While taking a prayerful walk through the woods by the abbey, a nun hears a man crying for help. She listens again; makes sure she really heard a yell for help- and determines the exact location of the man that was screaming in distress. She hurried back to the abbey and called the police. That call saved the man’s life. He had been trapped under a fallen tree.
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This event did not take place years ago, but weeks ago. The Sister that was walking through the woods was one of fifty nuns that live at Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey in Massachusetts. When news reporters called the Abbey, the Sister did not reveal her name, and turned down several opportunities to be interviewed.
The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, or more commonly, the Trappistines, maintain a life of silence and solitude. These religious women dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplation. The Rule that governs their lives requires them to live by the work of their own hands. The Sisters offer the work of candy making to God, and it allows them to live in a self-supporting community.
The profit that Trappistine Quality Candy generates allows the Sisters to share with the poor and supports communal life.
The Sisters of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey are celebrating 60 years of candy making this year. On February 9, 1956, the Sisters made their first batch of caramels.
Eventually, the Sisters started to experiment with chocolate and created new candies. In 1957, Butternut crunch was born and very soon became (and continues to be) a bestseller.
Help the Sisters celebrate their 60th year of candy making! Order some of their amazing sweets for you or someone you love – just because! I mean, you would be helping nuns by buying chocolate – it’s a win/win AND God is happy too, I’m sure! The Dark Chocolate goes great with Red Wine – and the Butternut Crunch goes great with anything and everything!!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Sisters’ Consecrated Life, a DVD was produced this year and can be ordered from their website: Trappistine Quality Candy.
How challenging it must be in this day and age to compete with corporations that rely on anything but humility to sell their products. This candy sells, not because of a great marketing strategy or a cute mascot, but because it’s simply delicious. Must be the added prayers ;).
I would have never imagined nuns selling chocolate. I bet it is really good.
It is delicious 🙂 Must be the added prayer!
Jo-Lynne Shane says
What a cool story, and that candy sounds amazing.
It is really good! I recommend the dark chocolate with red wine of course 😉
Marci Smith says
Oh I’d love to try some! Do they make milk chocolate?
They do! It’s all REALLY good 🙂
It sounds delicious! And what an amazing story! To be so humble that you don’t need the praise of society for something you did. If only more of society were like that!
They are such a great example. They were shown this article and they wouldn’t let the employee share it on their Facebook page because they didn’t want to boast! God Bless them!
Gina B says
That’s neat! They sound delicious, the box is so tempting!
Caroline @ In Due Time says
Such an interesting story!!! Who says no to chocolate 😉
Not me! lol!
Thanks for sharing! It’s lucky she was there.
He definitely was lucky she was there!
Sara @ To Jesus Sincerely says
Y’know what, I’m putting this in my idea list for my husband’s birthday. He loves chocolate, and there’s no gift like charitable giving!