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

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...]

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BREAKING: Jesuits to Admit Women to the Society

:::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...]

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So, Science Supports Complementarity? Why…YES!

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...]

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

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’s dilemna...The Carmelites voted unanimously to issue an invitation and within two weeks the councils … [Read more...]

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Missing Beautiful Stained Glass? Find it Here!

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...]

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

"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...]

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

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...]

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Nun News for Autumn, 2013

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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Bad Optics: Obama and HHS vs Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor are heroic social servants: they serve the indigent poor and go begging on their behalf. They are tremendous women offering companionship, love and hospitality to people who often have no one else in their lives willing to see and affirm their dignity and worth, and they don't ask "are you a Catholic" before they make that offer: it is for all.Likewise, in their many facilities across the nation, the Little Sisters employ nurses, and aides and helpers, and … [Read more...]

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Could “Mystery Priest” be a long-dead Benedictine Monk? UPDATE: No Mystery Here!

Joel Schmidt thinks perhaps yes:By now, you’ve most likely heard the story of the “Mystery Priest” from the car accident scene in Eastern Missouri. If not, here’s the original story from USA Today.Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture has suggested how the priest might be identified:1) Start showing the witnesses photos of priests with a reputation for holiness. 2) Include photos of priests who are no longer alive. 3) Prepare for a shock.Interestingly, we were at Conception Abbey in … [Read more...]

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