Monday, April 02, 2007

Il mondo non basta: tonsure lives...

I always thought that a good line to recruit vocations to the monastic life might be: Il mondo non basta (the world is not enough).

These guys were just great! As I thanked them for their witness of tonsure they smiled and then began to explain to me in detail the theology behind it.

The roar is heard from Judah and may the Lord of History be praised for this evangelical and charismatic witness to the city and the world!

7 comments:

Huw Raphael said...

Hi - Do you know what Franciscan Order these folks are?

JPSonnen said...

they are the piccoli frati (e sorelle) di gesu e maria v.v. if you want to contact them, they have no telephone, fax or home, but ask that you write them at:
presso chiesa s. nicola
celico (cs) 87053
italy

T. Peregrinus said...

Are these the dudes in Cosenza? I met one in Assisi once. His name was Brother Anthony Speedy. After mumbling to him in Italian, I worked out he was Australian!

Ale said...

I live in Italy, but I've never herard about them, it could be a new congregation.

Ale said...

Hey guys, I found a website (unofficial) about them, here is the link:

http://nuke.fratipoveri.net/

Anonymous said...

Very impressive group of young monks, complete with the traditional tonsure which was abandoned by nearly all monastic and religious Orders 40+ years ago. Very glad to see it making a strong come-back. This is not the only group in Italy or Europe (new Orders) which have returned the use of the monastic tonsure. There's another in Italy, and 2-3 in France and also 1 in Spain, and 1 in Brazil. Also we can't forget the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem in the USA who likewise are restoring it.
I don't believe the young girls in the group are what you would call nuns, though. If they wish to be nuns, I think they should adopt a more traditional religious habit a la the style of the Poor Clares etc. Because as it is, they look like Muslim girls with what they're wearing now. I hope they adjust it to a more Catholic, "nunlike" habit.
But the brothers and their way of life and habit are very impressive. I hope they get many vocations.

Anonymous said...

Eh, the sisters habit is fine but you're right, I would make the veil a bit more substantial. Being a medieval fan, I dont like the stiff starched 12 piece linen headsets that nuns had to wear in the 1800's.

I like the idea of a freer, more natural, "wrap around" head garment for a nun...but I would add a cap-type think to keep the hair under (and their hair should be cut short), and a veil hanging down over the back attached by maybe a stiffer band at the forhead.