07Nov Ordination of married men would cause other major changes within the church

Soline Humbert recommended this recent article by Joan Chittister OSB in NCR as worthwhile reading.

Joan argues that 'if Pope Francis takes the question of married men seriously, that could, for a change, lead to real change'.
..."young unmarried women see little or no place for themselves in the male church." ..."So pollsters track them as they go somewhere else seeking spiritual nourishment or, just as likely, go nowhere at all. Disillusioned with the gap between Christian teaching and Catholic practice on equality, religion has little meaning for them now. In a world where secular institutions are more likely to recognize the fullness of a woman's humanity than the church does, church does not interest them much anymore. "
"I am convinced that until the women's question is addressed in the church, the numbers will continue to decline, and the church will fail in the 21st century"

07Nov 22nd Dec. Tuesday in Week 4 of Advent

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:24-28

Hannah dedicates her young son to a life of service to God

When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin … Read the rest

07Nov 7th November. Saturday of Week 31.

Saint Willibrord, bishop and missionary (see below).

1st Reading: Romans 16:3-9 etc

Greeting Paul’s co-workers, and praise of God’s unfolding plan

Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, and who risked their necks for my life, … Read the rest