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Nun Talk

Nun Talk is where you can find lots of material to think about, pray about, and talk about! Nun Talk features a variety of guest sisters and bloggers from the online community and beyond. And there's lots of archived posts here too, including some of the very first ones published by A Nun's Life!

How do nuns deal with sexual urges?

Blog Published: March 24, 2008

Do nuns ever have sexual urges, and if so how do you deal with the temptation of wanting sex.

Handmade Gifts by Nuns and Monks

Blog Published: September 12, 2016

Did you know that you can purchase handmade rosaries, breads, cards, beer, coffee, blankets, prayer shawls, mustard, coffins, and more?! 

Lent—a deepened sense of service

Blog Published: April 1, 2020

This week we draw attention to our Lenten theme of “Service” and never in our history has this word held so much meaning as it does for us today!

Lent-a deepened sense of service

What is a day in the life of a sister like?

Blog Published: February 12, 2007

Question: "I was wondering if you would be interested in describing what your day is like. If you consider this an intrusion, please feel free to ignore it."

Happy Birthday to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blog Published: September 8, 2009

September 8th is the feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. It caught me off guard a bit today because I’m used to seeing the feast listed as “the birth of the BVM” not “the birthday of the BVM”.

Vow of Poverty, Not Destitution

Blog Published: August 18, 2014

Poverty? That's not good at all, right? The word itself often calls to mind the reality of destitution that many people in our own country and indeed our very own neighborhood face every single day -- living without sufficient resources. But the word poverty is also one that is an important part of our lives as Catholic sisters and nuns -- as well as religious brothers, monks, and friars.

Vow of Poverty

The “Sister Mary” Naming Custom

Blog Published: June 1, 2010

You may notice that many Catholic sisters and nuns have the name “Mary” included in some form in their religious name. In a recent edition of our IHM Archives News (May 2010), our intrepid archivist Donna Westley looked at this custom in the IHM tradition. (Today we use our baptismal names as our religious names so “Mary” or its derivations are present only if it was originally part of one’s baptismal name). Here’s some of that article along with additional details I gleaned from my email conversation with Donna.

Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Blog Published: May 17, 2007

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.