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A Right to Be Merry
A Special Condensed Audio Version
Books by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.

A RIGHT TO BE MERRY describes the founding of our monastery in Roswell, and the challenges, cares, and joys of cloistered life with a wit, humor, and warmth that will have you alternately laughing and brushing away tears


STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME takes up the tale with the golden jubilee of our Mother Foundress, Mother Immaculata, in 1960, tracing the growth of the seed she planted, and demolishing some of the strange modern myopic and neurotic gods with a vision of the cloistered contemplative life of love


FORTH AND ABROAD, STILL MERRY, ON LAND AND BY SEA relates the following years as our community in the Southwest is called by God to establish six foundations in this country and abroad


COME, LORD JESUS, MEDITATIONS ON THE ART OF WAITING these Advent reflections focus our attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives. Although written for Advent, they are profitable at any time


A TIME OF RENEWAL, Daily Reflections for the Lenten Season Mother Mary Francis gave us these beautiful meditations on the liturgical season of Lent, which illuminate the daily Mass readings in a fresh and attractive way. Her meditations are profound and timeless, not changing from year to year, thus providing a lifetime of Lenten meditations in this one volume.


CHASTITY, POVERTY, AND OBEDIENCE: RECOVERING THE VISION FOR THE RENEWAL OF RELIGIOUS LIFE this commentary on the Vatican Council II document Perfectae Caritatis provides much food for thought and prayer not only for priests and religious but for dedicated laity called to live the evangelical counsels in their milieu


BUT I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS the concept of friendship is explored in this collection of conferences describing many practical ways to excel in relating to others


ANIMA CHRISTI conferences on this beloved prayer, exploring its beauty and depth


COME ALIVE a call to waken to the challenge of life as it is, where it is, and when it is


WALLS AROUND THE WORLD illustrated booklet with excerpts from conferences and writings of Mother M. Francis on our cloistered contemplative life


CLARE OF ASSISI: SAINT FOR NOW three essays on our Holy Foundress


THE HOLY RULE AND TESTAMENT OF ST. CLARE translated from the original Latin by Mother M. Francis, hardcover edition containing our Poor Clare Constitutions


BLESSED ARE YOU a commentary on the Beatitudes which are a blueprint for human happiness


HOW TO PRAY realizing that God desires friendly communication with us


HOW TO PRAY available on 2 CDs, read by a Poor Clare


THE KING'S ROOMS God's call to the cloister and to a deeper life of intimacy with Him


VARIATIONS ON A THEME poetry on themes of life, joy, pain, vocation, Christ the Lord


SUMMON SPIRIT’S CRY poems of praise of creation, and scriptural commentaries in poetry


WALLED IN LIGHT the biography of St. Colette, a Poor Clare nun of 15th century France


TESTAMENT OF ST. COLETTE translated from the original French by Mother Mary Francis


DANCE FOR EXULTATION Letters of St. Clare to St. Agnes of Prague, translated from Latin by Mother M. Francis, with a commentary on St. Clare as a literary stylist


CANDLE IN UMBRIA verse play on the life of St. Clare


COUNTED AS MINE play about Our Lady of Guadalupe's apparitions to St. Juan Diego


SMALLEST OF ALL three-act play on St. Bernadette


ROAD TO EMMAUS play dramatizing the Gospel story about Jesus and his disciples at Easter


CHRISTMAS AT GRECCIO one-act play on the first Christmas crib created by St. Francis


THE WOLF OF GUBBIO one-act play on the meeting of St. Francis with Brother Wolf


PRAISE HIM WITH YOUR VERY LIFE all six of the above plays in one volume


Not included in this volume:

LA MADRE three-act play on St. Teresa of Avila


COUNTED AS MINE the Operetta edition of the play with musical score by Fr. Joseph Roff



FRANCIS the story of the saint who was everyone's friend; fully illustrated


FRANCIS Coloring Book for children


GOD'S LOVE STORY illustrated, tells of God's love in his plan of Redemption


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE COLORING BOOK written and illustrated by our own sisters: a delightful way to teach your children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces about the holy Mother of God


Also available:

A MEMORY FOR WONDERS autobiography of Mother Veronica Namoyo, P.C.C., with a preface by Mother M. Francis


May be ordered from:

Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe
809 E. 19th Street
Roswell, New Mexico 88201-7599

Some of these books are also available at Ignatius Press