A Novice Master’s Prerogative: The Story of Blessed Bernard of Moraas, O.P.

Cartoon illustration of Dominican novice master Bl. Bernard of Morass

Today is a festive day for the Sisters in the Novitiate, as they celebrate the feast of St. Louis Bertrand, O.P., patron saint of Dominican novice masters and novice mistresses.  Each year sees a joyous celebration of his feast day in honor of our Novice Mistress here at Marbury. There are many wonderful stories of St. Louis Bertrand worthy of their own post.  The story below, however, features not St. Louis Bertand himself, but Blessed Bernard of Moraas, a forerunner of his in the history of holy Dominican novice masters. A Novice Master’s Prerogative: A Dominican Saint Story There is scarcely a more beautiful story in the Chronicles of the … Continue reading

Eucharistic Rosary

Image of Eucharistic Adoration

For October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary, we would like to share a method of praying a “Eucharistic Rosary,” taken from an old Blue Army book. (The Blue Army, now known as the World Apostolate of Fatima, was founded in answer to Our Lady of Fatima’s request to pray the Rosary, especially for the conversion of Russia.) As Dominican nuns devoted to the Perpetual Rosary, we are continually praying the Rosary before Our Eucharistic Lord exposed for Adoration.  The Perpetual Rosary Sisters tradition calls this “the adoring rosary.”  Our original 1800’s Custom Book says: We thus study all the mysteries of Jesus under the veil of the Host which … Continue reading

Rivendell, Alabama

Tolkien's illustration of Rivendell with little nun figures superimposed

For us who live here, it is always a wondrous revelation to realize what our monastery means to those still in the world. The little sister of one of our nuns wrote us the following testimony, which we quote with permission, when she was around twelve years old, after years of growing up visiting the monastery with her family: Marbury is like Rivendell. It’s “A perfect house (place), whether you like food or sleep or story telling or singing or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” – Bilbo I am glad Marbury is there and am praying for you even as you’re praying for … Continue reading

The Exultation of the Holy Cross

Photo: Dominican Nun venerates the Crucifix

The following reflection is from a letter by the cloistered Carmelite St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), written for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in 1939. The world is in flames.  The conflagration can also reach our house.  But high above all flames towers the cross.  They cannot consume it.  It is the path from earth to heaven.  It will lift one who embraces it in faith, love, and hope into the bosom of the Trinity. The world is in flames. Are you impelled to put them out? Look at the cross.  From the open heart gushes the blood of the Savior.  This extinguishes the … Continue reading

Vocation Letters: A Postulant’s Rosary

Vocation Letters cartoon of a postulant kneeling to receive her rosary and crucifix from the Mother Prioress

Our fictional postulant Sister Melanie writes home to her family in this continuation of our Vocation Letter series. Ave + Maria Dear Mom, Dad, Josh, Zach, and Tessa, Happy feast of the Holy Name of Mary!  How are you all?  I hope your new school year got off to a good start.  Sister Mary Magistra said I could write home today, and send you this picture from when I entered the monastery last month.  You can see Mother handing me the crucifix and side rosary as part of the official ceremony of beginning the postulancy.  The crucifix I wear on a cord around my neck; the large, black rosary swings … Continue reading