A Right to Be Merry



Can Life Really Be Merry Inside A Poor Clare Cloister This Happy Book Reveals The Challenges, Cares And Joys Of That Cloistered Life From An Insiders View The Poet S Cry, O World, I Cannot Hold You Close Enough Is The Heart S Cry Of The Enclosed Contemplative No One Who Has Not Lived In A Cloister Can Fully Understand Just How Intertwined Are The Lives Of Cloistered Nuns Their Hearts May Be Wide As The Universe And Bottomless As Eternity, But The Practical Details Of Their Living Are Boxed Up Into The Small Area Within The Enclosure Walls Cloistered Nuns Rub Souls As Well As Elbows All Their Lives, And If They Do Not Step Out Of Themselves To Get A True Perspective, They Can Become Small Souled And Petty And Remain Immature Children All Their Lives Long But, As Mother Mary Francis Points Out, They Also Have As Great A Right To Be Merry As Any Lady In The World Nor Is Merriment All Hidden Away From The Glare And Noise Of Worldly Living, Mother Mary Francis Writes, We Are Enclosed In The Womb Of Holy Church I Walk Down The Cloisters, And My Heart Moves To A Single Tune Lord, It Is Good, So Good To Be HereA Right to Be Merry

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[Epub] A Right to Be Merry By Mary Francis – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • A Right to Be Merry
  • Mary Francis
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 0898708249

10 thoughts on “A Right to Be Merry

  1. says:

    This book is a about a Colettine branch Poor Clare community in Roswell, New Mexico, starting from its beginning in November 1948 including the train ride experience and settling in the recently bought building It s a story of nuns, cloistered but not detached, showing their challenges, cares and joys, and informing us of what their life is really like The book starts with the prefaces from 1973 post Vatican changes and 2000 the author s return to a new Chicago monastery with other 5 nuns This book is a about a Colettine branch Poor Clare community in Roswell, New Mexico, starting from its beginning in November 1948 including the train ride experience and settling in the recently bought building It s a story of nuns, cloistered but not detached, showing their challenges, cares and joys, and informing us of what their life is really like The book starts with the prefaces from 1973 post Vatican changes and 2000 the author s return to a new Chicago monastery with other 5 nuns , which can be read as an epilogue And at the end is a glossary on some terms and names for some work positions.The book is quite easy to read as the author is quite good at using some humorous scenes to lighten up the story, and she s also good at bringing out the facts and the spirituality of all that goes on in the monastery There s quite a lot packed into this book.We start with a short history of St Clare and the forming of her order, then move to reasons for enclosure and what nun needs to thrive in this environment, mentally There s talk about their poverty, not as gloomy as one might think though they eat simply, sleep in their clothes and the feet will feel the cold in winter in their sandals We get to know all the embarrassments and joys of the postulants and the novices, the moods gone through doing the daily office, what they eat, how the bells are rang, how the clothes keep getting mended and dyed again and again Talk about the consecrated virginity, the postiviness of obedience, and the usefulness of their contemplativeness just like active orders , but different ways Friendship and patience, living the life following the way of Christ in the Gospels And what do they do all day besides praying, the daily office, the Mass Well things like cooking, gardening, typewriting, mending sewing, reading aloud to others, washing clothes dishes, writing plays and poems, cleaning the house, practicing music or a play for a certain time of year or a visit, work in the library, handle the incoming letters, etc etc etc I found the use of doors in the last chapter very fitting they open, they close, they lead to certain rooms with certain memories, they are in different stage of condition, of different decorations and materials They show to the author different stages in monastery life, as she passes by them at the end of the book, to celebrate the day before Christmas Eve So the book ends in a happy, glorious way, happy like the life in this monastery is

  2. says:

    I was assigned this book by my Book Boss It s the story of the Poor Clare sisters who set up a convent in New Mexico It follows their daily life, their prayer, what living in community means, and is a lovely glimpse into the life of the sisters This is the first book I ve read about cloistered sisters, and it answered a lot of things I wondered about Mother Mary Francis is a great writer, she s funny and witty, warm and touching, and not afraid to speak the truth bluntly, but with love.I ve I was assigned this book by my Book Boss It s the story of the Poor Clare sisters who set up a convent in New Mexico It follows their daily life, their prayer, what living in community means, and is a lovely glimpse into the life of the sisters This is the first book I ve read about cloistered sisters, and it answered a lot of things I wondered about Mother Mary Francis is a great writer, she s funny and witty, warm and touching, and not afraid to speak the truth bluntly, but with love.I ve never particularly been drawn to St Francis or St Clare they were a little too hippy or nature y for me Well, I had them pegged all wrong I was glad to have my misconceptions shattered

  3. says:

    What a wonderful book sweet, honest, generous hearted, with plenty of spiritual insights and a couple of very funny anecdotes I wish I could give it six stars.

  4. says:

    Sister s book about helping to start a new Poor Clare monastery in Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940 s is utterly charming and exudes a sincere joy and unwavering love for her vocation, fellow sisters and a desire to share it with the whole world She so attractively describes the hidden life of cloistered religious sisters that you can t help but consider turning your back on your own But nothing about it is romanticized or exaggerated One of my biggest takeaways was her conviction that those w Sister s book about helping to start a new Poor Clare monastery in Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940 s is utterly charming and exudes a sincere joy and unwavering love for her vocation, fellow sisters and a desire to share it with the whole world She so attractively describes the hidden life of cloistered religious sisters that you can t help but consider turning your back on your own But nothing about it is romanticized or exaggerated One of my biggest takeaways was her conviction that those who find their way into a life of enclosure are not running from the world but are there precisely because they do love the world flowers, sleep, children, music, dance, painting, study, romance, all of it and love only GodSister is so practical but so sensitive and so smart and this book is like sitting down with a best friend or older sister after a first date and saying Now dish the details You will laugh and also likely be moved to tears For Catholics and non Catholics alike or anyone who has ever happened to wonder what would cause any sane, smart or beautiful young woman to give herself over to this kind of life

  5. says:

    I m not religious, but this book creates such a peaceful image I considered becoming a cloistered nun at times It s not a particularly exciting book, but her joy leaks through every page.

  6. says:

    A dear friend pressed me to read this, and I am so glad she did This glimpse inside the cloister is a great grace to lay people it strips away the rumors and fuzzy ideas about what they do all day and takes you to the very heart of the Church It s like a retreat, but without having to leave your living room Truly, if you ve ever wondered what contemplative life is all about, you need to read this book.

  7. says:

    This was a great book about cloistered life and becoming a nun Before I read this book, I wasn t really sure if someone could be happy inside a cloister Thinking about it was quite frankly, terrifying But this book showed me that one can indeed lead a joyful life as a nun, and that nun s may even be happy than people in the world.

  8. says:

    Mother Mary Francis love for writing poetry is evident in her beautiful prose She made me laugh multiple times while reading this book, but she also taught me so much about the cloister and about love of one s neighbor and humility Wonderful read, beautiful book Something to consider especially if you are discerning God s call in your life.

  9. says:

    A delightful little book to help all of our world dwellers understand a bit better the life of an enclosed contemplative It has a bit of the feeling of Merton s Seven Storey Mountain yet without the biographical aspect of the author It brings that same feeling of fascination for the hidden and beautiful life of the monastic person.

  10. says:

    Beautiful is an understatement What a precious look into the cloistered life of these Poor Clare nuns we have conversed with for many years How joyful, how simple Sweet humor makes you smile and wish to escape to their monastery Such a read

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