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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

AS064 Ask Sister – confession and reconciliation, chapel veils, Lent, a real nun on the set of Sister Act II, and more!

Podcast Recorded: March 18, 2011

AS064 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on March 18, 2011. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Guest: Sister Julianna Vagnozzi, CSSF. Topics include: confession and reconciliation, chapel veils, Lent, a real nun on the set of Sister Act II, and more!

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Vow of Poverty means challenging Goldman Sachs

Blog Published: April 5, 2011

Here at A Nun’s Life Ministry, we’re often asked about what the vow of poverty is and how it is lived both personally and as a congregation. While a significant aspect of the vow is that we hold all things in common and don’t personally own anything, there are other dimensions too.

Living the Vow of Poverty in a Privileged Society

Blog Published: September 22, 2009

I have been meditating on the Vow of Poverty this morning after receiving a question about discerning a call to religious life and encountering the question of privilege.

The nuns address spatial racism

Blog Published: March 11, 2013

I spent part of the weekend at our IHM Motherhouse for a webinar symposium on Spatial Racism. I was grateful for the opportunity to learn more about spatial racism as I had little familiarity with it. The symposium was offered through the "Undoing Racisim" committee ...

Generosity and the Vow of Poverty

Blog Published: June 27, 2007

I’ve been reading Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth: From Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration (Doubleday, 2007). Of the book the pope himself says, “This book is… my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord.’”

How to Help People Begging on the Streets?

Blog Published: September 4, 2006

I’m still thinking about how to respond to people on the streets who are homeless and/or beg for money. I’d like to believe that everyone out there found a dry place to stay overnight. Last night I kept thinking about what I could do. I feel like there’s not much I can do … the situation of poverty and homelessness is a huge social problem. Yet, when I’m walking and run into someone asking for spare change, I am face to face with a fellow human being, not some abstract “social problem.” The very cliche phrase “What would Jesus do?” haunts me.

An Amazing Nun’s Life

Blog Published: June 8, 2010

The best part of the journey has been relating to so many people in so many ways — as a teacher, a school principal, a counselor, and now as coordinator of an outreach program.