Category Archives: Saints

At Night

This is my view at night when I go home. First, walking past the altar with the light setting on “night.” Just eight small lamps shine on the platform. One post hits the far wall. The two saint shrines: Thomas … Continue reading

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St Ignatius on Respect

I’ve been reading Joseph Tetlow’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Part of number 22 reads: Every good Christian is more ready to find a correct meaning in a neighbor’s statement than to reject it as erroneous. If we … Continue reading

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Doctors and Jewels

Mary Carroll’s article in the Spring 2013 issue of Spiritual Life explores a mash-up of two pieces of personal interest. The four doctors of the church who happen to be women. And as the son of a jeweler, gem stones. Did I … Continue reading

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Facing Others in Ministry

I was reading an excellent article in the journal Emmanuel by Father Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker. As I was reading “Preaching: Facing the Other: St Peter-Julian Eymard’s Approach” it struck me how apt the notion of facing people serves the deepest … Continue reading

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Observing St Ignatius

A quick perusal of Jesuit sites will find any number of ways Ignatian devotees are observing the founder’s feast today. Me, I have a nursing home prayer service to lead in less than two hours. Mass tonight with the students. … Continue reading

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From The Abbey, To The Farthest Boundaries

One evening at last week’s retreat, one of the monks opened up the side chapels in the basement of the abbey church for the retreatants to tour. Community artists contributed crucifixes and images of saints for many of the side rooms … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Anne Hutchinson

Liam suggested we look at Anne Hutchinson. I was unsuccessful in talking him into writing her up for us. So I’ll take a stab at it. As a figure of prominence in American history there is literally a ton of … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Ramabai

Setting: 19th century India. Against tradition and with no small amount of peer disapproval Anant Shastri introduced his daughter to religious texts. He schooled her in Sanskrit plus modern languages of the subcontinent. At the age of twenty Ramabai astounded intellectuals at … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marcella Pattyn

Guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn gives us a look into someone who was the last of a unique group of women that began in the Middle Ages. During the 12th century, groups of women began to form for common life; … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marie-Marguerite d’Youville

First Canadian-born saint, and a very fitting woman to recognize on Canada Day. Like many women, she defied conventions of her culture by reaching out to and serving the poor. Beyond the confines of a cloister chapel. There are many … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Laura Montoya Upegui

Last year, I think I did a bit better with a greater variety of witnesses for religious freedom around the world. This year, I think we have a number of women who were advocates for people whose spiritual lives were … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Katharine Drexel

Emerging from the shadows of American racism, Katharine Drexel had a remarkable and fruitful witness to religious freedom, civil rights, and Roman Catholicism in the United States. Today’s worthy woman never knew her birth mother. Hannah died when her daughter was … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hadewijch of Brabant

We continue to explore the overlap of faith, freedom, and “worthy women” from the centuries and from around the world. We met a few beguines last year in this series. Let’s meet another standout. We have to admit that we … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Nano Nagle

My staff colleague Sister Lorraine, who will be retiring in a few days, was sharing over supper last night the story of her community‘s founder, Honora “Nano” Nagle. When I read a bit more about her life late last night, … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Paula of Rome

I think we have yet to encounter a woman from antiquity in this series. So let’s celebrate one today. Paula shared a life profile with many women saints. She was a wealthy noblewoman who enjoyed luxury. She married young. She … Continue reading

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