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VeniJesuAmorMi
Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever.

I am keeping you in prayer as you begin your preparations. I pray especially that you will keep His peace and not be disturbed. :cloud9:

I will be looking forward to seeing that new website! :)

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OnlySunshine
I hope that I have not taken attention away from Emma in this great time of hers. I want to make clear that I am, in no way, envious of your happiness (or anyone else who is entering or has entered). God's timing is not our own and I understand that there is a reason why He is asking me to wait longer to receive my answer. I have been growing in patience and trust these past four weeks. I know my time will come when He wills it. Emma, I am rejoicing for you! You have been a terrific, supportive friend since you first posted here and I know that your prayers will do much good in the cloister! :yahoo: ;)

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emmaberry
Wanted to post this, if some of you had not already seen it on the website, which as Barbara said, is very comprehensive!

[url="http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/Come%20let%20us%20cliimb%20the%20mountain%20of%20the%20Lord.wma"]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/Come%20let%20us%20cliimb%20the%20mountain%20of%20the%20Lord.wma[/url]


[indent=1.25][font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]The mountains proclaim the glory of God! Throughout the ages their beauty and majesty have lifted man's heart to God and called him upward to a place of sacred encounter. It was on the mountain called Horeb that the Lord spoke to Moses from the burning bush and to the prophet Elijah in a tiny, whispering sound. The Son of God Himself, when He walked our earth, sought the heights of the mountains to pray to His Father. Mount La Verna witnessed the divine encounter that left our seraphic Father St. Francis with wounds of love in hands and feet and side.[/color][/font][/indent]
[img]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/twofacesB.jpg[/img]
[indent=1][font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]We, too, are called to the heights. The whole of our blessed vocation is a summons from the Bridegroom, "Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord!" (Is. 2:3) Set forth on a journey that will last a lifetime, this Franciscan adventure of love! To go up the mountain, we must first leave the comforts of the valley, and fly from all that will keep us from the heights. Thus we give clear witness that man belongs entirely to God, and so keep green among the human family the desire for a heavenly home (cf. [i]Gaudium et Spes[/i], # 38). Our life says to the world, "There's something up there!"[/color][/font][/indent]
[indent=1.25][font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]We take the sturdy staff of obedience to guide us on the direct path to the summit, for there is no shorter way nor one which leads more directly to heaven than to renounce one's own will for God's love (cf. [i]Testament of St. Colette[/i]). The Lady, holy Poverty, lightens our journey. Like our sisters the larks, we entrust ourselves entirely to the providence of the heavenly Father, and know the joy and lightness of heart that spring from a genuine and effective poverty (cf. Constitutions of the Poor Clare Federation of Mary Immaculate in the United States of America).[/color][/font][/indent]
[indent=1.125][font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]The precious gift of God that is radiant chastity infuses into our hearts an unparalleled freedom to love. It binds us to Christ and also to our community with a unique and stable bond (ibid.). This sisterly charity helps us keep our footing in the narrow passes on rocky ways.[/color][/font][/indent]
[indent=1.125][font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]As we climb, our gaze encompasses the whole world, gathering the needs of the souls of men into the embrace of sacrificial love (ibid.). We set our journey to a song, the psalms and hymns that many travelers have sung before us as they made the ascent. The Virgin Mary illumines our way as Mother and guide, and every path she travels is made safe and joyful.[/color][/font][/indent]
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[img]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/tablea.jpg[/img][/center]
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[img]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/Twonuns.jpg[/img][/center]
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[font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]Everything on this mountain is worthy of wonder; but the greatest wonder is the wonder of Jesus, walking with us, present to us in the Holy Eucharist as companion on our journey.[/color][/font][/indent]
[indent=1.25][font="Times New Roman"][color="#0F0B52"]Our life of spousal love is this daily ascent toward the summit, that eternal wedding feast with the King. "Blessed are those called to the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev. 19:9). This is the ultimate beatitude. This is our hope and our whole desire.[/color][/font][/indent]


