Vocation in Black and White: Dominican Contemplative Nuns Tell How God Called Them

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"Within the Dominican Order, whose motto is Truth and whose mission is the proclamation of that Truth, some proclaim primarily through their contemplative 'tryst' with that Truth. Here some of these women of the Dominican monasteries tell of how they came to embrace this way of life which to many is such a mystery. Each is a story as unique and human as its author."
-Suzanne Noffke, O.P., Translator of the Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

"The life of the cloistered contemplative nun is one of the most hidden but also one of the most important treasures of the Church. The prayers and sacrifices of these holy women are so crucial to the Church's well-being that it behooves all of us to know them better. The stories in this splendid book help us to do just that, since they are authentic vignettes from the personal lives of 23 different Dominican cloistered nuns."
-Father Michael Monshau, O.P., Prior, Dominican House of Studies, Saint Louis, Missouri

"These remarkable personal testimonies demonstrate the power of God's fruitful invitation to a contemplative and cloistered life in the Dominican tradition. Though each testimony is unique, there is a common link among them that recalls Elizabeth's words to Mary: 'Blessed is she who believed that there would be fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord (Luke 1:45).' These testimonies, then, are not a history of the past rather they give confidence to all in the present who have the courage to accept God's invitation to Himself. Indeed, God has done great things. This book reminds all of us that God is still doing great things."
-Father Dominic Izzo, O.P., Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph

 

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Contents

Surprised by the Call
1
Late Have I Loved You
5
Bea the Baptist
11
Forever Yes Becoming a Cloistered Apostle
17
God Called Again
23
Guardian Angels
29
In Search of My Ideal
33
Follow Me
37
Which Order?
60
First Love
63
A Retreat to Remember
67
It is He Who Leads Us He is Our Guide
71
You Have not Chosen Me but I Have Chosen You
75
Our Ladys Gift
79
Marys Tale
81
God or Summer School
89

Ubi Caius Ibi Caia
40
The Church Is Catholic
45
Of Toothpaste and Dominic
47
An Extern Sisters Vocation Story
50
Making the Call
55
No Secrets
92
a Thumbnail Sketch
96
Glossary
99
List of English Speaking North American Monasteries of Dominican Nuns
111
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