Welcome to our Sacred Stones, Sacred Stories blog site. Through it we hope to post updates on our monastery renovation project so you can follow its progress from beginning to end.
Thu 5 Dec, 2013
Tags: Arizona Repertory Singers, Benedictine Sisters, Concert, Tucson
We are please to host the amazing Arizona Repertory Singers in concert again this year at our monastery in Tucson, Ariz.!
The group will perform three concerts in the chapel of our Benedictine Monastery: Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
According to the ARS website: “We will inaugurate our 30th anniversary season with performances of J. S. Bach’s Magnificat in D major and Respighi’s distinctive yet seldom-heard work, Laud to the Nativity. Both compositions capture the essence of their respective eras: Bach’s Magnificat is noted for its “Festive” five-part scoring for mixed voices and orchestra, and is a stylistic masterpiece of the Baroque era (1600-1750). Respighi’s pastoral cantata, Laud to the Nativity, has simplistic charm and utilizes his unique orchestral color and subtle harmonic nuance characteristic of early 20th century Italian music.”
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online. Tickets will also be sold at the door prior to the performance, but due to limited seating, the group suggests purchasing tickets in advance.
Mon 2 Dec, 2013
Tags: BSPA, Clyde, Jefferson City Carmelites
It took several months and a lot of conversations, visits and detachment but the Carmelite Nuns of Jefferson City have arrived at their new home in Clyde, MO with the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
We ask God’s blessings on this advent of a new way of doing things for the glory of His name.
Sun 1 Dec, 2013
“Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come…you must be prepared…” (Mt 24: 42-44)
These are words out of Jesus’ mouth. It takes time to listen deeply and prepare space within your heart for the Lord’s coming? Now is that time. Advent is the time to ready ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child. Blessings to one and all during this holy season of expectation.
Sat 30 Nov, 2013
Tags: BSPA, Clyde, good news, St. Andrew
“How lovely are the feet of those who bring good news,” says St. Paul in his letter to the Romans. He is echoing the prophecy of Isaiah. How beautiful the soul of one who believes. May our lives echo the good news of our salvation.
Thu 28 Nov, 2013
Tags: God, peace, praise, Sirach 50, Thanksgiving, Tucson
And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to his will.
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward you endure. (Sirach 50: 22 -24)
Wed 27 Nov, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Free Shipping, Handcrafted, Lotion, Shopping, Sister Cathleen Marie, Soap, Thanksgiving
Wishing each of you a most blessed and joyous Thanksgiving. We hope it is a time spent enjoying your family and friends complete with delicious Thanksgiving fare!
Monastery Scents will offer a special sale starting tomorrow on Thanksgiving. So in between the visiting and the conversations that will ensue….meander over to your computer and give us a look-see.
Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, Monastery Scents is offering free shipping on all orders of $35 or more. No special codes are needed to take advantage of this offer. This offer is only good Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, so mark your calendars!
PLEASE NOTICE: Your order may show a shipping charge but for those those qualified orders of $35 or more of product….Sister Cathleen Marie will delete your shipping when she processes your order!
Two convenient ways to order: online: www.monasteryscents.com or by phone: (877) 672-7627.
Your patronage helps to support our ministry of prayer and we appreciate your businesss. Remembering you in our thoughts and prayers,
The Soap Sister!
Mon 25 Nov, 2013
Tags: Ascension Marketplace, Benedictine Sisters, Church of the Ascension, Handcrafted, lip balm, Lotion, Monastery Scents, Prayer, Sister Cathleen Marie, Sister Lynn Marie, Sister Nancy Rose, Soap
It has become a holiday tradition, one that Sister Cathleen Marie Timberlake, OSB and others look forward to with anticipation each year.
The Ascension Marketplace, a holiday shopping experience sponsored by Church of the Ascension Catholic Church in Overland Park, Kan., attracts shoppers excited about the products brought by 100 vendors.
Sister Cathleen Marie, along with Sister Lynn Marie D’Souza, OSB and Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB, sold a variety of handcrafted lotions, soaps and other monastic-made items at their booth.
“The fragrance of soaps always makes Sister Cathleen Marie’s booth one of the best-smelling ones in the place,” Sister Lynn Marie remarked. “The aroma and Sisters’ cheerful smiles draw a crowd, but the high quality of the soaps and other products is what brings them back year after year.”
According to Sister Cathleen Marie, this year’s event was exceedingly exceptional and doubled last year’s sales.
“Aside from the financial boost this event brings to our community, there is the added benefit of connecting with lovely friends we’ve made throughout the years and helping to acquaint new friends with our ministry of prayer,” Sister Lynn Marie said.
Did you miss the Ascension Marketplace? You can find all Sister Cathleen Marie’s products right here: Monastery Scents. The lip balm is a real crowd favorite!
Sun 24 Nov, 2013
From the Preface of the today’s Mass:
‘For you anointed your only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness, as eternal Priest and King of all creation, so that … he might present to your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.’
Blessings to all near and far. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Fri 22 Nov, 2013
Tags: angel, Clyde, Martyr, Rome, St. Cecilia
Today we remember St. Cecilia, a martyr of the church. Within the city of Rome a virgin named Cecilia, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, and fasted, and invoked the saints and angels and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, “I will tell you a secret if you swear not to reveal it to anyone.” When he swore as she wanted, she added, “There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me.” He said, “Dearest, if this be true, show me the angel.” “That can only be if you will believe in one God, and be baptized.”
Valerian traveled to Rome to be baptized b y Pope Urban, and upon arriving home he saw Cecilia praying in her chamber, and next to her was an angel with flaming wings, holding two crowns of roses and lilies, which were placed on their heads. Then the angel vanished.
After Valerian’s brother was baptized the two took up the task of burying the Christian martyrs. When they refused to renounce their faith they too were put to the sword.
Soon after Cecilia was arrested, and condemned to be suffocated in the baths. She was shut in for a night and a day, and the fires were heaped up, and made to glow and roar their utmost, but Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. When this was heard an executioner was commanded to cut off her head in the bath. The man struck three times without being able to sever the head from the trunk. He left her bleeding, and she lived on for three days. Crowds came to her and she preached to them or prayed. At the end of that period she died, and was buried by Pope Urban and his deacons.