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power of Mary’s yes and the reper-
cussions it has in my own life-jour-
ney of Marianist brotherhood.
A choice and a commitment
i pray each day that i might live my
vocation faithfully to the mission
of the church and to the vision of
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade,
the founder of the Marianist family.
i often am asked why i chose such
a life and what keeps me in it. some
I have a longing
in my heart to be
of service that shares
the healing power
of Christ with the
spirit of Mary.
POPE JOHN PAUL II was famous for making silly faces at photographers. These pictures were a radical departure from the papal portraits in history books. That was the point: to humanize the papacy—and the
If you’d asked our late ski- and movie-enthusiast pope what he did for fun, he’d have likely countered:
What do you do? Most of us are limited only by our abilities, resources, and imagination concerning what
we do at playtime. I know some priests who keep bees. They sell “Holy Family Honey: Where the Glory Bees
Are Sweeter.” Another priest works on a pit crew at the local racetrack on Saturdays. A Paulist pastor has a
shoebox under his bed full of short stories he’s been writing, and not a
few screenplays. A Sister of Mercy loves to garden and gets up early for
Priests and religious brothers and sisters cook (some are
gourmets), travel, draw, sculpt, build furniture, read thriller novels, and gather friends for dinner
parties. They play soccer, basketball, racquetball, and beach volleyball. (Warning: They play for keeps,
so be careful.) They go fishing. They take night classes in subjects that intrigue them. They crochet
(not all of these are women) and hang glide (not all of these are men).
What it comes down to is that folks in religious life are basically folks. Sure, a lot of people
in religious life take their vacations in the Holy Land, or go on pilgrimages to Rome, Lourdes, and
Fatima. During their travels, though, they may not be reading Thomas Merton but the latest thriller.
—By Alice Camille, from Questions Catholics Ask on VocationNetwork.org
A sad nun is a bad nun.
—SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Pope John Paul II eyes the camera.
Sisters enjoying gelato in Rome.
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WHAT DO PEOPLE IN RELIGIOUS LIFE DO FOR FUN?