Convent shortage •
It is depressing to find in good Catholic parents a great desire to have a son a priest and yet an unwillingness to allow a daughter to enter a convent." says the May issue of the Southwark Record.
"It is to the glory of the Church that in this age when the foundations of marriage have been so attacked, she has kept before the people the dignity and holiness of the married state:
" But even still the state of virginity is the higher state and the opposite view was anathematized as long ago as Trent.
" To choose God completely, to sacrifice home, marriage and independence in order to pray and offer sacrifice for others. to nurse the sick, to instruct the young is even more unselfish than entering married life with all its cares and duties.
" Not all the religious order for women are suffering from shortage of vocations, in fact some are making great strides, but there are houses which are feeling the shortage acutely and good works cannot be undertaken, and some are even in danger of being discontinued for lack of vocations.
" It may be that some of the houses which had to leave the Continent on account of persecution, will have to adapt themselves to a more English type of spirituality."