Religion: Vocation of a Benedictine

Dressed in rough, blue denim work clothes, the Benedictine nuns of St. Louis du Temple were busy one day last week plastering the walls of their new convent at Limon, near Paris. As they worked, a nun in full habit picked her way through the chaos of scaffolding, pipes and plaster, and the others turned to look at her with sharp interest. Even the Mère Abbesse showed special respect. The abbess pointed to the outline of a Gothic window above a freshly mortared chapel wall: "And there, Mère Geneviève, we shall need three large windows."

Intently and seriously, Mère Geneviève studied the...

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