Copy Desk Daily, Dec. 16, 2019

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Jesse Remedios' podcast series on the Kings Bay Plowshares concludes with Trials of Nonviolence Episode 3: Community, as the activists talk about their experiences with the U.S. justice system.

'Genuine encounters' key in recruiting young women to religious life, say sisters. GSR's lead story explores how vocation teams approach efforts to bring in a younger generation.

The Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Romania lived their calling in the communist "catacombs" and sought out a new sense of purpose in the disorienting years following the fall of the communist regime. Over the years, they have seen that the power of love is the beauty of the call to religious life, writes Basilian Sr. Valentina Hadarau.

Surrounded by the pressure to be consumers in an ever-expanding Christmas season, it takes discipline to preserve Advent's sense of expectation, Michael Sean Winters writes in his column today, Away in a manger, no room at the shopping mall. But there's help and inspiration to be found, he says: in Pope Francis' new apostolic letter, Admirabile Signum.

More seasonal inspiration from the pope's words as Arthur Jones continues his reflections for EarthBeat in Week 3 of Advent meditations with Laudato Si': Putting ourselves out there.

The Cistercian Nuns of the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, may finally be moving out of the "temporary" buildings they moved into in 1957. As they build a new monastery, Cistercian sisters find grace in the challenges of fundraising while cloistered.

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