Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project
Sister M. Matthias Igoe, O.S.B., b. 1923
Q: Do you have any regrets in having chosen a monastic life?
A: Every woman regrets not having a child. I had to decide when I joined the community if I was running away from the responsibility of motherhood and marriage relationships. I saw that I was not running away; rather I saw another way of loving, caring, and giving. At the same time I see something very beautiful in the spousal relationship and the relationship of child and mother. This does create a void, but it is not that my life must have every void filled--that is not the human condition. If everything were filled I would be God. This is one of the voids in my life, a void which gives me a way of experiencing God in a special way