Monday, January 27, 2014

The thing with Catholic monasticism is

it just can't be killed.

The Emperors tried. The barbarians tried. The Calvinists tried. Napoleon tried. The anti-clericals tried. The Modernist heretics tried.

And they just keep coming back.

Almost like there's something non-terrestrial driving it.




Fr Paul of Niagara said...

Wow. I noticed liturgical hand embroidery, amongst other things. Do you know, dear Hilary, of any nuns doing hand-made liturgical lace?

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

I think that there is quite a bit of that kind of enterprise in monasteries around Italy.

I have discovered a wealth of monastic treasures still thriving in this country. There is a long-running series on Italian television of one-hour documentaries showing a day in the life of the cloistered monastries. There are dozens of them, and I think the plan is to make one for every house in the country.

I continue my investigations.