[indent=1.25]Dear Mother playing the Franciscan violin with Mother Vicaress:[/indent]

[indent=1.25][img]http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e280/emmajaneberry/mother.jpg[/img][/indent]
[img]file:///Users/ummitsemma/Pictures/iPhoto%20Library/Previews/2012/09/15/20120915-032707/IMG_1569.jpg[/img]

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nikita92
Emmaberry, did you know someone recorded your community singing? http://voxfeminaesacra.blogspot.com/2011/04/poor-clare-recordings-roswell-nm.html I haven't listen to this yet...Thought you might be interested in it! :saint2:

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emmaberry
[quote name='nikita92' timestamp='1347939798' post='2483583']
Emmaberry, did you know someone recorded your community singing? [url="http://voxfeminaesacra.blogspot.com/2011/04/poor-clare-recordings-roswell-nm.html"]http://voxfeminaesac...roswell-nm.html[/url] I haven't listen to this yet...Thought you might be interested in it! :saint2:
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Thank you for posting it here nikita! Yes I have this bookmarked-my favorite is Carol of the Drifting Snow. I think the nuns really enjoy their Christmas carols, because there is a Sister Gaudeta for the carol [i]Gaudete[/i]. It is wonderful to be able to listen to the recordings! I edited the blog recordings to sound better and gave my benefactors, along with A Right to Be Merry and other things from the nuns' gift shop, the recorded songs on a cd. I added Mother Angela's "Come Let Us Climb the Mountain of the Lord!" on at the end, as well as Mother Francis' Abbatial Blessing.

The new website offered 14 songs sung by the nuns. The quality was not fantastic, a lot like that of those recordings on the blog, but they were lovely to hear. I might include these on some of the CDs I give to benefactors.

I've been practicing singing like the nuns after my last visit. They sing beautifully, but almost flat in a way. I think this may be the way Gregorian chant and other chants are properly sung, because the Cistercian monks near my university sing like this as well. It makes it easier to sing songs that are challenging for me, like the Salve Regina.

The novice and I joke because we both 'stalked' the site. I shyly mentioned to Dear Mistress that there were recordings of them online on a blog (I don't think she knew what a blog was, but she didn't indulge her curiosity :saint:). The novice said, "You found those too!?" It was really nice meeting with the novice.. I felt like she was someone I would have been friends with outside in the world, just because we got along so well.. The poor thing's charge is the laundry, and so as an 'overflow' task she was supposed to measure me for the postulant garb. It was her first time, so I got the privilege of being her guinea pig. She did great, though, and there was a more experienced nun there to help her out. Edited by emmaberry

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emmaberry
Time is passing so quickly. :shocking: This coming week will be filled with family birthdays, then I go stay with the Dallas MCs in October, then I get my wisdom teeth out (:hmmm:), then I am visiting the nuns with my grandparents. A couple days later, my mom and I are heading to Roswell again for the novice's first vows-November 1st, the Mass is open to the public and it is at 8:30 am if anyone is in the area! Then I go stay with the MCs again, then it's the winter holidays....then JANUARY.

These next three months are going to fly by.. Time is passing so quickly, and it's only been a week since Mother told me I'll be entering. What will I be like in a month? :eek:


I am going to make this a PCC one-size-fits-all thread, since the PC threads on Phatmass are either archived or about one specific monastery, and I don't want to infringe on another Monastery's thread with random news about a different group of Poor Clares.

Chiara Francesco pointed me to some great interviews (2 hours worth!) of interviews by the Rockford Poor Clares here: [url="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B005O4PUEI?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Abbie%20Reese&index=digital-music&search-type=ss"]http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B005O4PUEI?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Abbie%20Reese&index=digital-music&search-type=ss[/url]

