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The nice thing about the human body is that it wears out. It wears down.

July 22 is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the apostles.”

July 22 is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the apostles.”

On July 11, we celebrate the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia.

One of the great Benedictine virtues is “enoughness.” The interesting thing about enoughness is that it is not imbued in the monastic by a chart or canon of weights and measures, as in  “You may ha

John Dryden, 17th century English poet, once wrote, “Good people starve for want of impudence.” It is a prophet’s mantra. Prophecy, Dryden implies, is not simply a matter of mindless risk.

In a culture where change is swift and common, in a world where movement is global and given, in a society where three careers and two marriages are commonplace, the very notion of fidelity s

Changing the way we go about life is not all that difficult. We all do it all the time. We change jobs, states, houses, relationships, lifestyles over and over again as the years go by.

Once upon a time, there was an elder who was respected for his piety and virtue.

There is a magnet in a seeker’s heart whose true north is God.

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi could have been a Benedictine.

“The true division of humanity,” Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables, “is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness.” Victor Hugo, it seems, understood Easter.

What is worse than the actual event of death is the awareness of the degree of loss that comes with it.

Throughout March, Women’s History Month, Vision and Viewpoint will highlight some of Joan Chittister’s most prophetic writings about women’s rights and contemporary feminist spirituality.

Clearly, a woman’s real problem lies just as much in being too revered as it does in being too reviled.