The Cloistered Heart? This lovely little spot on the internet is a wonderful place to learn how to carry a cloistered spirit within your heart while living an active life in the world. Her blog is complete with a parlor where comments are welcomed, a library with suggested reading, and quotes and prayers from patron saints.
I recently finished reading one of the books that I found listed in Nancy's Cloistered Library, A Right to be Merry by Mother Mary Frances, P.C.C. It was a delight from cover to cover! My eleven-year-old daughter Mary and I recently spent a pleasant evening reading a chapter out loud to one another and she commented that she thought the book was very interesting and enjoyable. I thought I detected a hint of a future religious in her remarks.
Mother Mary Frances, P.C.C. joyfully writing this book in 1956, shared the daily events that make up the cloistered life of a Poor Clare nun, and her writing style quickly engages and fascinates the reader.
"The evangelical joy of having so little to complicate our lives lends us all a marked ingenuity for converting sundry articles into highly unorthodox uses. Poor Clares can find a use for anything they are given, we always stoutly maintained; but we thought we had met our Waterloo when a devoted benefactor included a box of Blue Jay corn and bunion pads in her donation. Barefoot nuns are spared such trials as require corn and bunion pads for their surcease, but ingenious Sister Catherine seized upon the package avidly. The refectory chairs have tiny metal knobs on the bottoms of their legs, and those knobs make little black comments on the bare wood floor, to Sister Catherine's acute distress. After all, a refectorian likes her floor as free of hieroglyphics as the next one. So Sister captured the bunion pads and slapped them energetically onto the feet of the chairs. We could not afford to buy padded glides for the chairs, but they now glide beautifully on Blue Jay bunion pads.
There is a humor about life in general that comes from simple Gospel living. And once we really immerse ourselves in the Gospel, we catch overtones of our Lord's own humor hitherto unsuspected."