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Salvador Montes de Oca: The Next Carthusian Saint?

Even when the Carthusian Order does not promote the beatification or canonization of any of its members, there are Carthusian blessed and saints. In most cases, these saints were bishops (such as
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Letter of Saint Bernard to Guigo

From a letter of Saint Bernard to Guigo, the Prior, and to the other monks of the Grande Chartreuse I received the letters of your Holiness with a delight equalled only by my longing eagerness for …
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The Carthusian Order and the Pope

A few days ago we commemorated the anniversary of the foundation of the first Carthusian monastery, on June 24, 1084, in the Chartreuse Massif (France), on the initiative of St. Bruno and six …

Was Thomas More a Carthusian Aspirant?

Some saints have had a special relationship with the Carthusian Order. St. John of the Cross considered the possibility of becoming a Carthusian monk before St. Teresa convinced him to help her in …

4 May: English Carthusian martyrs

In 1535 King Henry VIII decided to break away from the Roman Catholic Church. He forced his English subjects to recognize in him the head of the Church in England. Many of them accepted. Others …

Letter of St. Catherine to a Carthusian monk

Today the Church celebrates St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a saint who has a special connection to the Carthusian Order. She wrote at least twelve letters to several Carthusian monks who …

22 April: Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Saint Hugh (1053 - 1132), the saint we are celebrating today, could be considered the co-founder of the first Charterhouse. Actually, he was the bishop who received Saint Bruno and his six …

Mount Calvary: Love for the Cross.

The cross towers over the monastery: it is a warning. Everything here flourishes in the shadow of the cross and in it you come to take shelter. It is good to draw your attention to it at once. The …

Advice for a New Carthusian Postulant

The first weeks in the cell will not reveal much to you, perhaps nothing. Be humbly content to be bored and to wander around. Your heart is raw for all that you have just left, and on the rough …
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17 November: Saint Hugh of Lincoln (Carthusian Monk)

From the Life of Saint Hugh of Lincoln by Adam the Carthusian Hugh of Avalon made profession with the Augustinian Canons at Villarbenoît, in Dauphiné, where he entered at a very young age. In the …

A Time to Die (extract)

The Carthusians are not afraid of leaving this world. The cemetery is in the middle of the large cloister. Every day, beginning in the novitiate, the fathers have walked beside the enclosure in …

The Devil's Advocate in Thérèse of Lisieux's Process of Canonisation

Here are the observations (in latin animadversiones) of the Promoter of Faith Msgr. Verde, who was arguing against the canonisation of Thérèse of Lisieux. These objections were presented prior to …
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39 vs 46 (a tribute to Saint Jerome)

One of the most surprising facts about the number of books in the Old Testament is that this is not a discussion that was born at the time of the Protestant Reformation, in the 16th century. Much …
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Catholics and Jews: Can We Bridge the Abyss?

This article appeared in “America”, March 11, 1989. It was written by Susanne Batzdorff, who was born in 1921 and is one of Edith Stein’s nieces. She is a devout Jewish woman who now lives in Santa …

My Carthusian Experience

Among those of us who admire the Carthusian Order, several of us have had the honor and privilege of having lived for a few days in one of its monasteries. Having made several retreats at “Cartuja …
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A Martyr of Auschwitz

This article appeared in the New York Times Magazine, April 12, 1987, just prior to the Beatification of Edith Stein, Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce. The author, Susanne M. Batzdorff, one of Edit…

How photographer Tamino visited the "earth angels": "I was moved, happy, honoured".

What is the world of the Carthusian monks in Pleterje like? Tamino Petelinšek, a photographer who spent almost a month at the monastery last year, tells you about it. Photographs of the Carthusian …
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WHAT DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT SAY ABOUT THE VIRGIN MARY?

The various Marys For Catholics, the figure of the Virgin Mary occupies a place of relevant importance, both in our faith and in our devotion. Sometimes we may think that the whole Bible favors and …

Praying in Front of the Mirror

Let Us make man in Our image. (Genesis 1:26) I used to pray in front of a Greek Icon of Jesus I had on my desk. One day, realising that that image took my imagination to the Byzantine Ancient world,…