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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.

How do I pray prayers like the Rosary without losing concentration?

Blog Published: April 2, 2014

Annabel sent us an email and asked us a question that I know I've tangled with too: How do I successfully pray the Rosary without losing concentration?

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”.

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Of cooks, pirates, and dragons: Saint Martha

Blog Published: July 29, 2011

Among other things, Saint Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus, is the patroness of single laywomen, butlers, cooks, dietitians, servers, homemakers, innkeepers, travelers, and of the village of Villajoyosa, Spain.

Feasts of Saints Anne and Joachim: The First Holy Family of Nazareth

Blog Published: July 26, 2011

There was an earlier Holy Family of Nazareth, the family into which Mary, the immaculate conceived Mother of God was born, the family of Anne, Joachim, and Mary.

The Secret Life of Bees and Images of Mary

Blog Published: November 14, 2008

I just saw the movie The Secret Life of Bees. I had read the book by Sue Monk Kidd a while back when it first came out. I loved the book and so I was nervous about seeing the movie because something is always different. But I figured Queen Latifah, whom I adore, was in the movie so it would at least be enjoyable to see her.

Prof. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, comes to A Nun's Life

Blog Published: October 21, 2013

One of my favorite scholars is Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Brentwood, New York. I studied her work when I was in graduate school, and I've followed her along ever since! It is a huge honor to have her join Sister Maxine and me for our next In Good Faith podcast on November 1....

Sinless, but life is still not perfect…

Blog Published: December 8, 2010

This morning, I tried to imagine a life free from sin. It was a lot harder than I expected.