Also, I was on the Belleville PCCs site, which is lovely, and stumbled across this picture of their Monastery:
[img]http://www.poorclares-belleville.info/Who%20We%20Are/index.2.jpg[/img]

and laughed when I did, because it was just after reading the 'Mother Mary Francis' section of the Roswell PCCs site, where this is posted:
[url="http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/MMF-Symbol.jpg"][img]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/MMF-Symbol.jpg[/img][/url]
[b][font="Times New Roman"][size="4"][color="#782750"][i]F[/i][/color][/size][/font][i][font="Times New Roman"][size="4"][color="#782750"]ront of Mother Mary Francis' remembrance card. Mother's identifying mark in religious life, the world surmounted by the Cross, was highlighted in this silk-screened design.[/color][/size][/font][/i][/b]


I found it so funny that, when the Belleville PCCs were founded out of Roswell, they took Mother Francis' 'mark' of the Cross on the globe as the design for their Monastery! Who knew whether that was Mother's idea or the founding group of Sisters though. :hehe:

Also, the Belleville site has a really nice description of their horarium ([url="http://www.poorclares-belleville.info/Praise/index.htm"]http://www.poorclares-belleville.info/Praise/index.htm[/url]), with cute illustrations. I especially like the Scripture references they give for the hours of the day.

This reminded me a lot of the Whitesville Passionists' adorable illustration of the horarium which they have here: [url="http://www.passionistnuns.org/blog/2011/04/14/a-cartoon-of-our-monastic-horarium/"]http://www.passionistnuns.org/blog/2011/04/14/a-cartoon-of-our-monastic-horarium/[/url]
[img]http://www.passionistnuns.org/blog/wp-content/themes/fallseason/images/horariumBlog.jpg[/img]

I will post more reflections (more like trifles!) here. :) Edited by emmaberry

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emmaberry
Aw, FP, whose going to be on VS at crazy hours of the night with you? :P

Oh, man, when we see each other in Heaven, it will be like a tiny re-enactment of Saint Francis meeting Saint Clare... except it will be ordinary old us of course.... Although in Heaven we will be 'Saints' in the truest sense of the word, so I guess it will be like the two Saints meeting! Maybe they'll even introduce us. ;)


EDIT: I forgot this in my previous post, but I made a youtube video with Mother's "Come, Let Us Climb the Mountain of the Lord!" with many rare/unseen pictures that will be on the website. One of the things Mother asked me to do once she told me I'd be entering was to tell people about the Poor Clares, especially their Monastery. She also gave me some literature to put into various adoration chapels and give to potential discerners, one of which is the fantastic [i]The Meaning of Vocation[/i] by Pope John Paul the Great along with Mother Francis' [i]Come Alive. [/i]

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COo4icdlHK4[/media]

EDIT #2: The Los Altos Clares here: [url="http://poorclares.wordpress.com/the-poor-clare-vocation/"]http://poorclares.wo...clare-vocation/[/url] have some really lovely drawings that were done by the Roswell PCCs but are not on their website. They are in the booklet [i]Walls Around the World [/i]by the Roswell PCCs, which includes tidbits from conferences on enclosure by Mother Mary Francis. Here is the cover and some of the drawings:

[img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/walls-around-the-world.jpg?w=194&h=300[/img]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/to-live-uniquely-for-christ.jpg?w=205&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/to-live-uniquely-for-christ.jpg?w=205&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/to-live-uniquely-for-christ.jpg?w=205&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/god-is-enough.jpg?w=182&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/too-small-a-world.jpg?w=202&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/urged-on-by-love.jpg?w=197&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/into-his-arms.jpg?w=176&h=300[/img][/url]


[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/to-love-more-profoundly.jpg?w=189&h=300[/img][/url]

My favorites:
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/jesus-the-song-in-our-hearts.jpg?w=235&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/bridegroom-and-bride.jpg?w=210&h=300[/img][/url]

I love how each community's little drawings of themselves or their vocations are so reflective of the community! I have seen these kinds of drawings by the Cistercian nuns, the Benedictines of Mary, and the Whitesville Passionists as well (along with other PCs, of course.) Edited by emmaberry

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ChristinaTherese
[quote name='emmaberry' timestamp='1348379040' post='2485622']
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/to-live-uniquely-for-christ.jpg?w=205&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/god-is-enough.jpg?w=182&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/too-small-a-world.jpg?w=202&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/urged-on-by-love.jpg?w=197&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/into-his-arms.jpg?w=176&h=300[/img][/url]
[url="http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the-mystery-of-mary.jpg?w=172&h=300"][img]http://poorclares.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/bridegroom-and-bride.jpg?w=210&h=300[/img][/url]
[/quote]

I love those drawings. Especially the top one, because it makes me think of the bell tolling and saying over and over again, "God is enough[, let us come and worship Him]." (The bracketed portion only implied, not said.)

