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Chiquitunga
A site on the Carthusians that is very informative: [url="http://www.angelfire.com/planet/morimond/charterhouse/home.html"]http://www.angelfire.com/planet/morimond/c...house/home.html[/url]

However it says that the nuns have 2 recreation a day. I'm not sure this is true. It also said that their vows are not solemn, but considered simple by the Church.

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puellapaschalis
Apparantly they also have a house near Maastricht. I went to see [i]Die grosse Stille[/i] today, bumped into a diocesan hermit who told me. I've been trying to do some smart googling for information but haven't had any luck so far.

Love and prayers,

PP

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Chiquitunga
Thanks for the information puellapaschalis! It's great this forum is so international!

From the Carthusian site:

"A Communion

Solitary life, whether in cell or in the obedience, protects and nourishes in our hearts the fire of divine love. This love unites us as the members of the same body.

This is a permanent reality; but we express it more visibly on Sundays and Solemnities, when gatherings are more frequent: the offices of Terce, Sext, and None are sung in church; we have a meal together in our refectory after Sext.

In addition, we come together for a colloquium. This latter is a friendly meeting in which, beginning with a text of Scripture, we have rather deep exchanges and we try to incorporate the fruit of these discussions into our lives.

Once a week we have another sisterly exchange in the form of a walk called ‘spatiamentum’ lasting about three hours, during the course of which each one is able to talk in turn with the others. Through these walks, souls are knitted together, the interior life flourishes, mutual affection is bolstered, and life in solitude is fortified."

I think probably the nuns do not have recreation twice a day as it said on the other site. It sounds like it is only Saturday/Sunday, like the Sisters of Bethlehem. Edited by Margaret Clare

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Chiquitunga
I just found the other day a beautiful [url="http://catholicmemories.blogspot.com/2006/10/sisters-of-bethlehem.html"]Catholic blog by a mother[/url], and she has an article about the trip to France/Switzerland of her two daughers with some of their family this last October. They visited the Sisters of Bethlehem there and have a beautiful little story and 2 lovely pictures. This sister I met and love very much, Sr. Marie D'Aire.

When I was speaking with her, I told her I liked the little Rosary/Jesus-prayer rope she had around her hand, like the one in the second picture (click for a bigger picture), and she immediately gave me hers!

These are such beautiful pictures! I hope this girl joins the order, if it is God's will. What a beautiful story! Edited by Margaret Clare

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Chiquitunga
Here's a site on them from the University of Dayton - [url="http://campus.udayton.edu/mary//gallery/exhibits/dolomite.html"]Art Gallery Exhibit[/url] Edited by Margaret Clare

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Chiquitunga
Here are some examples of their artwork. Here is a little Ivory piece.
[img]http://www.creatormundi.com/images/beth1714_b.jpg[/img] Edited by Margaret Clare

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Chiquitunga
Cross of Compassion
[img]http://www.creatormundi.com/images/beth1355_b.jpg[/img]

One of my favorites, Our Lady of the Annunciation:

[img]http://www.creatormundi.com/images/beth4001461_b.jpg[/img] Edited by Margaret Clare

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Chiquitunga
[quote name='philosobrat' post='1115806' date='Nov 9 2006, 01:08 AM']
I've visited the Community of Bethlehem in NY... I have a small baby Jesus the sisters made. It was like another world on that mountain! It was so AMAZING. I wish I could go back. :topsy:

It is hard to explain what it was like. I guess a little heaven. :saint:
[/quote]
Yeah, it is ...

Here they are at the monastery in Israel

[img]http://www.israelimages.com/medium/1018.jpg[/img] Edited by Margaret Clare

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Chiquitunga
Here is a sister painting pottery at the monastery in Irsael, with a picture of St. Bruno on the wall.[img]http://www.aiq.co.il/images/photos/42/NEZIRA2.jpg[/img]

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Chiquitunga
Les Montsvoirons - Monastère de Bethléem - the Motherhouse near Geneva
[img]http://www.balade3d.com/galerie/p83.jpg[/img]


Monastère Sainte Marie Reine des coeurs - Québec

[img]http://pasto-mission.iquebec.com/organismes/images/monastere-bethleem2.JPG[/img]


in Italy - many old monasteries were turned over to the Monastic Family of Bethlehem in Europe, including several Carthusian Monasteries - I'm not sure which order this one belonged to, but it looks pretty old.
[img]http://www.esicasmo.certosini.info/ESICASM/MONACI%20BETLEMME/MonMCorona2.jpg[/img]

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Chiquitunga
one in France - an old monastery ...
[img]http://www.tandemnetwork.com/volume_1/pages/autun/monis.jpg[/img]

[quote] From a traveler's site:

“At many religious buildings both in Europe and the US, it is not unusual to hear music as you approach, and it is usually a CD playing softly. As we came to the front door, we could hear some music playing....soft beautiful voices singing in perfect harmony. As we opened the door, what we saw caught us both so by surprise, that we froze in our steps, and our mouths just dropped. The sounds we were hearing were coming from the singing of about 50 nuns, lined up along both walls of the chapel, with their beautiful off-white flowing habits making them look like dolls lined up on toy stores shelves. Since their order, the Petites Soeurs de Bethlehem, takes vows of silence, they were separated from each other by narrow wood partitions. The beauty and sounds of the music were simply overwhelming. Nicholas and I just stood there motionless, not being sure whether we were allowed to be there or not. Out of respect I did not take pictures. We were so moved, that tears were rolling down both of our faces ... :sadder: ... :sign: ” [/quote]

And that's it for tonight, or this morning! I've had so much fun finding and posting all these pictures! À Dieu! Edited by Margaret Clare

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Jennifer
Thank you M.C.for sharing these lovely photographs and the Mother's Blog with us . It was a wonderful experience for those little girls and I am sure that they will treasure their gifts. God Bless.

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cathoholic_anonymous
It's good to see that these sisters have so many monasteries. I can understand why - their spirituality is beautiful and it deserves to flourish. If I didn't have Carmel written all over my heart, I could easily fall in love with their life. :love:

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