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To Seek God

From Sister Joan Chittister’s book, The Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life: …Mother Sylvester, my first prioress, made two trips to our novitiate yearly. In both of them, she came to ask us only one question. Patience was her hallmark; she tutored us with measured steps. In fact, she viewed with […]

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I live in community and know first hand the value of communal life. My religious sisters have taught me much about the love of God. Even Christians who are not called to religious life, however, learn the importance of community in one form or another (though this may not be community under one roof), since […]

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The Soul of Prayer

Between 1877 and 1926, the Cenacle had only one Superior General: Mother Marie-Aimée Lautier.  Imagine! 49 years leading the congregation.  (Today twelve years is the limit.) Many changes took places during her time, including opening thirty Cenacles in several countries. Several of these communities were in the United States. One thing that did not change, […]

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Visit This House

We chanted the following prayer tonight, and I thought you might also like to pray it.  For those familiar with Compline, you will recognize the first two and the last two lines.  The other sources of the prayer are multiple. Visit this house, O God, that no evil may reside here. Cleanse our hearts and […]

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Living the Vows

The religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are anything but popular right now.  I was struck recently by Barry Gault’s essay, “Society Men: What I Learned from the Jesuits,” in the April 22 issue of Commonweal.  Gault is a psychiatrist, and his essay, using as examples his Jesuit high school and college professors, suggests […]

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