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Prayer Request: Entrance into Carmel

Please pray for D., a young woman I met recently who is entering this monastery of Discalced Carmelites today. And pray for the Sisters – today they’re also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of their monastery!

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Poor Clares of Lerma Form New Religious Order

About a month ago, I stumbled across this video of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap. (Preacher to the Papal Household and author of the fantastic book Virginity: A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom) visiting a vibrant group of young Poor Clares at a convent in Spain. Because the clearest versions of this video are the originals in Italian and Spanish, the one I’ve posted below is not subtitled. (If you really want English subtitles, you can go here – but I have a feeling you’ll agree they aren’t really necessary!)

Beautiful, right? Since that video was posted in 2009, when there were already a whopping 140 sisters in the convent at Lerma, the number of sisters in this community has climbed to almost 200! And that’s not all. Last Saturday, the “Clarisas” of Lerma officially became a new religious order.

Nearly 200 young nuns processed from their cloister to the cathedral of Burgos on Saturday [February 12, 2011] for the official establishment of their new institute of consecrated life.

Sister Verónica María Berzosa Martínez, formerly the abbess of the group, is now also their founder.

Sister Berzosa, 46, joined the Poor Clares when she was 18. She felt called along with the sisters of her community to establish this new charism, which has now been recognized by the Church as an institute of consecrated life.

Read the entire article on Zenit.org.

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A Poor Clare’s Solemn Profession

Since the video in my last post has been removed from YouTube (and I swear it was there just two days ago!), I found another, equally awesome glimpse of cloistered life to share with all of you.

Beautiful, isn’t it? I love how it’s executed with such simplicity. St. Clare would probably be pleased!

(HT: The Anchoress)

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