Zack Exley, on religious women in rural Missouri:
Just imagine if you heard one day about an international community of women that’s been operating continuously and supporting itself for more than 170 years. Imagine that you heard that these women vow to serve others as their primary vocation for the rest of their lives, and that they choose to live together in spiritual as well as practical community for the whole span of their lives. Wouldn’t that be an amazing thing to hear about? Well, that’s what this community is.
. . . As I was going to sleep, thinking about that, I felt terrified of a world without these beautiful and powerful international communities.