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PhuturePriest
[quote name='emmaberry' timestamp='1348379040' post='2485622']
Aw, FP, whose going to be on VS at crazy hours of the night with you? :P

Oh, man, when we see each other in Heaven, it will be like a tiny re-enactment of Saint Francis meeting Saint Clare... except it will be ordinary old us of course.... Although in Heaven we will be 'Saints' in the truest sense of the word, so I guess it will be like the two Saints meeting! Maybe they'll even introduce us. ;)
[/quote]

I know, right? I'll be all alone... :sad:

Saints of course, but not as cool. Well, at least I won't be as cool, anyway. I'll probably be known as the Saint who was a parish Priest that got kicked out of the diocese for asking the servers to wear cassocks and not robes, whereas you'll be the great Saint who led thousands to Heaven. ;)

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emmaberry
[quote name='Christina Thérèse' timestamp='1348419548' post='2485698']
I love those drawings. Especially the top one, because it makes me think of the bell tolling and saying over and over again, "God is enough[, let us come and worship Him]." (The bracketed portion only implied, not said.)
[/quote]

Christina Therese, this is beautiful! I have never thought of 'bellsong', as they call it, that way before. Obviously the Poor Clares (and [i]you[/i]!) have.

[quote name='FuturePriest387' timestamp='1348452282' post='2485837']
I know, right? I'll be all alone...

Saints of course, but not as cool. Well, at least I won't be as cool, anyway. I'll probably be known as the Saint who was a parish Priest that got kicked out of the diocese for asking the servers to wear cassocks and not robes, whereas you'll be the great Saint who led thousands to Heaven.
[/quote]

I am sure we will both have disaster stories following our entrances to Heaven. ;) :hehe:

You'll have the cassock-robe story to follow you, and I'll probably be the cloistered nun who broke the Great Silence the most!



So I spoke to Mother today and....


drumroll....


I am entering on January 13th, Our Lord's Baptism and Holy Mother Colette's date of birth! Yay! Edited by emmaberry

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Jennifer
[i]Lovely news.................you can now start your genuine countdown for your entrance on such an appropriate day. !![/i]

[i]God Bless !![/i]

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emmaberry
I typed out a ginormous post (because of pics) and it magically closed. :angry:

Here we go again:

This newsletter is darling: [url="http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/Annual%20Newsletter%2008-07.pdf"]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/Annual%20Newsletter%2008-07.pdf[/url]


2011 EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION PICS AND ARTICLES/BLOG ENTRIES:
[url="http://www.olgofm.org/2011-11-11_Padres_Trail_Extra_%202.pdf"]http://www.olgofm.org/2011-11-11_Padres_Trail_Extra_%202.pdf[/url]
[url="http://joenelsblog.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html"]http://joenelsblog.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html[/url] (scroll halfway down)

Pics:

[img]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hkyYqVyfqr4/UGAqclSNCoI/AAAAAAAAAMQ/RF6Wvz7PABA/s437/Screen%2520shot%25202012-09-24%2520at%25204.39.22%2520AM.png[/img]
[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TBxVXwfzJnc/UGAcEveoybI/AAAAAAAAALo/doimROMhGqk/s471/pcc.jpg[/img]
[img]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-uFMu6iVYmbU/UGASaPy3DEI/AAAAAAAAALM/RLtC-gVQ2FA/s547/pccs%2520pdf.jpg[/img]
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Rly_XhVK1FA/TLe0h1CaSrI/AAAAAAAAAPI/N1uGt4DUhIs/s1600/DSC02273+Sisters+at+Mosoleum.JPG[/img]
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Rly_XhVK1FA/TLe05tPYOoI/AAAAAAAAAPQ/TR0IfqARhbs/s1600/DSC02280+Blessing+in+conventyard.JPG[/img]
[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Rly_XhVK1FA/TLe1j8l4hqI/AAAAAAAAAPY/aCqP8NwOpTU/s1600/DSC02290+Sisters+have+a+new+dog,+a+stray,+Juniper.JPG[/img]

:love: the dog!



