Soliloquy in an International Cloister

Watch your step as Brother Lawrence takes you inside the monastery walls of a five hundred year-old international order. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you had ignored your hormones and joined the monastery.

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Location: Rome, Italy

17 October 2007

Legenda Fratrum, pars XIV

Visiting Down Under for the first time has provided me with new stories about the brothers. For example....

Brother H was saying mass at a sisters convent on the feast of Our Lady's Assumption. Being an experienced homilist, he knew that it was essential to get the audience's attention immediately so he began the homily by kissing the feet of the chapel's statue of the Virgin Mary. He then began to extol her virtues. The sisters turned to each other and smiled. After going on a bit, he stopped, returned to the statue, and kissed it on the shins. The sisters smiled, a little more nervously this time. The glances were more furtive. He went on some more. Then he kissed the statue's knees. The sisters shifted in their seats. Some tugged at their collars and bit their lower lips. More extolling. When he stopped talking and started back toward the statue, the sisters began fanning themselves with their prayer books.


Blogger Open Grove Claudia said...

Ok, I laughed out loud at that story. Poor sisters. Poor friar. So much tension. I do love these stories!

17 October, 2007 04:38  
Anonymous pog said...

Oh please let that be true. Puhleese.

17 October, 2007 16:29  
Anonymous moobs said...

Does that make Mary a yummy mummy?

07 November, 2007 04:09  

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