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aNunsLife.org is founded on the belief that each person is called by God to a vocation that enriches the individual and benefits the world. Our mission is to help people discover and grow in their vocation by engaging questions about God, faith, and religious life.

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 (1:30)  About our guest, Sister Shannon Schrein: College Theology Society, OSF leadership team, singer of national anthem at the ballpark.

(5:30)  Listener question: Why do some Catholic websites list women saints as “martyrs” and “virgins” but men saints as only “martyrs”? 

(10:30) Therese of Lisieux’s little ways of holiness. 

(20:00) Listener question: In the bible, why did Abel give God the “fatty portion”? That doesn’t sound very good. 

(23:00) Practices of sacrifice: Abraham and Isaac.

(29:00) Does God lead us into temptation to test us?

(31:00) Theodicy and why bad things happen to good people: Job.

(35:00) Transformed by encounter with Jesus: Samaritan woman.

(42:00) Listener question: I’ve fallen into “default prayer” mode. What can I do? 

(44:00) Jesus’ prayer life and the psalms. 

(47:00) Sister Shannon’s favorite default prayer. 

(49:00) Expressing all our emotions to God: Jeremiah.

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In this Random Nun Clip, a listener wonders if God's call can ever lead to doing the wrong thing. Hear the full Ask Sister podcast , with hosts Sister Maxine and Almost-Sister Jane.

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(2:24) Meaning of the image of the blood of Christ. 

(4:00) Boyfriend, senator, nun – how did you make the choice? 

(8:30) Differences, dismay, and delight in ministry in South Korea.

(13:00) Making God’s love tangible as a professor and college president. 

(15:00) The Center of Hope and in the Immigrant Family Support Network. 

(21:00) Adorers’ spirituality and their land ethic. 

(25:32) 25th anniversary of the five Adorers missionary sisters martyred in Liberia. 

(31:00) Listener question: Why doesn’t God help me concentrate on prayer?

(38:00) Listener question: If God calls you in one direction, is it risky if you ignore it? 

(44:30) Adorers’ Life Choices program to help people discern God’s calling.



Direct download: AS198-jul-20-2017-asc-wichita.mp3
Category:Ask Sister -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

In this Random Nun Clip, Sister Maxine and Almost-Sister Jane talk about the church and interplanetary faith relationships. Hear the full Ask Sister podcast AS197 on our website.

Direct download: RNC-AS197-jun-21-2017-religion-questions-ET.mp3
Category:Random Nun Clips -- posted at: 7:59am EDT

In this Random Nun Clip, Sister Cynthia Canning, SNJM, talks about helping people strive for their full potential. Hear the full Motherhouse Road Trip podcast with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on our website at aNunsLife.org.

Direct download: RNC-AS190-oct-21-2016-SNJM-CampbellCa-Development-Person.mp3
Category:Random Nun Clips -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

In this Random Nun Clip, Sister Cecilia Marie Fausto talks about grace, prayer, and the practice of begging. Check out the Motherhouse Road Trip for the full podcast and for pics from the trip, our travel journal, and lots more from our visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile, Alabama. 

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(1:42) Visit to the amazing Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

(6:00) Listener question: What happens if you follow God’s calling but feel guilty about it?

(11:43) Guilt vs. sin vs. social expectations.

(15:00) Giving people the space to grow with you in your vocation.

(18:50) Soon-to-be-Sister Jane talks about upcoming novitiate.

(20:10) I’m not a nun but want to have a nun-like life of service—how can I do that?

(21:35) A"nunly" disposition of service.

(25:00) Praying the newspaper, praying the newsfeed.

(28:00) How the tradition of religious life helps people even if they’re not nuns.

(29:30) Listener question: What’s the right age to enter religious life, and what if I need to wait?

(34:00) Listener question: If there’s intelligent life on other planets, what questions would you ask them about religion?

(38:12) Insights from Battlestar Gallactica (if it’s in the movies, it must be real, right…).

(44:00) First nun in space?

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In this Random Nun Clip, we talk about Ordinary Time and why it's so awesome. Hear the full Ask Sister podcast at AS192.

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In this Random Nun Clip, a listener asks what it means to speak in tongues and how would you know if you're doing that. Hear the full Ask Sister podcast at AS187.

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(2:26) Religious comic books for spiritual inspiration. 

(7:00) Call to vocation continues over a lifetime. 

(9:00) Powerful relationship between joy, justice, and community. 

(13:00) How experiences of other cultures transform the lives of Sisters of Loretto.    

(16:00)  EarthLinks, a ministry to connect economically poor people with one another and with the earth.

(19:40) What it means to, like Mary, stand at the foot of the cross with people who suffer.

(26:00) Listener asks about prayer in the Loretto tradition: “We give you glory, thanks and praise. Oh bless our works and guide our ways.”

(28:00) Why it’s awesome to be a Sister of Loretto. 

(31:00) Listener senses a call from God to be a healer, but worries he’ll have to give up his livelihood on the street. 

(36:00)  Listener wonders if God is using guilt to send her a message about eloping.

(41:00)  Listener asks if he sends a gift to a nun, can she keep it or must she share it with all the other nuns.

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