THIS NUN IS THIS NUN-WHO KNEW?:
[img]http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2012/0325/images/poorclares02.jpg[/img][img]http://www.poorclaresroswell.com/PCC1.jpg[/img]

The above first picture is accompanied by a lovely article: [url="http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2012/0325/8.aspx"]http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2012/0325/8.aspx[/url]



WOW, JOURNALISM HAS REALLY GONE DOWNHILL FROM THEN: (and they interviewed Mother back when she was 'Sister Angela'): [url="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1870&dat=19791223&id=iVEfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C9IEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3118,3727738"]http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1870&dat=19791223&id=iVEfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C9IEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3118,3727738[/url]

Interesting picture:

[img]https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OszSx1EpvAk/UGAj-Ha1_dI/AAAAAAAAAL8/53P25mWNqK8/s679/Screen%2520shot%25202012-09-24%2520at%25204.11.35%2520AM.png[/img]



THIS LESBIAN PASTOR WROTE MOTHER FRANCIS AFTER READING A RIGHT TO BE MERRY REQUESTING A PEN PAL AND, LO AND BEHOLD, HER PEN PAL WAS MOTHER, OR AT THE TIME 'SISTER ANGELA.': (Sorry for the caps!)


[b] [url="http://ceciliainthecloset.blogspot.com/2010/04/reading-right-to-be-merry.html"]Reading "A Right to Be Merry"[/url][/b]
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In 1948 (the same year my parents were first, refused, and subsequently, permitted to be married in the church) the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, sent out an urgent call to the Chicago monastery of Poor Clares. Clare of Assisi founded what were then called the Poor Ladies, with the help of her friend Francis, back in the 13th century, part of a great church renewal. They are an order of cloistered, contemplative nuns. That means that, once they take their vows, it is their firm intention never to leave their monastery again, but to live their whole lives there, lives of service to the world through their self-offering of prayer, work and contemplation. In 1948, apparently, the Archbishop felt that Roswell, New Mexico urgently needed the presence of such a group of women. And so nine Poor Clares, who had all thought they would live and die within the Chicago enclosure, boarded a train for Roswell, to meet their Mother Abbess and Novice Mistress (who had preceded them by several months) to found a new monastery there. This is the book I am reading, at thirteen.[/color][size=4]

I am absolutely gripped by this story. (And I didn’t even know the parts about the spaceship and the aliens, which only came together for me in the late nineties when I started catching up on “The X-Files.” Sister Mary Francis maintains a judicious silence about all that.) What was it that so enthralled me about this book? Was it the romance of the cloister—living as a bride of Christ? (Oh yes, at least partially.) Was it the promise of life close to the earth, reading about the nuns growing and canning all their own vegetables (no small feat in the desert climate of New Mexico)? Or was it this: The book is called “A Right to be Merry.” That title comes from a quote of someone referring to the anchoress Margery Kempe, who also lived a cloistered life: “These poor ladies have as great a right to be merry as any in the world!” [*Those of you who have read the sermon, [url="http://magdalenesmusings.blogspot.com/2010/04/in-1948-roman-catholic-archbishop-of.html"]here[/url], know that I incorrectly attributed the quote, there, to Saint Francis. I had conflated the quotes and the fact that the Franciscan rule of silence permits laughter. In other words, I, evidently, made it up.]

