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Portrait of Humility

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Time to Weep

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The Crucible of Struggle

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The Art of Dailiness

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Being Human

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Prayer of those who dwell in a Monastery of the Heart

Loving God, You who dwell in our hearts, make for us a cave there in which to hear your voice more distinctly, feel your care more tenderly, understand your will more clearly, and come to know your presence at every moment of our lives with new clarity and new courage, with new faith and new urgency.

++ Enable us to grow in the Benedictine spirit in ways that make us compassionate co-creators of a world in process, creative keepers of the human community, loving listeners to the heartbeat of the world, caring sisters and brothers to its wounded and bringers of peace to a world in distress.

++ Let us sink into your Word, let us nourish it to life, let it lead us beyond the burdens of the day so that we may become the people you desire us to be. Give us hearts where all may enter in, ears to hear your call, hands to do your will, voices to sing your praise and soul enough to recognize You in everything we do. This we ask through the intercession of all the faithful monastics who have gone before us and through the grace of the living God. Amen.

— Joan Chittister

Whose Enlightenment - May 9, 2021

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Consciousness Commits - April 25, 2021

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Attitudes Toward Life - April 11, 2021

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Internal Quiet - March 15, 2021

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To Have No Fear - March 1, 2021

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To Moreness - February 11, 2021

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Darkness and Light - January 28, 2021

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Who is God? - January 17, 2021

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The Unexamined Life - December 31, 2020

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Relationships - December 10, 2020

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Self-Acceptance - November 13, 2020

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Paths of Life - September 8, 2020

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Laughter - July 19, 2020

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Humility - July 5, 2020


Honoring the Other - June 21, 2020


Happiness - June 7, 2020


Goodness - June 24, 2020


God's Presence - June 10, 2020


Freedom - April 26, 2020


Food and Celebration - April 12, 2020


Here & Now Interview

The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister, OSB

Joan Chittister was interviewed about her new book, The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage, by NPR’s award winning radio magazine, Here & Now. Listen here.

Interview with Michel Martin of NPR

Rosaries are sold by a vendor in Mexico City

Sister Joan speaks with Michel Martin of National Public Radio on the subject of Lent.

Best of 2017

Good, True, & Beautiful with Ashton Gustafson

Ashton Gustafson recently listed his conversation with Joan Chittister as one of The Best 2017 Podcast Interviews. Gustafson’s weekly podcast, formerly called "Let the Music Play," “serves as a platform for thought leaders and visionaries from across the country to share their wisdom and insights on making the world a better place.” In 2018, Gustafson changed the name of his podcast series to “Good/ True/ & Beautiful” with Ashton Gustafson.

Sinking into the Heart of God - January 7, 2018

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister reflects one minute on,"We must do whatever justice must be done in our time if we claim to be serious about sinking into the heart of God."

Sounds True Interview

Sounds True Podcast

“Sister Joan Chittister: Lighting a Fire with Faith” is the title of an in-depth interview conducted by Tami Simon, founder of Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. The hour-long conversation was part of Simon’s video podcast series, “Insights at the Edge” and covered topics such the relationship between faith and doubt, asking the right questions, what are the right questions, seeing the world as God sees it, growing old gracefully and the last great adventure of death. To listen to the interview, click here.

Drew Marshall Interviews Sister Joan

Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister

An interview with Joan Chittister, entitled Sister Joan Chittister — Award Winning Author of Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life was live-streamed on “The Drew Marshall Show: Canada’s Most Listened to Spiritual Talk Show” on July 22, 2017. Sister Joan did a 20-minute interview on the show which aired from 2 to 4 p.m. Click here to listen.

The Spirit of Joan Chittister

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister

In this podcast, Rabbi Rami talks to Joan Chittister about her book Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life. Click here to listen. 

Interview with Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister Talks to Nancy Fornasiero

Interview with Joan Chittister The Benedictine nun, human rights advocate and co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women talks about her writing, the Catholic church and the current U.S. political climate. Published in UC Observer

The Surprising Relevance of Ancient Desert Monastics

In God's Holy Light by Joan Chittister

Surprising Relevance of Ancient Desert Monastics Maureen Feidler of Interfaith Radio interviewed Joan Chittister about her book, In God's Holy Light . What in the world would monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian desert centuries ago have to teach the modern world? Well, Sister Joan Chittister, herself a beloved Benedictine nun, looked into the writings of these early monastics and found lots of relevant messages--including insights on immigration, racism, and even capitalism.

Judith Valente interviews Joan on new books

Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts

NPR correspondent and award-winning author and poet Judith Valente interviewed Joan Chittister recently on her new book, In God’s Holy Light, and on her personal reaction to her new biography by Tom Roberts, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith. The interview aired on WGLT Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in central Illinois and went out to other Illinois public radio stations.

More of PSU Interview with Joan

More of PSU Interview with Joan

Hear more of the PSU interview with Joan Chittister. She talks about the future of the Catholic Church and about the sharp decline in the number of American nuns. Click here to listen. 

Penn State interview with Joan Chittister

Penn State interview with Joan Chittister

Penn State Public Broadcasting reporter Patty Satalia interviewed Sister Joan Chittister on a number of topics including her faith journey, the role of women in the church and society, and future issues facing the Roman Catholic Church. Click here to listen.

Publisher's Weekly interview on new book, In God's Holy Light

In God's Holy Light by Joan Chittister

Publisher’s Weekly Radio interviewed Joan Chittister on her new book, In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics. To order this latest addition to Sister Joan’s corpus on contemporary monasticism, click here.

Maureen Fiedler interviews Joan Chittister

Maureen Fiedler interviews Joan Chittister

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices recently interviewed Joan Chittister regarding the themes of her latest book, Between the Dark and the Daylight. Listen here.

Listen In

Listen In

PBS Boston recently interviewed Joan Chittister on the topic “Nun Hopes for More Gender Equality in the Church.” The January 27, 2015 interview was conducted by award winning journalist Robin Young, cohost of Here & Now, a mid-day radio show of in-depth news, interview and conversation. Listen to the nine-minute interview: