I love being a nun … it is where I find my deepest joy and peace, where I can truly be myself and flourish into the person God calls me to be. Being a nun opens me to seeing the world in a wonderful light and all kinds of possibilities. Being a nun is as natural as breathing air.
The Liturgy of the Hours, which is also called The Divine Office or the Breviary, is the public prayer of the Church to praise God and sanctify the day. The Liturgy of the Hours is made up of specific prayers said at various times (“hours”) during the day and night.
I had a most delightful experience this weekend visiting the Monastery of Holy Wisdom, home of the Benedictine Women of Madison (Wisconsin). I was invited to their Celebration of Ecumenism in which the community celebrated their first year as an ecumenical community. This is the first Benedictine ecumenical community and so a very historic moment.
Tonight (Friday) ABC’s 20/20 is airing a special 2-hour segment called “Seeing and Believing: The Power of Faith” at 9 p.m. EDT (check local listings). Part of the segment includes a section on “Silent Nuns” in which Diane Sawyer visits with cloistered nuns in a New Mexico convent.
It feels like it has been so long since I sat down to write, just to write. I’ve been reflecting a bit on what it means to be a person who is caught up in words every day (this happens when you are a reader and a writer and work at a publishing company) AND a person who has been embraced by Jesus, the WORD of God.
On Friday I had the privilege of being part of a panel discussion at the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Ministry Conference — “Through a Glass Darkly: The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age”.
I found an interesting article about nuns in the Billings Gazette: ”Unshaken Faith: Fewer become nuns, but sisters see signs of change / Number of religious sisters drops from 180,000 in 1965 to 67,000 in 2006” by Diane Cochran (April 8, 2007).
Dear Media Professionals, Thank you for your recent interest in the lives of women religious. We who are Sisters and Nuns are grateful for the opportunity to share our lifestyle with others and to share the liberating mission of Jesus with all whom we encounter.
I really enjoyed the writer Chris Borrelli’s take on this subject. He did a fine job of highlighting not the novelty of nuns on the Internet but who we are as women religious and that what we do is ministry.