Whatever it was, this book was so influential for me that I found myself, at a certain point, writing to the monastery in Roswell to ask whether I might have a pen pal from among its inhabitants. My letter was answered by Mother Mary Francis, herself the abbess. She said, yes. I could correspond for a time with a Postulant, Sister Mary Angela. Sister Mary Angela could write me exactly four letters per year. They also put me on the monastery newsletter mailing list. I was in heaven.

I remember the letters I wrote as being rather passionate and florid. I was on fire to be a Poor Clare. I could not wait. All this fervor had erotic overtones for me, I feel sure—as does religious fervor generally. Passion has a single source, and we experience every kind of passion in our bodies. I would probably cringe to read the letters now. Sister Mary Angela’s letters were, by contrast, kind, measured, chattily informative. Not passionate though.

Eventually the day came when Sister Mary Angela was to be invested as a novice and take her first vows. I wrote to Mother Mary Francis, inquiring what would be an appropriate gift. Poor Clares take a vow of poverty. According to the rule of Saint Clare, “The sisters shall not appropriate anything to themselves, neither a house nor a place nor anything, (but be) as strangers and pilgrims in this world.” So the question of an appropriate gift weighed on me: it wasn’t as if one could send a tchatchke or trinket or piece of jewelry. Mother Mary Francis wrote back: “Eighteen yards of unbleached muslin would be nice.” My long-suffering mother (no doubt reminding herself that she had promised to raise this girl Catholic) took me to an Atlantic City fabric store, where high on a shelf the clerk found a bolt of dusty but unbleached muslin. We bought it. I took it home and washed and dried and ironed it, then gift-wrapped and packaged it for the postal service to transport it from the East coast to Roswell.

On April 10 I was working on a sermon for “Holy Hilarity Sunday.” That phrase, “A right to be merry,” kept floating in and out of my mind. I thought, by now they surely have a website—and of course they do. They have a new abbess, too, Mother Mary Angela—unless I am mistaken, my old pen pal. As I scanned through the pages—detailing much of the monastery’s history—I found a page dedicated to Mother Mary Francis, whose book so affected me. It gave her dates—she was born in 1921 (my mother was born in 1920). She died on February 11, 2006, the day on which my mother died.

This odd little coincidence has been on my mind and heart ever since I learned of it. And I know why—I knew why a shiver went up my spine when I first saw that date. Mother Mary Francis was a spiritual mother to me, in ways my mother was unable to be. My mother did what a good parent should do. Teach your children all you can, and when you find there’s some area in which you are unable to teach, find someone else who is able. My mother struggled with her faith her whole life—she looked at me with a kind of awe, because she believed I had a “hotline” to God. This makes me so sad. I do not have a hotline. I am no mystic. My prayer discipline is spotty at best, though it fills me and nurtures me when I bother to take it seriously. I probably should have been clearer with my mother about how lacking my own spiritual disciplines were, about my own experiences of the deafening silence of God, and of my own very real doubts and questions. But I wasn’t. I let her think I was spiritually genius, partially, because it gave her such pleasure to think it. But also because I so very much wanted her to love and approve of me. (Which she did. She loved me.)

It is my intention to spend some time with my two mothers, with J., who loved and raised me, and found resources for me when she experienced herself as lacking them; and with Mother Mary Francis, as truly my spiritual mother as if I had entered the monastery for a time at age 13. I have purchased another copy of “A Right to Be Merry” (though I suspect there is one hanging around in my attic, I wanted to read the preface written when it was reprinted in 2000). I will be recording privately my thoughts and impressions and associations as I read, as I re-enter this sacred space of nearly forty years ago.[/size]


Oh, I also set up a blog. It has nothing on it, yet, so don't rush over there all at once. :|
[url="http://entitledtopoverty.blogspot.com/"]http://entitledtopoverty.blogspot.com/[/url]

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Julie de Sales
I have a question regarding the Rule of St Clare: it’s very difficult to observe it and I noticed that some of the prescriptions are not respected nowadays. For example, fasting at all times, not using feather pillows, speaking at the parlor only in the presence and hearing of two sisters, etc. etc. So, how can somebody profess that she will observe the Rule of St Clare if in practice you can observe like 50% of what is written there? I know that things have changed in 800 years, but I would prefer to enter in an order where you can really do what the Rule says. Or maybe there are some monasteries that keep all the prescriptions?

