When Doing Less is More

By Belle. One of my favourite passages in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) recounts an incident between Alice and the Red Queen. The Red Queen starts to run, holding Alice by the hand. The Queen keeps crying...

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Asperges Me: Autism and Religious Life

By Penny. Written for Autism Acceptance Month, April 2019. ‘I am very pleased with Marie; she is a great comfort to me. I only wish my poor Léonie were more like her. I cannot understand her character; the wisest sages would be out of their depth with her. But I hope...

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The Path is Not Always Straight

By Rosemary Kate. Recently, I was invited to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I knew nothing about her, but who doesn’t like attending a special Mass with great pomp and circumstance?...

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Lives of Holiness After Vocational Disappointment

By Rosie-Gertie Whether or not a person who leaves religious life discerned that on her own, it may feel like a disappointment on some level. Here you were, ready to give yourself away in the life of religious vows, and now you are no longer in the community you...

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Greener Grasses

By Sean O'Neill. So heed me now, though all my quondam whimpers rise From darknesses and little deaths You did despise, Or seemed to. Your tremendous volte-face preyed each year Upon my gullibility to bend Your ear And racked this ruined soul with frames of phantom...

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On the Threshold of Something Beautiful

By Cate (re-printed with kind permission from her blog Seeking Sunflowers) . I turned right one street before I needed to—the route that led to my old apartment. Shoot, I thought to myself. I'm already running late, and now I have to drive around the block and lose...

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Desert Poem

By Katita Luisa "Go to the desert and you'll understand”. So I went there this year. I dipped my toes in that hot sand and out of love for Him, I was soon all in with each grain rubbing against me, scratching and removing what I wanted most, purifying me and my dreams...

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I Wish I Had Loved Her More

By Girasol I was sitting at a table happily conversing with a group of girlfriends when I saw her walk in. She had made some attempt to look put-together, though her puffy eyes and downcast demeanor implied otherwise. I knew she struggled emotionally and had a lot of...

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Stained Glass

By M. Cabri Over a year and a half ago when I left a religious community, everything in my life seemed to be broken. My family seemed to have fallen apart while I was thousands of miles away, and I could not seem to maintain emotional equilibrium. I alternated between...

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Giving Thanks

by Theresa In the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving. It's a great time to stop and express gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. It's also a great chance for me to reflect on this day a few years ago. I returned to lay life not long before...

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