A Joyful Community of Intercessors Needs a Bit More Space

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In Rumer Godden's classic gem of a novel, In This House of Brede, a large cloistered community of English Benedictine nuns faces a pressing debt; one nun rather serenely says she will pray for the solution. "Like a child asking the bank manager for a bag of money to take home to Daddy?" a sharp-tongued sister asks in rebuke."Exactly. Exactly like that," says the first nun.Later, when the idea of selling of 7 of the community's 14 acres seems like the only practical answer, the doubtful … [Read more...]

To Suffer With Us: the Duty and Privilege of Priesthood

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Here on Long Island, the little town of Farmingdale is reeling as they deal with the stark pain that comes of burying five teenagers, all lost in one horrific car accident. Families, students at their high school, even perfect strangers within the community are bound in grief, and our prayers must fly to heaven for their sustenance and consolation.Frequently quoted amid the many reports is Father Michael Duffy, an associate pastor at Saint Kilian's Church. The parish is located not far from … [Read more...]

St. Catherine of Siena would “get” Sister Cristina Scuccia

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Not long after Deacon Greg posted this bit about her singing "Flashdance: What a Feeling", a friend on Facebook shot me a private message wondering if I was not getting "a little worried" about all of the attention being given to Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, or -- as she is known in Italy -- Suor Cristina."Well, sure. As she becomes more well-known, the world will throw awful temptations her way," I responded, "so we really should pray for her spiritual welfare. She's human and we're … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Jesuits to Admit Women to the Society

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:::BREAKING!!!:::PATHEOS EXCLUSIVE!!!:::PARODY!!!!!:::LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE!!!:::This is huge, guys, and I'm so proud that we're breaking it here at Patheos!In a move that is sure to reverberate within the deepest corridors of the Vatican, members of the Society of Jesus have today announced that they will be admitting women into the Society as full Sisters. "They can't be ordained, at least not yet," said James Martin, the Jesuit author of the best-selling book Jesus: A Pilgrimage, "but … [Read more...]

So, Science Supports Complementarity? Why…YES!

Brain networks show increased connectivity from front to back and within one hemisphere in males (upper) and left to right in females (lower). (Credit: Ragini Verma, Ph.D., Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences)

As the guy in the Emerald City would say, "Well, bust my buttons!"A new brain connectivity study from Penn Medicine published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that's lending credence to some commonly-held beliefs about their behavior.In one of the largest studies looking at the "connectomes" of the sexes, Ragini Verma, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Radiology at the Perelman School … [Read more...]

Sisterly Support: When Nuns Move In Together (and Nun News Updates)

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Earlier this year, after what sounds like a truly "long and difficult journey" some Redemptoristine nuns, who were losing the temporary housing they needed while seeking a permanent place to live, work and pray, found a solution out of Carmel:The Carmelite nuns of Beacon were prudently examining their future and their ability to remain on their lovely property. Knowing of the Redemptoristine‚Äôs dilemna...The Carmelites voted unanimously to issue an invitation and within two weeks the councils … [Read more...]

Missing Beautiful Stained Glass? Find it Here!

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I was going to add this as an update to this post, but it's really so neat it deserves it's own mention.Our Lady of Solitude Monastery is a foundation created from within the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels monastery. While other foundations from that community are still working on their hopes to start building (and finding creative ways to fund their hopes), this community, located in Arizona (Max's stomping ground) have finally installed the last of the … [Read more...]

All Saints Day: A Day of Great Hope and Hope we Need!

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"There is no saint without a past. There is no sinner without a future." St AugustineI love All Saints Day. I love exiting from Mass and watching the traffic pass by. I always think, "it's so cool that while the rest of the world is scurrying about its worldly business, we take time to remember our spiritual ancestors" -- to connect to that Cloud of Witnesses within the Communion of Saints; to ask them to pray for us; to use their lives as an example of hope to keep us going as we fail, and … [Read more...]

“I think prison freed me…” Mother Antonia Brenner RIP

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Over at Deacon Greg's place he notes a study and asks Is being a Good Samaritan a Matter of Genetics?Or grace, or a combination of the two? Perhaps specifically-graced-genetics?This seems a timely question in light of the passing of the fascinating Mother Antonia Brenner (born Mary Clark), foundress of Eudist Servants Of The Eleventh Hour and one of those formidable "Irish Catholic" women so many of us have known and loved. She is survived by her seven children.The diminutive, … [Read more...]

Nun News for Autumn, 2013

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The annual nun-news round-up happened, last year, on the Feastday of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and it seemed to me a perfect day to celebrate news of new or proceeding religious vocations, so I've decided to do it every October 1. As ever, please don't ask me why I don't include more unhabited communities; there are some here; I give the news I can find.Let's start with the monastics!The big news from our friends the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ, aside from their new line of soaps, is … [Read more...]


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