“Hippies, Self-Sacrifice and the Disappearance of Nuns”

How many brothers do you know who priests today? There are probably quite a few but how many of them are twins!?! Fr. Joel and Fr. Benjamin who studied next door to the IRL at Mundelein Seminary and are converts to the faith, are at least one example!

On their blog, brotherpriests.com, they have an interesting commentary on the disappearance of religious sisters and cloistered nuns from the landscape of our country. They describe the exodus as driven by the need for self-fulfillment versus self-sacrificing. I also look at it as filling myself up with me as opposed to letting myself be emptied so as to fill up with God.

It’s well worth a read because the same tendency that has negatively impacted religious life is one that they astutely point out is affecting marriage. People leaving a good, faithful spouse to “find themselves.”

“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. (Mt 10:39)

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