"Of Gods and Men" and John Corapi

The remarkable film Of Gods and Men is out on Netflix, and if you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to put it on your queue and move it to the top. It is one of the best films I seen in years -- gripping, moving, enlightening and insightful. I can't think of a film in recent memory that so truly and respectfully portrays the life of faith, the religious life, and most especially the value, use and meaning of liturgical prayer and the sacramental, Holy Mass -- how these enhance the life of faith, … [Read more...]

Prayers for a First Profession – UPDATED

Sr. Rose Marie, the young Passionist nun who so charmingly invites people to pray about their vocations in this video will be making her first profession of vows tomorrow, with this very joyful community. Let's pray for her on the eve of her big day!My understanding is that Passionists take an additional vow -- one of enclosure -- and that they receive their ring at first profession rather than at final profession. It will be interesting to check the Passionist blog after the event and learn … [Read more...]

Srs. Mary Veronica and Mary Jacinta!

Icing on the cake for this great feastday of the world-saving "Yes", our dear friends the Dominican nuns of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Monastery in Summit, NJ has received their two postulants as novices and clothed them in the habit of the Order of Preachers. God's blessings be upon Sr. Mary Veronica of the Cross and Sr. Mary Jacinta of the Most Holy Rosary, who we see standing here with their novice mistress, Sr. Mary Catharine of Jesus (whose lovely singing voice can be heard here)From … [Read more...]

Interrupted by God…UPDATED

I love this piece by Benedictine Sister Ann Marie Wainright, writing from St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota:When I transitioned from my life as a layperson into life as a new postulant, getting used to the “interruptions” in my day was a challenging adjustment at times. The bells tolled, I dropped what I was doing and went to prayer. Afterwards, I returned to my previous work, studies, or ministry, or perhaps I shifted gears and began a new task, leaving the former one unfinished. … [Read more...]

Poor Clares: "What a waste…"

bethlehem monastery

"What a waste..."You hear that from people, often, when they meet a handsome priest or a pretty nun, and even more often when they encounter monastic life. They either cannot believe that a life "apart" can be rich and meaningful or they believe (as one gent wrote me) that "women were made for bearing children and enriching the world through the family" and take issue with this sort of life - a life of prayer and separateness which has a long tradition in Christianity (predating … [Read more...]


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