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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Nuns in Australia: Jamberoo Abbey

I was just watching World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney on EWTN. May God reward all the dedicated people who were present in Sydney for WYD, especially the Holy Father and others who came from distant parts of the world; I had the chance to visit Australia when I was eleven, and the change of weather and jet-lag really put a damper on my visit. It looks like the Holy Spirit had infused the Holy Father with stamina!

It's so inspiring to see so many young people on-fire with their faith, and I'm thoroughly convinced that the Catholic Church is alive and well in Australia!

As witnessed by the large turnout of religious men and women at WYD, there are many vibrant religious communities in Australia. After doing some research, the Benedictine Nuns of Jamberoo Abbey in New South Wales seem like an especially inspired community. This section of their website eloquently outlines the charism of contemplative nuns as part of the greater mission of the Body of Christ. Props to the sisters for also including this nice reflection on Sts. Benedict and Scholastica. The website also includes a tour of their abbey, which is a perfect example of how sacred architecture can be both modern and reverent.

If any of you know of other religious communities in Australia, let me know! To those who travelled to Sydney, have a safe trip home!

2 Comments:

Blogger ROWAN said...

That is the clearest explanation of the purpose of contemplation that I've ever read! Thanks for posting the link. (I found your blog via a google search for "In This House of Brede," BTW. :)

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Anonymous Antipodean lass said...

Pax

The Tyburn Nuns have a priory in Riverstone, NSW, Australia. Also, there are a good community of sisters in the spirit of St Dominic: Conventual Sisters of St Dominic. Both are full of good, holy, orthodox religious.

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