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  2. Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    @Dymphna I have been in psychotherapy for several years now. I see two doctors, one for talk therapy and the other for medication management. Both times I have tried to come off medication it has been under the supervision and with the permission of both of these professionals. Therapy is indeed hard work as you say, and I've made an incredible amount of progress over the years. However, especially with this recent situation, my medical team believes that staying on medication long term is the best option for me. I trust their judgement deeply. In other news friends, work is going well. I have a meeting with my SD this week, and I have a lot to discuss with him. Still praying about my vocation and my medical status. I have written a community that is within the same spiritual family as the others one I have discerned with in the past. I'm just inquiring to learn more about them, and I'm going into this process (for what seems like the millionth time) with zero expectations. I want to follow God and get to heaven, no matter the vocation. Pray for me as I really need to focus more on striving for holiness in the everyday. Love you pham, and I'll be praying for you!
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  4. NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Begins Tuesday; 18th June - 26th June (Feast of our lady of perpetual help: 27th June) DAY ONE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day1.html DAY TWO : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day2.html DAY THREE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day3.html DAY FOUR : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day4.html DAY FIVE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day5.html DAY SIX : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day6.html DAY SEVEN : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day7.html DAY EIGHT : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day8.html DAY NINE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day9.html
  5. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away your ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. - Corrie ten Boom (Dominican Sisters of Peace https://oppeace.org/)
  6. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

  7. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Bounce off
  8. linate

    phat Catholic rap

    ah... it's phat 'catholic rap'.... not, 'phat catholic' rap
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  10. truthfinder

    Question about Changing Parishes

    My thought are the following: this parish that you are currently attending is technically not your 'parish' because as you note your territorial parish is elsewhere. You then technically have no obligation to it outside those that you have made to some of the members or any volunteer work there. You are free to go to whatever church you choose. The only concern from a vocational standpoint is at some point you would need a reference from at least one and maybe a couple more priests. This might mean a spiritual director, but sometimes pastor. As it stands, the pastor at your current church does not seem overly supportive of the communities which interest you. (Many years ago a priest joked that no contemplative nuns were under the age of 70 (even though he knew that the particularl community discussed had several younger members) - it's often more a reflection of their own discomfort with contemplative (or sometimes traditional) communities.) Honestly, I don't think you need to tell anyone - that would be stirring the pot. If you go back at times, or people ask, you just plainly say, X church is just working better for you (or your schedule). Although having community at the church you attend is important, it is not the reason to attend or not attend it. Sometimes you have to make your own communities. Also, is there a reason why you still couldn't keep your connections at your current parish while fulfilling your Sunday and Holy Day obligations at the territorial parish?
  11. AbigailGermaine

