~Gerald has a great post contrasting the booming women religious communities and the shrinking ones. The difference is quite striking. He's posted pictures from both. The Cafeteria is Closed: Back in the Habit.
While we're on the subject of vocations, please stop by The Holy Vocations Blog and pray for these young people discerning the call. Read their stories. I ask your prayers especially for my friends Matthew, who begins seminary studies this fall, Quantitative Metathesis, who is considering cloistered life (she makes great rosaries, by the way), and Paul VI. May the Blessed Virgin Mary guide them as they deepen their Yes to God.