Religious life stands in radical opposition to much of modern culture. But what is it, exactly? 

On this episode, philosopher Zena Hitz speaks with senior editor Matt Boudway about her new book on religious life—a crucial part of the Catholic Church, and one that remains poorly understood. 

Religious life is not primarily about what you give up, Hitz explains. Rather, it’s a way of orienting your whole self around a single purpose: loving God, and serving God’s people. 

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“Our happiness isn’t within our control. It’s given by God.”—Zena Hitz
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