Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Happiness is within, not without

Today is Ash Wednesday in case it isn't known already. With my pre-Lent preparations, I've been busy and not posted at all and with Mass looming at 12:10, this will be short.

By John Thorne | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

ROME – In 2003, Cristina Pavone, left her Dublin, Ireland, apartment, her boyfriend, and her steady job with Hertz Rent-a-Car, and went home to Italy to join a Franciscan order. Last summer, she took her final vows and became a cloistered nun.

Today, Sister Cristina, 31, lives with 179 other monks and nuns at a small red-brick monastery north of Rome. She reads, does chores, meets visitors, and prays five times daily, starting at 3 a.m.

"I was far from God," she says quietly, wrapping her hands around a hot mug in the monastery's drafty dining hall. "I experimented with everything you can experiment with to find happiness. Now that I've left everything, I've found everything."

Read the complete article New fervor among young Italian Catholics.

In addition to Italian young people, the Anchoress has a post in the flowering of vocations here in the US that is worth a look as it is quite heartening.


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