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January 22, 2007

An interesting article from the Sacramento Bee. What is most significant to me in this article is the story of Andrea Jaeger. I am impressed and inspired by her. Her story (read more about her in the Sports Illustrated story linked below) presents a good image of women religious today. Thanks, Andrea … you rock. P.S. Colts v. Bears … go BEARS!

January 18, 2007

I just read a lovely article about a young woman’s experience joining and being part of a religious community. The article is called “Hamilton native talks about life with St. Joseph sisters” (January 12, 2007) — it is written by Celeste Baumgartner and published in The Catholic Telegraph, the Cincinnati diocesan paper. Here are a couple paragraphs from the article.

January 9, 2007

My readings this morning brought me to this beautiful poem written by Edwina Gateley. It is a prayer that I’ve probably prayed before though in different, less poetic words and in various circumstances.

January 5, 2007

First things first … Lay affiliates or associates are women and men who wish to formally associate themselves with a religious community, their mission and spirituality. Not all congregations have associates, and those that do vary in the formation process and the degree to which associates can be involved in the life of the congregation.

January 3, 2007

In a recent comment, Marilyn asked what I think of the vow of poverty. She pointed out the different meanings of the word poverty: 1) lacking resources and 2) renouncing the right to individual ownership. The vow of poverty has more to do with the second meaning.

December 31, 2006

Today is the last day of the year … yet the church year has only just begun. Having celebrated the season of Advent and now the season of Christmas, I feel as though we are already full swing into the new year. Still, it’s worth reflecting on the year.

December 23, 2006

Today I had a breakfast date with my nephew Lucas. He is 6 years old. We went to have coffee, apple juice and bagels (very sticky cinnamon sugar bagels). We chatted about many things. Let me tell you a little about this great kid. Lucas and his older brother Jared enjoy playing outside with their friends. Lucas’s favorite video game is Star Wars Legos I. He loves the books Kissing Hand and its sequel A Pocket Full of Kisses. His favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with his family.

December 20, 2006

In my post TIME magazine article on nuns, veils, and blogs, Hans wrote a thoughtful comment about habits and his experience with the habit. He aptly notes that the modern view on habits is quite mixed.

December 14, 2006

Today is the feast day of Saint John of the Cross. Here’s the English translation of one of Saint John of the Cross’s most famous pieces, The Dark Night.

December 10, 2006

I received a comment from Esa, a Muslim man, who wrote that Muslims believe that Paradise is not only for Muslims but for everyone who is faithful, good-hearted and a helper to the people. He asked what I think about it. Esa, here are my thoughts …