“Thus monastic chastity is completed in love, just as the sacrament of marriage is consummated in love.” —Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Of all the monastic virtues I have written about so far, monastic Chastity (celibacy) most often makes religious life and married life seem worlds apart. AsPatriarch Bartholomew once said, “It is, therefore, unfortunate that centuries of negative connotations ascribed to […]
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“Come, let us bless Joseph of eternal memory, * Who came to Pilate by night, * Who begged for the life of all * ‘Give me this stranger, who has no place to lay his head!’” (Sticheron from Jerusalem Matins) A borrowed tomb is where the Savior of all was laid to rest. This stranger among men was born in […]
We all know there is a vocations crisis in the Church. We have a shortage of priests, deacons, and religious. Fewer people than ever want to get married or stay married (I would also add, there is a shortage of single people who are living out holy lives). To add to the problem, there is a lot of talk about discerning one’s […]
From Pope Francis: All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the pope said Nov. 19 at his weekly general audience. Holiness is something […]