Three Nuns, Three Different Ways of Serving

The lovely and tireless Sr. Mary Catharine of The Dominican Nuns of Summit sent this my way, and I knew I had to share it with you, particularly in light of all the "nun news" and the sometimes caustic remarks people can make about sisters whose communities are not habited. No one appreciates a good old habit better than I, but I know too many good, faithful sisters in streetclothes to get all uppity about it.I can't embed the video that accompanies this article from the Statesman, but … [Read more...]

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Nuns and Bishops and Popes, Oh My! – UPDATES

The sisters are all Joan of Arc and the Bishops are all Don Giovanni!Allow me to clear my tabbar of these numerous links touching on the Sr. Margaret Farley story, the LCWR leadership meeting with Rome story and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad menfolk -- offering "the contorted thinking of celibate men" -- who just don't appreciate the linear and perfect thinking of the celibate women.I guess female celibacy is superior to male celibacy and therefore confers credibility on … [Read more...]

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Another vowed Domincan nun! – UPDATE

Last December, I had the privilege of attending the first profession of Sister Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP. I don't know if I will ever forget how powerfully resonant was her quiet but obvious deep and joy as she received her black veil. I have seldom encountered such a punch of supernatural serenity.Just six months later, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ are celebrating again as another young nun pronounces her first vows and becomes Sister Mary Cecilia of the … [Read more...]

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LCWR and Rome: the Opera of Catholicism – UPDATED

Recently, while watching some Catholic sniping and squabbling amid these internet comboxes wherein I dwell and make my living, I noted a particularly dramatic note of victimhood being voiced in one channel and fervent, mustachio-twirling glee emanating from another, and I suddenly realized why opera is an art-form created and first-sustained in Catholic cultures. We do love our arias and our grand, sweeping themes.The issue I had been monitoring was the sort of simple doctrinal rumpus that … [Read more...]

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The LCWR, Reform and the Persistence of Memory – UPDATED

My plan was to end the night with a linking round-up of reactions, thoughts and analysis of how the story of the Vatican's call for a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was falling out. And I may still do that -- when do I ever shut up? But for tonight, I can't think of a better read for anyone interested in this story, than Max Lindenman's brilliant, heartfelt and almost lyrical piece that reads like the turn of a long, last loving look and a deep sigh into tomorrow:So … [Read more...]

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LCWR, the SSPX and the Vatican; Fun Times in Catholicland UPDATED

Busy days here at Patheos and I am only now getting to a bunch of emails from people asking me what I think about "this misogynist outrage from the Vatican" concerning the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Others, possibly recalling a piece I wrote three years ago sound like they're rubbing their hands together in anticipation; "I can't wait to see what you have to say about this!" wrote one woman.I wrote back, "what I think may surprise you."The possibility of the … [Read more...]

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Priest Videos and Problems of Recommendation

I have received probably three dozen emails over the past two days tipping me off to "a new priest video" or asking me to please post the video, or demanding to know why I have not yet posted it, as is my duty as a Catholic blogger.But I don't want to mischaracterize the emails. Most people are very nice, and they just want to make sure I am aware of this new video that advocates for the priesthood.Well, I am aware of it, but I haven't posted it here for a very simple reason. I don't … [Read more...]

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Nun Soap: “You don’t look 53!”

Had a doctor's appointment this afternoon and the intake nurse was surprised to learn I am 53. "You don't look it," she said.Well, that's nice, and flattering, of course, but I don't take it too seriously: I'm fat, and so my face wrinkles are filled out. As I go up and down the scale, the furrows deepen and widen. If the hips go down, the face makes a frown, and vice-versa.Currently, my face looks more cheerful than I'd like, but this doctor is thinking maybe my thyroid has been … [Read more...]

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“A House of Prayer; a Temple of Intercession”

Would to God that . . . all men could know how very easy it would be for them to arrive at a high degree of sanctity. They would only have to fulfill the simple duties of Christianity and of their state of life; to embrace with submission the crosses belonging to that state, and to submit with faith and love to the designs of Providence in all those things that have to be done or suffered. . . This is the spirituality of all ages and of every state." --Father Jean Pierre de Caussade, … [Read more...]

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Nuns, Monks, Friars Linkfest! – UPDATED

It's unusual to be writing much about monks, nuns and friars in February, but for some reason I have a flurry of news and reports, so here goes!The Norbertine Sisters are a very interesting group of women. You know they make fabulous Christmas Wreaths each year (we had ours by the end of November and only just threw it out because it seemed oddball to have a wreath up at Valentine's Day, but it still looked great, still wasn't dropping needles!)Well, the sisters are finally established as … [Read more...]

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