Visum Monachae

  • Visum Monachae… On Intellectual Freedom

    by - Apr 7, 2017
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu Last month, protesters shouted Charles Murray off the podium at Middlebury College, an elite school in Vermont. A controversial social scientist, he had been invited to speak by a Middlebury student organization....
  • Visum Monachae… on Sister Myths

    by - Mar 31, 2017
    By Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu A student flagged me down on my way to a meeting. “Sister Edith,” she said tentatively, “is it really true that…” She named a Sister Myth: fake news about the Benedictine...
  • Visum Monachae… On Lent Myths #2

    by - Mar 3, 2017
    Sister Edith Bogue Lent begins this week: St. Benedict’s favorite season of the Church year. He told his monks that “all of life should be a continual Lent.” With some sorrow, he admitted that “nowadays” (the...
  • Visum Monachae…On Resolutions

    by - Feb 3, 2017
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu New Year’s Resolutions. Can you even remember yours? Surveys show that most Americans break or abandon their resolutions within a month. Many don’t remember if they made one. Is it our fault...
  • Visum Monachae…On Gifts

    by - Dec 9, 2016
    Sister Edith ebogue@css.edu I remember every detail of Christmas from my first year in college, more than 40 years ago. Back then, teenagers were an especially rebellious lot, myself included. Anything our parents liked, we considered...
  • Visum Monachae… On Hope

    by - Dec 2, 2016
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu “Hope” is such a common word that we don’t notice when it’s said. If you listen to everyday speech, you will hear dozens of hopes. We describe our desires for events we...
  • Visum Monachae…On Panic

    by - Nov 11, 2016
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu I have been talking with students over the last week. I noticed the sound of panic’s leading edge in their voices. In September, they saw a vast expanse of time to do...
  • Visum Monachae…On Finding a Calling

    by - Nov 4, 2016
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu At the end of the presidential campaign four years ago, I wrote a column encouraging everyone to vote. “Even if you are not enthusiastic about either presidential candidate,” I said, “your vote...
  • Visum Monachae…On Competitiveness

    by - Oct 28, 2016
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu A Jesuit friend’s casual comment came to mind as I’ve pondered our polarized elections. We were talking about community living, especially our own challenges and struggles. “I get competitive,” he said. His...
  • Visum Monachae… On Cheerfulness

    by - Oct 21, 2016
    Sister Edith Bogue ebogue@css.edu I hesitate to write about cheerfulness. Our days are filled with deadlines, dilemmas and disappointments. The world struggles with war, climate change, and abject poverty. What’s there to be cheerful about? Many...