with you this word is we have formed a book club amongst the five of us...'The Nigglings'. We dubbed our selves so, first for our tendancy to niggle(something we all excel at!!) and secondly in happy memory of 'The Inklings'. (informal literary club started in Oxford of which Tolkien and Lewis were members) We have many things in common among us, one thing being our universal love of books and literature. So, Srs. St Paul and Augustine were inspired to start our niggle club. The first work we have chosen to read together and discuss is Dante's Divine Comedy. We are working our way through the Inferno, we'll keep you posted on how things progress on our journey to Paradiso!! This is a wonderful way to grow in knowledge and 'get through' somewhat lengthy works that are hard to persevere with on one's own. What a great way to share amongst friends and loved ones, and keep alive these PHENOMENAL works. Our other future reads include Thomas More's 'Utopia', Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' and Walker Percy's original and imaginative 'Lost in the Cosmos'. We're open to suggestions from any of you bookworms out there.

Lastly, we appreciate everyone's concern with our former novice, Sr Jeanette Marie. After a period of prayer and reflection Mary has returned home to her family for further discernment.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Your faithfulness is inspiring and a real shot in the arm!!! Please know we remember you and your intentions before Our Eucharistic Lord.!!

Always united in the Heart of Jesus and Mary- Sr Mary Blogger


rosamundi said...

I remember you in my prayers every time I use the beautiful haematite rosary bracelet I bought from you.

Anonymous said...

I have a rosary coming...can't wait, I got the St. Joseph one. : )
Sometimes whe I see photos of your dream monastary, I wish I were rich or would get a lucky ticket for a gift and win money to give to you and other religous groups. I can only pray my small amount is added to many others. God Bless You sisters!

anish said...

its nice to read blogs from a monastry and know the devotional
daily life of nuns...very interesting and good work too...
God Bless.

Anonymous said...


I have wanted to be a nun since I was a little girl and seeing novices leave is rather discouraging to me. Does this happen very often?

Candice said...

Thanks for letting us know about Sister Jeanette Marie. I wish her God's blessing in whatever she decides to do -- and God bless you, too, Sisters!

accrualohio said...

I am sad to hear that Sister Jeanette Marie has left. I pray that the Lord will guide her as she continues to find her ministry. We all struggle with that call whether we are religious or laity. I for one was unable to answer the call to religious life and pray daily for vocations to the priesthood (I have a brother and a nephew that are priests but still pray for more!!) and to the religious life. I visited Assisi a few years ago and prayed at the resting places of Sts. Francis and Clare for your order and the Franciscans that taught me. I so enjoy this website and following Sr. Jeannette Marie's journey and the creation of your new monastary. I continue to pray for her and all of you. Blessed Thanksgiving

Anonymous said...

HEllo Sisters!

I just wanted to let you know you are all in my prayers!
Thank you so much for all you do.

Thanks for giving an up dait on your former novice,St Jeanette.
She is also in my prayers.

God bless always!

ps Congratulations on the new Monastery!


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sisters! I hope you have a year with even more to be thankful for. I am thankful for you and all the religious that help bring Jesus to us.

Deb R.

Mia said...

Dear Sisters,
First of all, thank you so much for venturing out into cyberspace and evangelizing via the blogging world. It is a tremendous encouragement to see real-live orthodox religious, even if it is only on a computer screen. My family and I will keep you and your work in our daily prayers.
Secondly, the tabernacles are simply stunning! Nothing is too good for Our King!
Thirdly, I love the name you have given to your book club! I just might read along with ya'll as soon as I can get a copy of "Inferno".
I would suggest (unless you have already read it) the "Ransom Trilogy" by C.S. Lewis'. Perelandra is my favorite out of the three books, but I'm only halfway through "That Hideous Strength" so my opinion on that may change.

I feel a little embarrassed at leaving such a long comment, but I was very excited when I found that you sisters had a blog - so at least I have a good excuse. ;)

Pax et bonum!

Anonymous said...

Sisters, I received my St. Joseph rosary yesterday..it was so beautiful and nicely made. Thank you, it came on a day I really needed it!
Deb R.

maryca said...

I miss seeing Sr Jeanette Marie in the pictres. I will contiue to pray for her. Also I pray for you ladis and wour new onastery. Also I pray for Mother Angelica. Mary