Meet a nun with a black belt—and it’s not a rosary

Photo: by Desmond Lim I’m glad we didn’t have nuns like this when I was growing up. I never would have made it past third grade. Details: When Sister Linda Sim was growing up, all she wanted to do was serve the nation. In the 1970s, she applied to the Singapore Armed Forces to be [Read More...]

“Mend a Quarrel:” A Message of Mercy We Need to Hear

Over at the CNEWA blog, (where I toil as part of my day job) there’s a heartfelt remembrance of a Mercy Sister, Christian Molidor, who worked for the agency for many years.  She died yesterday after a long illness. The piece quotes Sister Christian’s final e-mail, sent to her friends when she retired a couple [Read More...]

Missouri Monastery to Become a Home for Expectant Mothers

Details:  A former monastery for Catholic nuns is preparing for new life.  It will now become home to Life House Crisis Maternity Home, which has partnered with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. For more than forty years, it was a quiet place of prayer.  “They were here praying, praying for all of us in southern [Read More...]

Catholic Nun Gang Raped in India: “This Wasn’t a Random Act of Barbarism”

Details: “I condemn this gang rape of this young nun in the strongest possible terms.  This is gang rape is physical and emotional terrorism against our woman” Card. Oswald Gracias, president of the Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) tells AsiaNews reacting to the attack on a nun in Orissa. The religious of the Franciscan Missionaries of St. Joseph, [Read More...]

“The Most Compelling Modern Story of Faith That I Know Of…”

A great story of a group of sisters setting out to build a Catholic community in Kansas, from the Wichita Eagle:  It was on faith that the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita broke from their California order and came to Wichita in 1976, and it’s on faith that they’re now endeavoring [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “It hurts my heart when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model of car”

That and much more, from his impromptu remarks today to seminarians and novices:  Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”. Speaking to participants in a four-day international event for Seminarians, Novices and [Read More...]

Sister, Get Your Gun

These pictures were accompanied by the headline, “Mother’s First Deer.” They come from this site for the Sisters of Reparation in Ohio. When Maria was singing about “Doe, a deer, a female deer,” I don’t think she had this mind… [Read more...]

A Deacon Writes of His Own Conversion: “What a Difference a Habit Can Make”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has invited Deacon Richard Ballard as a guest blogger this week over at Standing on my Head.  He writes of a chance encounter with a habited nun at a hospital when he was seven-years-old — a meeting that may well have changed his life: With a variety of comic books in hand, [Read More...]

Pope Francis to nuns: “Be a mother, not an old maid”

From CNS:  Pope Francis told 800 superiors of women’s orders from around the world that the Catholic Church needs religious women and that religious women need to be in harmony with the faith and teachings of the church. “What would the church be without you?” the pope told the women May 8. “It would be [Read More...]

The Trappist nuns of Syria: “Christian hope…is stronger than all the horrors”

Eight years ago, a small group of Trappist nuns founded a monastery in Syria, in the countryside along the border with Lebanon. The atmosphere, while heavily guarded, remains tense.  Why do they stay when every day puts their lives at risk? An Italian news service recently interviewed the sisters.  Read the conversation here. Last fall, [Read More...]


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