News in Vocations

Do nuns know how to be attractive?

Do nuns know how to be attractive?

by: Diem Ngoc - UCANews in Religious,

 Nuns are also women and the symbol of beauty, so I am sometimes asked why I do not wear make-up or whether I need to nourish my skin as I am about to take solemn vows. I am touched by some people’s tender care of me. Those questions give me an opportunity to ask myself whether, as a nun, I am still beautiful and becoming more and more attractive to people, especially God.

Pope appears at Vatican audience in wheelchair

Pope appears at Vatican audience in wheelchair

by: CNS in Religious,

While the sisters should “not be afraid in this search for new ministries and new ways of exercising authority evangelically”, they should take care that it not be “a theoretical and ideological search – ideologies mutilate the Gospel – but a search that starts from approaching the feet of wounded humanity and walking alongside wounded brothers and sisters, beginning with the sisters of your communities”.

Maria Montessori: ‘The child is the savior of humanity’

Maria Montessori: ‘The child is the savior of humanity’

by: Giancarlo Pani SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Lay,

 On the occasion of the International Congress for the 150th anniversary of Maria Montessori’s birth, Pope Francis called her “one of the most eminent figures of the cultural scene of the 20th century, who left a profound mark on education and on society as a whole […] for the construction of a more fraternal and peaceful world. […] May this significant anniversary encourage generous dedication in favor of the new generations, to form people of solidarity, citizens of the world open to dialogue and acceptance.”

John Wilkins, former Tablet editor, dies aged 85

John Wilkins, former Tablet editor, dies aged 85

by: Patrick Hudson - The Tablet in Lay,

John Wilkins, former editor of The Tablet, has died aged 85. He joined the paper as assistant editor in 1967, before leaving to work as a BBC producer, and returned as editor in 1982 shortly after the pastoral visit of St John Paul II.  He retired with the Christmas issue in 2003, after 21 years which saw circulation almost tripled.Born 20 December 1936, Wilkins was a scholar at Clifton College and Clare College, Cambridge, and did National Service in the Gloucestershire Regiment. He began his career at the ecumenical journal Frontier.

Just war theory and why Ukraine has a right to defend itself

Just war theory and why Ukraine has a right to defend itself

by: Anna Floerke Schied, Tobias Winright - The Tablet in Discernment,

 Two Catholic moral theologians consider the ethics of taking up arms in self-defence against an overwhelmingly superior military force. The courageous and inspirational Ukrainians are responding to Russia’s invasion of their country with both nonviolent and armed resistance.

Alive… and no time to lose

Alive… and no time to lose

by: Timothy Radcliffe - The Tablet in Religious,

It can take a brush with death and an experience of total dependency on others to open a window into a deeper sense of who we are and what we are here for. I celebrate this Christmas and New Year with extra delight. Not just because I am still alive after major surgery, but because I have learnt a little more of what it means to live. I hesitated to write about my illness.

Victims in the cloisters: from grace to blasphemy

Victims in the cloisters: from grace to blasphemy

by: Erik Varden - The Tablet in Religious,

Thanks to Philip Gröning’s 2005 film Into Great Silence, that most unlikely of box office successes, La Grande Chartreuse widely evokes associations not just of exquisite liqueurs but of radical monastic life. The head monastery of the Carthusian order, it lies high in the French Alps, near Grenoble.

Spirituality and Psychology

Spirituality and Psychology

by: Dominique Salin, SJ-La Civiltà Cattolica in Discernment,

Many people in the Church in France are concerned about the dangers of deviation and manipulation present in certain retreats, meetings or prayer groups that offer “psycho-spiritual” therapies. These practices, coming largely from overseas, raise fundamental questions: Should we recognize boundaries between the spiritual and the psychological? Which ones? On what basis?

 
It's high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence

It's high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence

by: Myron J. Pereira, Mumbai - UCANews in Religious,

A recent report commissioned by the Conference of Religious Women in India, "It’s High Time, Women Religious speak up on Gender Justice in the Indian Church," edited by Hazel D’Lima, Cletus Zuzarte and Pallavi Xalxo, brings this out sharply. The hierarchy of the Church, the report says, is steeped in patriarchy. This contributes in no small way to its oppression of all women — but to religious sisters in particular. 

Do former religious deserve such discrimination?

Do former religious deserve such discrimination?

by: Cao Gia An, SJ - UCAN (hdgmvietnam.com) in Religious,

Religious life is a bumpy road and both the 'successful' and the 'failures' need prayers, love and support. Do you see something wrong when people compare ex-religious with the devil and ghosts? There are many unfair prejudices and blatant discrimination against former religious in Vietnamese culture.