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  3. Jack4

    Prayers for exams

    I will be writing important exams in the coming weeks. Please pray for me.
  4. little2add

    The Parable of the Burning Building

    Once upon a time, a man attended a party on the first floor of a skyscraper. Shortly after the party began, another man burst in and told everyone a fire had just started in the next room and the only way to escape was by taking a five-foot drop out the window. But the smell of the smoke wasn’t very strong, and the partygoer didn’t want to roll an ankle in the jump, so he convinced himself that the fire wasn’t real. Instead of escaping, he and his friends took the party up to the second floor, far away from the buzz-killy ramblings of crazy Captain Fire Crier. A few minutes later, however, Captain Fire Crier told them the fire had spread to the second floor and once again urged everyone to jump out the window, which was now about a 15-foot drop—maybe not enough to kill a person, but definitely enough to break your legs. Even though the partygoer could now smell the smoke and feel the heat, he feared the jump more than the fire, so he ran up to the third floor. Once again, the fire found him, and once again, Captain Fire Crier begged him to jump out the window. But because the drop seemed even more terrifying, the partygoer ran up to the fourth floor. Then the fifth, then the sixth, and so on until he found himself at the top of the building, surrounded by the raging flames that he kept pretending weren’t real because he couldn’t bear to make the jump that stopped being survivable 50 stories earlier. How This Applies to Abortion To apply this parable to the abortion issue, let’s say that you show up to the “reproductive rights” party as a tepid supporter of legalized abortion. You personally oppose abortion, but you don’t want to impose your beliefs on someone else. Likewise, you think the procedure should be limited to the first trimester and shouldn’t be publicly funded. But then your conscience starts accusing you, saying, “Abortion takes an innocent life and the fire of God’s judgment burns against those who won’t defend innocent life, so if you want to escape that judgment, stop supporting abortion and jump out the window of repentance.” However, if you admit that you were wrong, God might not let you escape the guilt of having supported something immoral. So, in an effort to avoid that risky jump out the window, you try to convince yourself that you don’t need to take it. You insist abortion isn’t immoral. You run up to the second floor and join the rest of the defiant partygoers who are saying “There’s no reason to personally oppose abortion because what we’re dealing with in the first trimester isn’t a human life. It’s just a glob of cells.” But then your conscience pipes up again. “That ‘glob of cells’ has its own human DNA from the moment of conception. It’s not the mother’s body. It’s a unique human life that deserves to be protected. Look at the sonogram. Listen to the heartbeat. Stop defending this barbarity. Repent.” Now you’re starting to feel the heat of God’s wrath on your neck. But because you doubled down on your sin, the jump-out repentance widow is now twice as high and twice as hard, which makes you twice as quick to join the unyielding abortion supporters on the third floor, where you shout, “Fine, it’s a living human organism. But it’s not a person and therefore doesn’t have the right to life.” In response, your conscience screams that “It’s a human but not a person” is the same fallacious distinction used to justify slavery and the Holocaust, so to escape such bad company, you make a philosophical pivot on the fourth floor, saying, “Person or not, a woman’s right to bodily autonomy is greater than some 12-week-old fetus’s right to be born.” “Stop it,” your conscience snarls in response. “Stop defending yourself with perverse logic that also justifies second- and third-trimester abortions.” But that’s exactly what you do on floors five and six. Then you climb even higher by arguing that abortion at any point in pregnancy isn’t just acceptable. It’s merciful. “We’re saving diseased children with little chance of survival from suffering.” Seventh floor. “We’re sparing children with deformities a lifetime of rejection and bigotry.” Eighth floor. “We’re protecting the children of low-income mothers from poverty and hunger.” Ninth floor. “Every child a wanted child.” Tenth floor. see: http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/14/infanticide-isnt-bridge-far-many-abortion-supporters/ See -link above- for the rest of the story.
  5. Pax_et bonum

    Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assis

    A quick google search came up with this link. Although it is good to make sure a community is faithful to the Magisterium, especially with newer communities, the best way to learn about them is by contacting them. I know that is scary! But one email asking for a little information doesn't mean you're committing to anything You'll learn more from them. Discernment is a two way street. It's generally not helpful to just search and search for more and new communities. Maybe there is one community that you feel more drawn to than others, and that would be a good place to start. Contact that community, visit--truly discern, together. I wish I would have had a better grasp on this concept a few years ago! And what they say is true: just as there is no one perfect person you have to marry to be happy, there is no one perfect community you have to enter to be happy.
  6. BarbaraTherese

    New Abbess Elected

  7. Yesterday
  8. https://dominusvobiscum.org/missionary-sisters-of-saint-francis Does anyone have any more information on these sisters?
  9. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Retail property
  10. clk

    New Abbess Elected

    I am surprised because she made her final vows so recently, but I wish her joy and grace in her new role.
  11. There is a new vocation video from the oldest Carmel in the U.S.
  12. Lilllabettt

    New Abbess Elected

    Understatement lol.
  13. Lilllabettt

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    So cool ... do y'all teach or is it more strictly cloistered?
  14. Lilllabettt

    Anyone there?

