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The Paradox of Being Holy

There are two ways to be holy, but you wouldn’t know it from the things we say about those who are.


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Shrine Estée by Preda

There are people who labor all day in the worst of conditions—for instance, for the neediest people in the world. Call them saints; call them courageous; call them the “salt of the earth.” Indeed, they are. Then there are other people who see the conditions in which the neediest people in the world are left to live, and they work to see that those conditions are changed. And people denounce them for it. Call them unrealistic. Call them enablers. Call them unfaithful to their country—and even to their church. …

Joan D Chittister

Sister Joan D. Chittister OSB is a Benedictine nun, theologian, best-selling author, and speaker. She has served as prioress and Benedictine federation president, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women.


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