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Habit by Mary

The religious habit: It’s what separates, on sight, the laity from the professed religious (and, for that matter, the secular clergy.) And of the dozens and dozens of religious orders, congregations, and societies, only a very few wear a…

Anomie

Anomie: noun an·o·mie \ˈa-nə-mē\ personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals It was a very hot Saturday afternoon in the middle of August in 1940. I was walking down New York City's Ninth…

800 Years of Preaching the Gospel

St. Dominic’s mission in life was revealed to him during the 12th century as he accompanied Spanish Bishop Diego de Acebo on a diplomatic trip to France for Alfonso IX, king of Castile.  Passing through southern France, Dominic met an…

Meet the Sisters of Life

In November 1998, Cardinal O’Connor wrote a column for Catholic New York entitled “Help Wanted: Sisters of Life.” After hundreds of letters in response, in 1991 eight women entered what became the Sisters of Life. Inspired by Cardinal…

Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor live a hidden life of service to the elderly poor. They have houses in 31 countries, and their foundress, Jeanne Jugan, was canonized by Pope Benedict in 2009. Sister Mary Bernard, lSP, was a superior in…

Confession

For those of us who want to become saints, the Church tells us to “frequent the sacraments.” What does this really mean, though? There are, after all, seven. Should we become regular “wedding crashers”? No. “Frequent the…