Like Sunday, Holy Days for us have a semi-retreat quality. The monastery is rather quiet except for our noon meal in the community when we T-A-L-K! The regular work times are spent praying, studying, writing letters, doing a craft or hobby, our favorite one being THE NAP! (This is especially welcomed by the Sisters who take night adoration.)
Today also gives us the opportunity to catch up on blog postings.
Right before St. Dominic's Day we had the third in our marathon summer lecture series. Fr. Benedict Vivano, OP, who teaches scripture at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, gave us a whirlwind tour through St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans as part of the Ongoing Theological Formation Program of the Association of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers. Quote: "The others are letters, this one is an epistle!"
Because Father is from the Midwest and taught in seminaries there, including teaching Lutherans, he gave us insights into passages of Romans which are, "Lutheran heaven" and why. He alerted us to passages that are often overlooked or are so poetic or "mystical" that the import of key passages are often overlooked (or translated badly from the Greek!)
Sr. Maria Veneranda and Sr. Mary Catharine enjoy being fed with Truth!
Sr. Mary Ellen Timothy does, also, but sometimes it's hard to stay awake!
Happy Feast Day, dear Sister Mary Ellen Timothy of the Assumption
Father's lectures were professionally taped by the Society of St. Paul, Alba House publications as part of their observance of the Year of St. Paul. Bro. Damien was a quiet presence in the back of our community room, earphones atop his head and laptop computer before him. We were assured that our questions and comments would be edited out!
Meet Sr. Cuniculus, our newest "postulant"! A recent sewing day led to some "essential" sewing! Due to Sister's special needs her veil is made so that her ears can come through! Cuniculus is Latin for rabbit.