“Uphold me, Lord”

In the current (May/June) issue of Lay Witness is an article by Sr. Maria-Walburga, a member of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga in Colorado, about the call to be a bride of Christ. Something she mentions is the posture of the monastics as they profess their vows–the “orans” stance. As Sr. Maria-Walburga says, “It’s […]

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Living Icons

This past weekend ZENIT published a most uplifting interview with Sr. Catherine Marie Hopkins of the Nashville Dominicans. The entire interview, worth reading in full, may be viewed here.¬† What follows is an excerpt of the interview, in which Sister responds to a question regarding the keys to fostering vocations. Her answer is solid and […]

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

I just received in the mail two brand new titles from BlueBridge Books, an imprint of United Tribes Media. One is entitled The Great Medieval Heretics: Five Centuries of Religious Dissent, by Michael Frassetto. The other one is entitled The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, by Sr. Joan Chittister. Publishers do these things, and […]

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Abstinence and Red Carpets

With all the bad press that abstinence and chastity receive, it’s nice to hear some good news. This time it comes in the form of two new U.S. studies that “provide encouraging findings about abstinence education.” Check it out. And from Poland, a creative way to spotlight religious life: The Catholic University of Lublin hosted […]

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Will Shields and the Objective Superiority of Consecrated Life

As Pope John Paul II affirmed in his 1996 apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata (Consecrated Life), “Christian tradition has always spoken of the objective superiority of the consecrated life” (no. 18). In today’s “tyranny of relativism,” there is a built-in suspicion¬†of any and all claims to objective truth. But in this particular case, even some faithful […]

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