Friday, December 23, 2011

Regina Laudis And Delores Hart

Delores Hart, now a cloistered nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, moved from Hollywood to the Abbey in 1963.

Although she played in movies with famous Hollywood stars of her day -- perhaps most notably, Elvis Presley -- she described her time in Hollywood in the short clip below as being "wounded with life."

My wife Andrée spent some time at the Abbey around the time when I first met her, and we have visited it several times since. It is not only a refuge from a wounded and wounding world but a reservoir of religious and spiritual energy. This, no doubt, was part of the lure that drew Mother Delores away from the hurly burly of Hollywood towards the very heart of the Christian faith. It has made her wise, as is evident from the interview above.

The story here in The Day of New London  is well worth reading.

“Bethlehem (AP) — In the little town of Bethlehem, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss is praying for a Christmas miracle.”
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