Chapel Dedication

On Sunday, October 11, 1931 Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel was solemnly dedicated by Bishop Thomas Joseph Toolen of Mobile. Last Sunday we celebrated the 89th anniversary of this dedication as a solemn feast. For eighty-nine years this Gothic edifice has stood tall at the center of Sacred Heart Monastery both…

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Sister Florence praying the rosary

Praying the Rosary

Each year on the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, I recall my childhood days in which praying the rosary was part of my everyday prayer practice. I can remember the beautiful white pearl rosary my grandmother sent me for my First Communion Day and always…

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Sisters assembled in choir stalls for prayers

Daily Song

As Benedictines we gather morning and evening for the Liturgy of the Hours to chant the beautifully poetic Psalms of David. As the bell rings and invites us to come into God’s holy presence, we stop all work we are doing, whether finished or not, to come together “to sing…

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Statue of St. Benedict

Therapy and Grace

For the past 5 weeks, I’ve been wearing a long, rigid brace to protect and immobilize a fractured wrist to enable it to heal. Yesterday, I started therapy to eventually recover full strength and use of my fingers, hand and wrist. It’s going to take many weeks before I can…

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Morning in the monastery

First, clock alarms, morning silence, the scent of coffee, radiant heat… Then, a descent down familiar stairs, quiet steps through a silent hallway, a half-turn of a sturdy brass doorknob, and I slip into the chapel to join the gathered community. The organ sounds a D minor chord and we…

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