“There is nothing a woman cannot do when she knows that she is perfectly
understood at all times and that she is loved.”
- Mother Mary Francis
These words of our dear Mother Mary Francis are true for every woman, but especially so for one called to be the bride of Him who is Love. Father John Burns, a priest of the archdiocese of Milwaukee, has a particular vocation within his vocation to renew authentic women’s religious life and to restore a proper understanding of femininity in “the heart of the bride.”
Brideship and true femininity are necessary pillars for authentic religious life and for the well being of the Church. A religious sister is called to embody both of these in a very unique way, and Father John explains it beautifully in the following interview with Abiding Together Podcast.
Taking his inspiration from the writings of Mother Mary Francis, Father John explains that a vocation to be a nun is a call to be a bride and a mother, and that these can be adequately fulfilled only when there is a proper understanding of femininity. Only the woman who lives and develops her femininity in the way God intended can truly become the bride of Christ and mother the whole world; this is the vocation and the fulfillment of every religious sister.