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Archive for category Religious life

New Habits for the New Year?: Updated

“We wanted to go back to the essence of the message of the habit: we are one with the people around us.”

The Monks of St. John’s File in for Prayer

Do you know who the “artist suffering the visually illiterate” is? How about the “two determined liturgists”?

Pope Francis: Monasteries Are Oases

Pope Francis says today’s society “is increasingly showing its need of mercy” and described Benedictine monasteries “as oases of spirituality” where people can obtain that mercy.

The Monastic Vocation: A Pilgrimage through Redeemed Time

For today’s Solemnity of Saint Benedict, we offer this reflection on the monastic vocation and profession.

Massimo Faggioli on Iuvenescit Ecclesia

This letter of the CDF under Francis is a new appraisal of the role given to the movements by his two predecessors.

The Sea of Lake Sagatagan

The Stella Maris Chapel, dedicated to Mary, Star of the Sea, sits tantalizingly within sight across the lake from the Abbey Guest House. It seems to be situated just around the corner…except, let us not forget that we are in Minnesota. Not only are there a lot of lakes, but there are a lot of big lakes.

Pope Francis on Vocations

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations released yesterday by the Vatican, Pope Francis drew a comparison between the vocation to the priesthood and religious life and the experience of the “exodus.”

Worn Out Days

In the years that have followed the second council of the Vatican many aspects of our life have changed. And we might add, they needed to change in a radical manner.

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Pastoral Difficulties with Recently Ordained Priests

Training of priests must be “a work of art, not a police action. We must form their hearts. Otherwise we are creating little monsters.” – Pope Francis

2014 in Review: Viewpoint

Throughout 2014 we were pleased to offer the regular contributions of Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, and his Viewpoint column, distributed by the Catholic News Agency. Here’s a list of those (always interesting and sometimes a bit controversial) entries, from January to December.