Nuns offer more than just prayers, they are steeped in wisdom and impart powerful lessons for the present moment. To make sense of the nonsense, I turned to my aunt, a Catholic nun and the Sisters in her community. Join me, your host Megan Bell, as we make pancakes, watch Netflix, tweet, sit still, seek, and sing to song birds. The veils are off as we explore everything from anxiety to intimacy, prayer to politics and poverty to justice.
S1:E5 HAVE A HEART
“If you spend time regretting, you are not living in the present and you're allowng the past to take over."
A gifted storyteller weaves in humor, memorable characters and a life lesson. A good story can teach us how to find wisdom and humor in the past, but remind us to live in the present. In this episode we meet Sister Angela McCarthy, CSJP. Angela is, herself, a memorable character and her stories begin with confusion while sailing on the Queen Mary when mischief sent her veil overboard and they end with the lesson of love.
S1:E4 A NEW PAIR OF SHOES
"Looking from here, our lives feel transient, transparent, shadowy and concerned with shadows."
In this episode we meet Sister Susan Dewitt, CSJP who at the age 50 became a nun. Walk along her journey as a seeker and a poet. Poets explore and understand the world through the gift of language and Sister Susan is no exception.
S1:E3 BAD HAIR DAYS
"Holiness isn't reserved...even Jesus had bad hair days."
In this episode we meet Sister Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP, Zen Master. Kathleen’s introspection comes from years of mountain climbing, and stillness…. in contemplative prayer and meditation. Join me as we explore her journey to zen and the power of not knowing.
Learn more about Kathleen's weekly meditation session at the Peace and Spirituality Center at St. Mary's on the Lake in Bellevue, Washington.
S1:E2 TWEETING PRAYERS TO TRUMP
“ I really would like history to know that during this time of turmoil and disrespect I have made a nonviolent attempt to be in relationship with the president of the United States.”
In this episode we sit down with Sister Susan Francois, CSJP. A generation X nun and an activist known as the "Nun Who Tweets a Daily Prayer to President Trump." Join me as we discuss pop culture, being a young nun and how to use your voice to speak truth to power.
Find Susan on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/susanfrancois
Read Susans blog here: Blog: https://susanandstjoseph.com
S1:E1 HOLY AND HUMAN
" I should be a very holy person for all that I've received spiritually. But I'm just a human being. And, it goes in slowly."
In this inaugural episode, meet my aunt Sister Sheila Lemieux, CSJP the leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and the catalyst for this podcast. Join me as we drive around New Jersey, make pancakes, and watch Netflix. My aunt and I discuss what it means to become and be a nun, a leader and fully human.
Find the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace at https://csjp.org
Just what I needed!
This podcast grounds you in humanity and the value of faith. When times are so challenging, Megan brings to life the catholic spirit in her aunt and her sisters. Each story helps remind us about the connections we all have.
Refreshing & Calming
Such a refreshing podcast. I have just listened to the first 2 episodes and will finish the rest. Megan has a very calming voice & the questions she asks her Aunt and the other nuns are thoughtful and yield great insights. The steadfast goodness in these nuns gives me hope.
Just discovered Megan’s podcast! Welcome breath of humor, honesty, simplicity and strength. The love and respect Megan has for her aunt and the nuns she speaks to is full and apparent. Thank you for sharing!