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Tag: Religious Life

A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

December 5, 2013 33 Comments
A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

Some of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. I like doing that as it imposes a kind of disciplined writing on me, where I must answer questions very briefly, in about 400 words or less. A question recently came in about a topic that I have […]

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Secrets of the Habit – A Fascinating Video and Reflection on the Wearing of the Habit

December 10, 2010 30 Comments

The video at the bottom of this post is a fascinating little exploration of the traditional habit of Religious Sisters. The video does not make it clear as  to what Order the Habit belonged. There are many things I learned about a habit I never knew. Things like hidden “saddle bag” pockets, opening crucifixes, symbolism in […]

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Religious Life in the Movies

April 9, 2010 8 Comments

This is a clip I posted on Youtube  from the 1958 Movie, “The Nun’s Story” starring Audrey Hepburn as a young woman named Gabriel Vandermal who becomes Sr. Luke of a fictional French Women’s Order. The movie, as you shall is stunningly beautiful and the liturgical scenes are carefully done. This movie is available for purchase […]

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Dominican Nuns on Oprah

February 10, 2010 13 Comments

In case you missed it, Oprah’s show yesterday featured the Dominican Sisters of Mary of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here is a link where you can see clips from the show: http://myown.oprah.com/search/index.html?q=nuns+dominican+sisters All in all, the show was informative, respectful, and fun! Did you watch? What did you think?

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Guest Blog – What it Means to Be a Woman – Sr. Maria Theotokos, SSVM

January 6, 2010 6 Comments

Sr. Maria Theotokos is a Religious Sister of the Congregation of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara. She resides with 25 other sisters in the Convent of my parish (See photo at right). This is a wonderful new order (founded 1988) of Religious Sisters who love the Lord, our Lady and the Church. They […]

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Catholic Young Adults favor Tradition in Religious Vocations

August 13, 2009 4 Comments
Catholic Young Adults favor Tradition in Religious Vocations

The following article appeared in the New York Times earlier this week. Written by Laurie Goodstein, it reports on a CARA study showing a strong preference for and return to tradition among young adults who enter priesthood and religious life. I have known this anecdotally for years but now we have some hard data to […]

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For the salvation of the world

August 11, 2009 1 Comment
For the salvation of the world

Today, the Church honors Clare of Assisi, who was born in 1193 and as a young adult, inspired by Francis of Assisi, joined him and founded the first convent for women in the Franciscan tradition. Clare was from a wealthy family and had quite a comfortable life ahead of her when she decided that the Gospel and […]

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“Do or not do. There is no try.” Or is there?

July 24, 2009 3 Comments
“Do or not do. There is no try.” Or is there?

In the article “How to Discern Elements of Your Personal Vocation” by Fr. Peter Ryan, Professor of Moral Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, he says, “With respect to future possibilities, we cannot discern whether we should do something, but only whether we should try to do it…The real possibility that we could die before […]

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