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The Mystery of Call

2021-08-09T20:32:06+00:00Aug 9, 2021|Categories: Art & Essays|

This talk, originally given as a plenary address at the Religious Brothers Conference on July 13th, 2021, has been revised into essay form. In it, Br. Jack Henn, GHM reflects on his 45 years as a religious brother, sharing some of his joys, struggles, and hope for the future [...]

Rebel Hearts Review

2021-07-17T13:48:57+00:00Jul 17, 2021|Categories: Art & Essays|

Pedro Kos's recent documentary on the IHM nuns of southern California, Rebel Hearts, deftly utilizes binaries to examine the congregation as it discerned how to deal with the tumult of the 1960s, Vatican II, and significant conflicts with their local cardinal-bishop. In this review, Bethany J. Welch, PhD reflects [...]

Knowing Your Aspirants

2021-06-28T13:28:40+00:00Jun 24, 2021|Categories: Art & Essays|

What are some tested practices and questions a vocation promoter might use when speaking with people who are interested in religious life? In this essay, Br. Tom Kearney, CFC reflects on his years of experience as a vocation promoter and shares some of his best practices for ensuring that [...]

The Consecrated Life In the Light of Dante’s Sun: On the Occasion of Pope Francis’s Candor Lucis Aeternae

2021-05-06T20:33:26+00:00May 6, 2021|Categories: Art & Essays|

Dante is not often thought of as a source that can speak to religious life. Yet, Pope Francis has recommended him to become better known in his recent letter Candor Lucis Aeternae, published on the 25th anniversary of Vita Consecrata. In this essay, Fr. Stephen Pepper, CSC draws a number of parallels [...]

Christ Appearing to the Magdalen

2021-04-07T15:17:58+00:00Apr 4, 2021|Categories: Art & Essays|

This engraving by Martin Schongauer depicts a moment from Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of John 20:17-18: Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to [...]

St. Peter, Repentant

2021-03-31T19:20:53+00:00Apr 3, 2021|Categories: Art & Essays|

This painting, by Georges de la Tour, depicts St. Peter at some unknown point after the night and morning leading up to Jesus' death, possibly even as early as Holy Saturday, repentant for his repeated denials of knowing Jesus. Although Christ forgave his betrayal, Peter was consumed by guilt. La [...]

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