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8/18/2016 6:47:00 PM
Route to holiness?
Nuns clap and take pictures as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 10. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)
Nuns clap and take pictures as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 10. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

We are clearly out of grace, but why? Perhaps  it’s “the universal call to holiness.”

For instance, where have all our teaching sisters gone?

The Lord calls us all to be saints, certainly, but is there no privileged way? The influential theological avant-garde and their many disciples think not. But this contradicts our Lord: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers . . . will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matt 19:29).

Missing, then, is the preacher who will brave the wrath of parents and cry out “full throated and unsparingly” with St. Bernard of Clairvaux that “in religious life one lives more purely, falls more rarely. . . receives more graces . . . dies more calmly and in Heaven receives a greater reward.”

To say nothing of depriving many young women of a swifter, easier route to holiness, this failure to echo Our Lord and to promote religious life has — among many, many other things — deprived our children of teaching sisters and their wonderful, formative influence. It shows.

Lee Gilbert
Milwaukie







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