Nancy Linenkugel has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Ohio, since 1968 and writes blogs for her community's website. She is an alumna of Xavier University's Master's of Health Services Administration Program and serves as its director. She was president and CEO of Providence Hospital and Providence Health System from 1986 to 2001.

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An unchanging night sky and an enduring prayer

St. Francis wrote "The Canticle of the Creatures" in the early 13th century; 795 years later, I joined him in thinking about the night sky in its changelessness and with its "precious and beautiful" stars.

We shall be changed … and we are

Handel's "Messiah" was first performed at Easter in Dublin 278 years ago. It stands today an incomparable work, a total experience — not a theatrical show or a performance just for entertainment. Its portrayal of the life of Christ through Scripture set to music just gets into your soul.

A military connection: religious life and how we do it

One is violence-based, one is not. Recently an acquaintance asked me what it was like to be a nun. I said jokingly, "Religious life is a lot like the military except we don't carry guns."

It's tough being gold

Imagine being gold. While you would be appreciated and revered by many just for the prestige of owning you, it would take effort to keep delivering on the golden properties. Wouldn't it get tiring to always be shining? To always be unchanging?