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February 9, 2007

Consecrated life ... is by its nature a total and definitive, unconditional and passionate response to God (cf. “Vita Consecrata,” n. 17).

February 7, 2007

A while back I did an email interview for a book called Clear Blogging by Bob Walsh. It was just published this month.

February 7, 2007

Within religious life there is a huge diversity of lifestyles and charisms. There is no single way to be a nun or sister or monk or brother. Such diversity is a good thing for the Church and world for it allows the different gifts of the Spirit to be manifest and used in response to the needs of the world. I am reminded of Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he talks about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Read on, and as you do, consider how different communities have different gifts.

February 6, 2007

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) just published an article which appeared on Yahoo News — “The Modern US nun is an ex-soldier, lawyer and has a blog” by Jocelyne Zablit. There appears to be wide interest in what is happening here in the US in terms of young women interested in religious life.

January 24, 2007

This morning’s reading in my prayer book (People’s Companion to the Breviary) is truly awesome. The author, Annice Callahan, RSCJ (who was teaching at Regis College in Toronto while I was studying there), writes about one of theologian Father Karl Rahner, SJ’s central messages in all of his theology (and trust me, he’s written a lot … he happens to be my all-time favorite theologian and the subject of my Masters’ thesis).

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.