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Becoming a Nun: Reordered Affections

Blog Published: December 16, 2013

"All your affections are being reordered." I had no idea what Sister Margaret meant as she tried to give me encouragement in my early days of becoming a nun. I'd made the leap of faith to pursue religious life but was not at all ready for how I would begin to feel and "be" differently with the world around me.

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A Carmelite writes about her nun, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Blog Published: October 1, 2012

Happy Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux! We are delighted to have with us Sister Judy Long, OCD, of the Carmelite Nuns of Baltimore. It seems only fitting to have a Carmelite write about one of her own on this feast day!

Brainwashed into becoming a nun -- really?

Podcast Recorded: August 8, 2012

This Random Nun Clip is from Ask Sister podcast episode 116. Hear the full podcast at AS116.

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Teresa of Avila’s desire to give her life to God

Blog Published: October 13, 2009

This is the second in a series of three posts on Saint Teresa of Avila. The whole piece was originally published in VISION, the Catholic Religious Discernment Guide.

Making Contact with a Vocation Director

Blog Published: July 21, 2009

A Vocation Director is there to help you get to know the community, to introduce you to and facilitate connections to other sisters or brothers in the community.

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Taking the Habit

Blog Published: October 10, 2007

When I professed final vows, I did not expect to feel any different than I had because I’d been with the community for approximately 10 years already.

Leaving Home for the Convent

Blog Published: October 9, 2007

Continuing my reflections on Saint Teresa of Avila … Finally, after all kinds of questioning, resistance, and prayer, Teresa happens to read the Epistles of Saint Jerome which must have truly edified her for she says she was filled with much courage. Courage was exactly what she needed for she knew that telling her father about her desire to enter the Carmelite monastery would be really, really tough

To be a Nun or not to be … That is the Question.

Blog Published: October 8, 2007

Teresa was in the convent school with the Augustinian Nuns (see previous post) for about a year and a half. She says that although she grew closer to God, “I still had no desire to be a nun, and I asked God not to give me this vocation” (Life 3.2).