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Preparation and details, prayer and presence: Sisters are never alone at death

Blog Published: December 11, 2019

Ice cream at a funeral? Funeral customs around the world have many common elements, but each culture and each religious congregation puts its unique stamp on the rituals around death and dying. 


A Valiant Woman

Blog Published: March 10, 2016

Sister Julie reflects on a dear friend who is truly a Valiant Woman as Proverbs 31 so well proclaims. Who are the valiant women and men in your life?

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Making Life and Death Pacts with Strangers

Blog Published: April 1, 2015

As I look in my helmet mirror at the traffic coming behind me, feel the WHOOSH of the car driving by so close, and scan the horizon for cars turning off or onto the road, I am acutely aware that my life is in the hands of total strangers.

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Is grief a rejection of faith?

Podcast Recorded: January 12, 2012

In this Random Nun Clip, a listener who's new to Christianity is grieving her mother's death. She wonders if her grief is a rejection of faith. Hear the full podcast at AS098.

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The Reality of Death

Blog Published: June 7, 2011

Nothing can ever really take the edge off of the reality of death. Life is, and then it is not. Theresa is with us, and then one Sunday night, she is no longer here the way we have always known and loved her.

A Vocation Unto Death – Sister Valsa John, SCJM

Blog Published: May 23, 2011

I never met Sister Valsa, but she is my sister and yours. My heart breaks for the congregation, family and friends of Sister Valsa John, SCJM, a Sister of Charity of Jesus and Mary who was killed a week ago.

When a Catholic Sister dies

Blog Published: February 6, 2009

It’s not easy writing a blog post when your heart is heavy. This morning I woke to find out that two of my dear IHM Sisters died. One sister I’ve known since I entered the community.

When a Sister is sick or dying …

Blog Published: June 25, 2007

A lot of people wonder what happens to a sister when she is sick or dying. Is she sent home? Is she sent to the hospital? How is she cared for?