    Question about Changing Parishes

    I sent an email to the VD from the monastery I'm discerning with to ask a question, and wondered if any of you guys would have thoughts as well.... For background info: When we joined the RC church this past summer, we decided to go to a majority African American church in the city because the music wasn't atrocious and the people were actually friendly, remembered your name, etc. Now, behold the conundrum: (this will be long. You have been warned.) My family and I have been wondering if it would be better if we changed parishes. Until yesterday, I hadn't been back to our usual parish,(because I was on a live in earlier this month) (and) because every 3 weeks Mom works 11am-11pm on Sunday (she's a nurse) and we have to go to a earlier Mass. Being back at _______ was kind of like jumping straight into a really cold bath. I didn't want to say how disconcerting it was to be there to my parents, but Dad brought it up of his own accord later that evening. We all agreed that yesterday was an example of how performance oriented the church is becoming, especially as far as the music. I don't think it helps that since we arrived in July, they hired a new music director who is, I think, some flavor of Pentecostal or charismatic Baptist. He has very little knowledge of how the liturgy is supposed to work, and I think keeps trying to create an atmosphere like he is used to. Yesterday, there were 3 choir anthems, a liturgical dance, and only 2 songs for the congregation, the processional and recessional. When we first started attending, they sang a lot of the old "tent revival" style hymns-- Fanny Crosby, Charles Wesley, etc.; and a lot of old Black Spirituals. Now, I think courtesy of our new music director, most of the songs are what are more properly called Black Gospel/Gospel R+B. I don't think it helps that our priest, who is naturally a phlegmatic, is exhausted because of his mother's health problems. (His mother lives with him.) He usually has problems keeping things under control, and I think he's often hesitant to curb more cultural impulses since he's not black himself. Deacon would be the one to take the music director strongly in hand, but either he enjoys it or is unwilling to try to find another director, I'm not sure which. Because the music is changing, the would liturgy has turned into an occasion to clap for everything and turn it into a show. Yesterday was kind of ridiculous, but it's just and exaggeration of the slow slide. Choir sings prelude, everyone claps. Choir leads congregation in processional, everyone claps. Father preaches, everyone claps two or three times. Choir sings gradual, everyone claps. Choir sings communion song, everyone claps. Choir sings communion meditation with dancers, everyone claps. Choir leads congregation in recessional, everyone claps. We all agreed that it's getting to the point where the atmosphere is more like a Black Baptist church where the focus is on the music, the preacher and the emotional feelings are the most important. Nobody has obviously touched the liturgy it's self yet, but it's getting slowly eclipsed. To be totally honest, I've been various shades of uneasy for a while, because through the diocesan Young Adult First Friday Masses and my time at the Monastery, I've seen what a good, solid, 'boring' Mass is supposed to be like. Also, every time I've brought up my vocational journey, I've gotten the distinct impression, from what Father does, and sometimes says, that he's uncomfortable with the traditional nature of the orders I was looking into. After I came to Sister ____ ____'s profession, I showed around some of the pamphlets, etc., that I'd picked up, and that's when he suddenly became more vocal, urging me to look into more active orders, because "I heard nuns can't laugh without permission from the Bishop," and "I don't want your personality stifled." I directed him towards the blog, and he hasn't said a thing since. I think all of you are so much the opposite of stifled that its rather funny. (Although I don't laugh without proper permission.) We've been talking about it occasionally for a couple of months as a family, but I think yesterday made all three of us agree that we've outgrown the parish. Probably, we'll just go to the little church whose parish boundaries we technically fall into-- we've been there a couple of times for Days of Obligation, and it's a nice little country parish with an Indian Vincentian priest. The only worry is that since it's a little country parish, it will probably be pretty hard to break into the community. I already have a few connections through the YA activities, but it'll be hardest on Mom. Also, if we go there, we might be able to make it to daily Mass at least part of the time. Anyhow, wondered if you had any thoughts on the subject. We love how communal and friendly the church is, and probably won't get that anywhere else, but I need more meat, and just want a stable, traditional latin-rite Mass with no superimposed sparkles. (And now you know how much I ramble when given any chance at all.......)
  12. little2add

    Hardhats required during mass

    Weird Notre-Dame holds its first mass Saturday since a devastating fire two months ago, billionaire French donors who pledged hundreds of millions for rebuilding have "yet to pay a penny", a spokesman for the cathedral said. Instead, regular Americans have been emptying their pockets in hopes of resurrecting the Parisian house of worship — with an estimated 90% of donations coming from the US.
  13. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    lift off
  14. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Half the world is starving; the other half is on a diet. We are not privileged because we deserve to be. Privilege accepted should be responsibility accepted. - Madeleine L'Engle
  15. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    St Vincent de Paul Reflections
  16. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi again Gary - I think it very important that we can get The Gospel (which in essence the saints reflect) into the vernacular - into ordinary everyday speech that ordinary people can understand in their ordinary everyday lives - this is what Jesus did in His parables. To date, my experience is that our priests in the main can be quite good at doing this in homilies just as your video of the monkey and the coconut did in explaining detachment in terms easily understood. With many of our saints, the language they used would have been easily understood in their own environment and their times.
  17. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Gary - The coconut and the monkey.........and letting go..........reminds me of what I posted a couple of days ago from St John of The Cross with yours in the vernacular. Have a good day ........... God's Blessings on your journey
  18. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Face lift
  19. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Happy face
  20. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    That was fun to watch Barbara. Life doesent get more innocent and cuter than this does it? Nice choice Barbara. I also have this but it is not cute like yours, not compared to monkeys and coccanuts haahaa but does contain a life's lesson for us all. God bless Barbara...
  21. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    A Little Piece of Heaven I just returned from our annual six-day retreat at our provincial house in Hankinson, North Dakota. Despite the fact that retreats are not always easy for me, I think it was, overall, a positive ex…
  22. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Haahaa that's just to crazy funny....I just had to say that... Two face
  23. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Lose face
  24. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Wow! I really had forgotten all about this one..... About face
  25. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    About time
  26. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

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