For some time now, I've been concerned that while Pope Francis was awfully good at improving the tone of the church, he hasn't done much to actually change things. You know, by issuing Papal edicts.
What do you imagine the life of a nun looks like? As a child, you might have imagined the lifestyle of a cloistered nun to be similar to Julie Andrews' whimsical life in the abbey in the Sound of Music. Basically, your definition of a cloistered nun would include a lot of praying, singing, and helping each other out.
Jennifer Simard as Sister Mary Downy in Disaster!. Photo by: Jeremy Daniel Photography. On an evening back in 2013, I sat down with my best friend t...
When thinking of Catholic Sisters, the term "corporate stances" doesn't immediately come to mind. Prayer, spirituality, and ministry all exemplify the Dominican Sisters' charism, but so, too, does justice.
Being a nun opens up a unique way of life. One in which you can actually throw your whole self into your neighborhood, your work, your service. It's a communitarian way of life, but in a way that's freeing, not scary.
Here is a translation from the recently discovered Diary of Buddha, originally scratched onto leaves of grass by an exact and lavish hand. The entry seems to come just shortly before a historic decision to allow females into the Sangha.
If I'm judgmental of you, just because of how you breathe and who you are, that anger will consume me and I can't be myself. When folk hate or reject LGBT people, it affects the person who is doing the hating.
As Pope Francis visits the United States many church watchers will be curious to learn of any current project our reforming pontiff may have in mind respecting the future role of Catholic women.
These philanthropists are another group who will be looking for inspiration and challenge from the Holy Father on his visit to the United States.
Even at 21, and at the pinnacle of our materialistic lives, we were touched by this simple reflection. To be able to see one's flaws, however small, is a trait of the highest order. Even though Sister Lucy had given up everything and committed her life to serving others.
I have often heard monks and nuns being made fun of. As a child, I myself might even have thought or did. Today I am ashamed. They are modern-day heroes. No. They have always been heroes. It's just that we, who are growing up in the Western world, do not see it, do not feel it.
Now and then I make visits, not visitations, to Catholic premises, usually university campuses. I started doing so in the years of the Second Vatican Council, some 50 years ago.
On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 16, I will remember the six million. And I will remember the afternoon I spent recently with a group of nuns -- an encounter that surprised me and gave me hope.
Through simultaneously preserving Tibet's wisdom tradition and encouraging women to embrace and thrive through knowledge acquisition she is not only empowering Tibetan women, she is giving them the tools to empower themselves. Delek's work and outlook speak to the power of that lens.
People are baffled that my exterior -- a 27-year-old who used to work at Clinique and peruses Pinterest for fashion inspiration -- could reflect an interior longing for consecrated life and its seemingly antiquated vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience. Their questions have forced me to confront my self-image.
I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."