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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.

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Cleaning out the attic: sacramentals and mementos

Blog Published: May 21, 2013

As a Catholic sister professing the vow of poverty, I have divested myself of all possessions, even the Clifford the Big Red Dog books that I adored as a child. Yet even without that vow, it felt like this stuff was never really mine to begin with. Maybe it’s because they had served their purpose, maybe because they were like sacramentals signifying something greater than the thing itself.

AS124 Ask Sister – salary reNUNeration for sisters, feeling lonely at church, nun fashion tips for air travel, a very nunly Advent

Podcast Recorded: December 12, 2012

AS124 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on December 13, 2012. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: salary reNUNeration, feeling lonely at church, getting involved in parish life, nun fashion tips for air travel, and a very nunly Advent!

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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.

AS051 Ask Sister – awesome cool stuff v. vow of poverty, Roman Missal, tattoos, converts, prayer, transfer nuns

Podcast Recorded: December 3, 2010

AS051 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on December 3, 2010. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: cool stuff v. vow of poverty, understanding changes to Roman Missal, tattoos, converting and becoming a nun, prayer, transfer nuns, and more!

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AS033 Ask Sister – choosing from the many religious orders, nuns and orphanages, vows essential to religious life?, a novelist’s nun character

Podcast Recorded: July 9, 2010

AS033 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on July 9, 2010. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: choosing from many religious orders, nuns and orphanages, vows essential to religious life?, a novelist’s nun character, age to enter, and more!

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AS023 Ask Sister – monastery live-ins, women deacons, modesty, poverty, nuns teaching, and more!

Podcast Recorded: April 30, 2010

AS023 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on April 30, 2010. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Topics include: monastery live-ins, women deacons, becoming a nun, teaching in universities, modesty in dress, sisterhood, poverty, discernment, and more!

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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.