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[quote name='Julie de Sales' timestamp='1348495395' post='2485970']
I have a question regarding the Rule of St Clare: it’s very difficult to observe it and I noticed that some of the prescriptions are not respected nowadays. For example, fasting at all times, not using feather pillows, speaking at the parlor only in the presence and hearing of two sisters, etc. etc. So, how can somebody profess that she will observe the Rule of St Clare if in practice you can observe like 50% of what is written there? I know that things have changed in 800 years, but I would prefer to enter in an order where you can really do what the Rule says. Or maybe there are some monasteries that keep all the prescriptions?
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The Franciscan Sisters Minor are the only Poor Clare Community in the world that follows the original Rule of Saint Claire and everything it says to do.

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Totally Franciscan
Emmaberry, I thank you so much for the beautiful post above about Mother Mary Francis. How I miss her. I never knew her, of course, but I feel as though I have known her through her writings, her photos, and personal emails to me from someone who knew her. The photo above with a final profession nun is my favorite. One can see so much in Mother's face at that moment. What a blessing it is to see her final resting place. What a blessing that you will live there where she lived and to have her close to you as you live your Poor Clare life. I am so full of joy that you have received your entrance date. Please say a prayer for me and for all of us here at Phatmass when you first go to Mother's final resting place that Mother will look down on all of us and intercede to her Spouse for all our intentions. I will be praying for you. God bless.

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[quote name='Julie de Sales' timestamp='1348495395' post='2485970']
I have a question regarding the Rule of St Clare: it’s very difficult to observe it and I noticed that some of the prescriptions are not respected nowadays. For example, fasting at all times, not using feather pillows, speaking at the parlor only in the presence and hearing of two sisters, etc. etc. So, how can somebody profess that she will observe the Rule of St Clare if in practice you can observe like 50% of what is written there? I know that things have changed in 800 years, but I would prefer to enter in an order where you can really do what the Rule says. Or maybe there are some monasteries that keep all the prescriptions?
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I cannot speak for non-Colettine Poor Clares (I'm not really licensed to speak on any of them actually!), but the Colettines do perpetually fast, don't use feather pillows, sleep on straw mattresses, rise at midnight, I believe they speak at the parlor in the presence of other sisters, perhaps with one listening outside the door. I have only spoken with Mother Abbess alone before. One thing to remember about the rule of Saint Clare, is that most of the penances (the Franciscan Order [i]is[/i] the Order of Penance) are to be waived by the Abbess for the weak and young. So a postulant who cannot handle the fast is to be given something extra to eat, along with the elderly or the sickly. This goes for the sleep deprivation, straw mattress, and bare feet as well. So the weak can be permitted a lie-in, a soft bed, or shoes inside.

Last note, this is why I was very firm on joining Clares of the Colettine reform or, as they like to call it, of St Colette's 'reversion', since St Colette did not reform the Order but restored its primitive rigorous observance. St Colette knew that Poor Clares were taking the very brief and simple rule and using those aspects of it as an excuse to not be rigorous in their observance, so she wrote up Constitutions for her nuns that expand upon the principles St Clare laid down in the Holy Rule. These constitutions give very good insight into what it means to follow Saint Clare in modern times, even though they were written hundreds of years ago!

You may be thinking of some Poor Clares who do not follow many of the prescripts in the Rule, so they are more lax in their discipline of following the Rule? Also, I need to note that there are OSC (Poor Clares of the Primitive Observance)

I appreciate your honest question, but could you please be more specific about what in the Holy Rule is impossible to follow today? Certain aspects are no longer applicable, but this happens with any of the rules. I would think this would happen the least in St Clare and St Francis' Holy Rules, since they are so brief compared to, say, the Rule of Saint Benedict, which is very detailed-although as the Father of Western Monasticism, he has that license. :P

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