Poverty

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

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 Vow of Poverty

Blog Published: January 3, 2007

In a recent comment, Marilyn asked what I think of the vow of poverty. She pointed out the different meanings of the word poverty: 1) lacking resources and 2) renouncing the right to individual ownership. The vow of poverty has more to do with the second meaning.

The New-To-Me Nun Car

Blog Published: August 24, 2009

One of the first things I noticed when I started hanging out with nuns (aside from their beautiful spirit!) is that there is such a thing as a Nun Car. It seemed that most of the cars in our fleet (kind of like the Spanish Armada of Nun Transport) were either Geo Prisms or Neons. As time went on I saw some Ford Focuses and Chevy Cavaliers in the mix and now we have some Toyota Prius hybrid cars which reflects our growing awareness of the environment and our care for all of God’s creation.

AS153 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, in St. Paul, Minn.

Podcast Recorded: March 6, 2014

AS153 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on March 6, 2014, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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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.

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.’”

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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