Sr. Joyce Rupp reflects on her mother, finding wisdom and aging

by Heidi Schlumpf

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Thirty years ago, Servite Sr. Joyce Rupp published her first book, Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment, a collection of prose, poetry and prayers that explored the spiritual nourishment that could be found in everyday life. Since then, she has become a bestselling author, retreat leader and conference speaker to groups on nearly every continent.

Last year, she celebrated her 50th anniversary with the Servite community. Now in her early 70s, she has finished a book about her mother's death and is reflecting on how she will face her later years.

In an audio interview, Rupp shares stories about her mother. Rupp also talks about how she has found wisdom about aging from Buddhism and Hinduism, how men and women approach aging differently, and how she wishes more homilies mentioned life's "impermanence."

She also talks about her newest ministry to young women, and gives her opinion on the Vatican's investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and on Pope Francis. While she appreciates the pope's pastoral approach, Rupp warns about the danger of "hero worship."

Thirty years later, she is still sharing wisdom that touches Catholics and others. Listen to the interview below.

A version of this story appeared in the July 3-16, 2015 print issue under the headline: Rupp shares wisdom in audio interview.

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