Holy orders: Monks and nuns provide e...

Holy orders: Monks and nuns provide edible gifts by mail

There are 3 comments on the 5News KFSM story from Jan 3, 2010, titled Holy orders: Monks and nuns provide edible gifts by mail. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

Your gift is in the giving, the old holiday nostrum goes. But you also can get a feel-good gift in the buying, especially if you tap the monasteries, convents and hermitages scattered around the world.

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Father Andrew Proulx

Ramsey, NJ

#1 Jan 22, 2010
Even though monasteries send in their products to be sold by Monastery Greetings, they are really supporting a third party vendor to sell their products rather then sell to other monasteries to help their contemporaries to survive. Monastery Greetings seems like a blessing to some but to many Monastic communities the owner has brought a change of how monasteries buy from each other. No longer do Monasteries provide their products to religious houses even within their own orders. The curse of a one store where all products come from one location has taken financial tolls on the smaller communities that make products to support the houses.
While Bill Hogan may be blessed with sales and happy to sell for
Monasteries and reaping the sales that have destroyed incomes to
Monasteries that struggle in this economy, please know that Monastery Greetings will one day be the curse to those who sell only to him and not even to those customers who wish to buy diredctly from the relgious Institutions he sells for.
Religious houses should reconsider where their support comes from. There will come a day that they will realize Monastery Greetings is greedy and stealing business from those who actually should be making the profit of which Bill Hogan does not return to the religious life that he says he supports. He supports himself and buys at very low wholesale costs that actually will one day be the demise of the monasteries that sell to him. Especially when the Monastery Products are sold at high prices on his web site. These prices are higher then what some monasteries can sell their own products at.
The best way to put an end to this is to buy directly from the Monasteries and you will not only get a better price, but the
Prayerful attention that the monks and nuns are willing to give
directly to the customer from each of their on line shops. Vuy Direct from your favorite Monastery not from Monastery Greetings!

Chariton, IA

#2 Feb 3, 2010
That would not be a bad thing if monasteries and convents ceased to exist. While I do appreciate the dedication of the individuals, they are mislead by the doctrines of men that such a lifestyle makes them pleasing to God. I do agree that it is wrong for others to take advantage as it pointed out, as God has said that such does not meet the golden rule. Why don't we all just follow what the Bible has to say, and stop devising our own brand of righteousness (Isaiah 64:6).

United States

#5 Jan 21, 2011
What awonderful gift to the community

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