    Yesterday was a bit better ... my boss came to work happy and said "I'm over it". I said, what? And she said "the bad weather, feeling down." So maybe she was having a bad few days and took it out on me. It was clear she wanted me to be "over it" as well ... but I'm not. Nothing has changed but her mood, for the moment. I'm sitting on my train with that awful dread. At least I'm not a kid going to a school I hate ... I'm a grown up! I can get up and leave if i want!
  15. slurktackling

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Oolong tea, has amount varieties, is one kind of tea with distinctive Chinese characteristics among several major teas in China. The pharmacological effects of oolong tea are highlighted in the aspects of decomposition of fat, weight loss and bodybuilding. Drinking oolong tea is not only good for human health, but also adds endless fun. The main varieties of oolong tea are da hong pao, tie guan yin, high mountain tea, dong ding, wuyi rock tea and so on. Welcome to our loose leaf oolong tea store. pu erh tea
  16. The Bus Station

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    Every reason for phatdeath has been mentioned (older members moving on, social media, cultural changes, etc.), but I just want to say that Phatmass has helped many many people (including me) over the years in their search for God -- if it had helped only one person that would have been enough. So I'm grateful for what the site was for me and others, regardless of its present or future; it has built up the Church in its own creepy, lame way! Thank you Dust! And if anyone knows what happened to T-Bone I am very listening. PS. I am a novice at a Benedictine monastery -- pray for us!
  17. BarbaraTherese

    New Abbess Elected

    "The search for God is very mysterious and it never turns out quite how you expect, because God is very mysterious"
  18. BarbaraTherese

    New Abbess Elected

    Yes, congratulations. The video posted by chrysostom (thank you for posting) has some really lovely vocation stories with the nuns coming from varied backgrounds.
  19. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    private property
  20. Jennifer

    New Abbess Elected

    Lovely news. Congratulations to Mother Sofia on her election and prayers for her and the Community.
  21. Jack4

    Bad RTL student, not

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/independent-investigation-confirms-covington-students-didnt-instigate-confr Investigation Confirms Covington Students Didn’t Instigate Confrontation
  22. Elizabetta

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    You brothers were treated differently than us sisters. As result in being in the order I have illnesses. Dont minimize some ones trauma that’s a form of re abusing the victim i have gone back to school have a masters in mental health counseling all that I have mention is a form of abuse the sisters made me go through customs with international money attached like a money belt I could have gone to jail according to an international lawyer. my noviatiate was not cannoncal right it was very short one time I was caufhing up blood no one cared there is more but I think I said enough so you would understand
  23. Elizabetta

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    Yes a complete night mare I suffered physical abuse attempted sexual abuse verbal abuse like being called a daughter of a prostitute and fat pig by the same superior who stole my medication for herself. I was inprisioned by the same superior till I called home I was hospitalized only to be taken out by Patrizi against doctor’s order One benefactor was drunk and tried to touch me two different priest touch me sexually and one of them attempted to have me run away with him. I was sick no one believed me I vomited and then got in trouble I became underweight because I was afraid to eat i was grabbed few other times by other sisters I witness child abuse isolation and imprisonment of another sister ridgity of the superiors towards poustulants the list goes on have you been beaten I was by someone a sister who was a superior who represented God
  24. Saint Lemon

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    Dear "Dude", If you wish to know more, please private message me via this site and I will get back to you as soon as I can.. The declarations of abuse have backing in survivor testimony as well as documentation I have acquired. As far as your comments os it being "a complete horror show", please allow my documents and shred testimony to show that the behavior of the group was beyond the pale. Even reporters who doubted what was accused have acquiesced after the documentation and testimony of abuse that was provided. The order was a nightmare in every sense of the word. Sincerely, St. Lemon
  25. TheDude

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    This format is confusing. Who can email me info? I put Sr. Roberta in her tomb in Montefalco. I would be happy to hear all and everything to have a balanced judgment. There were many sublime moments, solid spiritual background, and tough times too. I don't take declarations of evil lightly though and lived with the Brothers, so filtered and separated. Imprisonment? Beatings? You are making it sound like a complete horror show which I did not experience. Please keep me informed with every testimony you have in hand for a complete discernment. Sincerely, The Dude
  26. chrysostom

    New Abbess Elected

    Wonderful! She is one of the nuns interviewed in this documentary:
  27. truthfinder

    New Abbess Elected

    Congratulations to Mother Sofia and the whole community!
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  29. Elizabetta

    Investigation into Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (SMMI)

    Please PM Saint Lemon he has more information than I was just a sister for 7 1/2 years The truth comes out to the light
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