A Right to Be Merry
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A Right to Be Merry

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Can life really be "merry" inside a Poor Clare cloister? This happy book reveals the challenges, cares and joys of that cloistered life from an "insiders" view. The poet's cry, "O world, I cannot hold you close enough!" is the heart's cry of the enclosed contemplative. No one who has not lived in a cloister can fully understand just how intertwined are the lives of cloiste...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Ignatius Press (first published May 1st 1973)
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Katharine Bond
I thought this book was a great spiritually uplifting read. Sr. Mary Francis is good at radiating purity and warmth without becoming preachy. Every young Catholic woman should read it at least once, because it is a very intimate, honest look at what the life of a cloistered nun is like. No benefit or sacrifice is allowed to go undisclosed, and the reader is left with an inner peace that comes with a better understanding of the spiritual life. After all, the lessons found in this story can be app...more
Apr 10, 2007 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any closet nun gazer... you know who you are!
Ever wanted to know what it means to be a cloistered nun? This book will give you the skinny. It's the classic "nun" book and people have been reading it steadily since it's original publication in back in the 50's. Ignatius Press recently reprinted it saving us all from haunting eBay and hoping to get a copy for under $50 so what are you waiting for?

It followes the daily lives of the Poor Clare nuns as they found their Roswell convent. The Poor Clares Colettine are one of the strictest cloiste...more
This book shatters many of the myths and preconceived ideas of what life is like as a cloistered nun, specifically The Poor Clares. I found this book to be fascinating as it gives us a peek into life in the monastary and into the everyday lives of the nuns who live a life of enclosure. I am privileged to live just a few blocks from this monastary in Roswell and have been there many times to pray in their chapel (sometimes I get to hear the nuns singing). I am not Catholic but I learned much from...more
Back in print after many years, another must read vocation story. The Poor Clares Colettines are one of the few orders that has continued to grow by leaps and bounds over the last 50 years, founding new communities all over the country and when you read this book you'll see why. It is the story of the founding of their Roswell community in the 30s ( I believe).

If you have ever wondered what the life of a cloistered nun is like and what it means this is the book to read.
Willa Grant
I truly loved this book- the author is certainly of her time but brings across her absolute joy in serving as one of Gods brides. The life of a Poor Clare nun is tough but from this author's viewpoint it is rich & wonderful beyond anything ordinary life can offer. I felt happy & spiritually strengthened after reading this book.
This is written by an actual cloistered nun who is a Poor Clare. It is a beautiful book that gives insight into the daily life of the order--in all of its humanity, as well as its prayerfulness. Beautifully written like a novel, it doesn't feel at all like a documentary.
A beautifully written look into the life and philosophy of the Poor Clares, but also greatly beneficial for anyone who wishes to grow in holiness and become closer to God. Mother Mary Francis has a true gift with words.
Do you think Religious life is horrible? Read this! I laughed, I cried - it is romantic, adventurous and amazing! the sister was an english major before she entered the cloistered convent of the Poor Clares. A great writer!
It is a beautiful, charming book to open our eyes to the beauty of Catholicism and being the bride of Christ, which some people believe is torture, but which is really a life of heaven on earth.
I'm not religious, but this book creates such a peaceful image I considered becoming a cloistered nun at times. It's not a particularly exciting book, but her joy leaks through every page.
I enjoyed reading this book, which emanates the joy the author has in her religious vocation as a Poor Clare.
It's wonderful to know how hard and devote a sister must be
Awesome for all ages!
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