- Published in Saints of the Month
Pope Francis has called us to celebrate our religious brothers and sisters in 2015
Last December a reality series called “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” aired on television. Maybe the show piqued your curiosity — it did mine, and I have to admit that I had a negative opinion of it before even watching the first episode. I assumed that it would be impossible for a secular reality show to portray religious vocations with depth or truthfulness.
WASHINGTON - U.S. women religious welcomed the conciliatory tone of a Vatican report on religious life and appreciated acknowledgement of the important ministry that they practice day in and day out in the life of the church.
VATICAN CITY - Leaving their habits behind and disguised along with police in regular clothes, a small group of three or four nuns raid brothels in Kolkata, India, at night, snatching young women and girls as young as 12 from the clutches of their captors.
WASHINGTON - Sister Lisa Maurer is a Benedictine nun who lives at the St. Scholastica Monastery, which shares a campus with the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She works at the Benedictine Health Center next to the monastery, serving senior members of the community. She prays, studies and ministers at local parishes.
"The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought and Writing" by Daniel P. Horan, OFM. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2014). 288 pp., $16.95.
You're probably thinking, "Merton wasn't a Franciscan; he was a Trappist." And you're right.