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  2. Hello

    Hello David! I'm new too. Hope you learn a lot from being here. 28yrolddiscerner
  3. Protect Access to Birth Control Act

    Keeping one's zipper closed costs nothing, and there is only one recorded case of failure in history, for which we get a day off work in late December.
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  5. Drop a word, keep a word

    Sunday lunch
  6. Decent Christian Memes

  7. Greetings!

    **sigh** we're in the 'resurrecting old posts' cycle of the year....
  8. Greetings!

    Do you all realize this was posted over 3 years ago????
  9. My next steps

    Dear Beatitude, I was so happy to read this update from you. Over the years that I have checked into this website, your posts have always radiated a beautiful spirit, even when you were in tough situations, as with a particular roommate. . . . Your posts also suggest you already live/work among the marginalized (your work with mentally ill persons) and in a simple way (a year not buying any new possession), so from what you have said about the Order you are asking to enter, I think your lived charism already makes a match with theirs. I just hope that all can indeed find the accommodations (re:disabilities, etc) that makes it possible for you to proceed as a member of this Congregation if you continue to believe this is indeed your path, your calling. God bless.
  10. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    I think I finished it. I got 100% exploration and was told I could either start over again in another universe or be a roaming Catholic, which I chose because I didn't want to start the game again. But then it kept telling me to disassemble things, which I did until the screen started over at 30 xxx disciples (some unpronounceable amount) and ended with a copyright 2017 for the game. The rest of the screen was blank. Is that it?
  11. Protect Access to Birth Control Act

    Being on birth control is a CHOICE, insurance doesn't cover drugs just because you want to be on them. Besides, birth control is not an illness.
  12. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    Fr Benedict Groeschel (1933 - 2014) is uncanny - as if he is looking at one speaking to one quite personally and I feel all viewing his video would have the same experience. His voice has authority with wisdom and holiness as well as compassionate insight. Guild of St Benedict Joseph Labre Website - Merciful Mother of The Mentally Ill
  13. Reading 1 Is 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other. Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 R. (7b) Give the Lord glory and honor. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. For great is the LORD and highly to be praised; amesome is he, beyond all gods. For all the gods of the nations are things of nought, but the LORD made the heavens. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and praise; give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts, and enter his courts. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. Worship the LORD, in holy attire; tremble before him, all the earth; say among the nations: The LORD is king, he governs the peoples with equity. R. Give the Lord glory and honor. Reading 2 1 Thes 1:1-5b Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction. Alleluia Phil 2:15d, 16a R. Alleluia, alleluia. Shine like lights in the world as you hold on to the word of life. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 22:15-21 The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. source
  14. Greetings!

    Welcome Abigail, I'm sure that you will enjoy the fellowship here. Many prayers as you discern. GOD bless.
  15. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    ______________ A Most Unusual Saint "A saint for the persistent but discouraged: Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy" HERE
  16. Split-heart vocation

    Welcome to PM! Your brother is obviously "Co-dependant" on you! If you allow him to continue to do so...you are a enabler! I submit the idea, of seeking a counselor for both of you to see together. Maybe with the help of a professional, the prospect of him "letting you go" will help both of you on various aspects of your current situation. Just a idea... Also...you are 28...the common cut off age limit is about 35. (Of course, communities can use their discretion regarding advancing age.) You have no worries there! ;)) I wish you perseverance, faith and grace! 0;)
  17. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    You didn't win. lol I made some improvements to the interface, and some terminology. I also made it work on mobile devices a lot better. Now, the only thing I need is better "Works". I'd like them to be theologically accurate and even inspiring.
  18. A woman should submit to her husband

    My apologies, I meant that unhappiness is one result. What was prime for me and my example was what led to that state of unhappiness - unhappiness was a by-product of other factors. I guess that what I was hoping to lead to was the fact that life can get messy and outside boarders or The Law and what to do about it - in my example, what to do about the messy state I found my children and myself labouring in and that "wives obey your husband" is not applicable nor feasible as a generalisation in all instances. We do need SDs and advisors who are willing to journey with a person in the messiness and then out of it, much I guess as a psychiatrist or psychologist etc. does with his or her patients. A psychiatrist or therapist of some kind does not quote a law and that is that i.e. this way or the highway. I do think too that we need Catholic communities, parishes, that do not gossip and point fingers. I am very confident I am not the only person who has ever found their life turned upside down and messy - and with an ardent desire to somehow get the mess sorted out.........and it won't and isn't going to happen overnight. The other thing is that when one is in a mess probably the perfect solution is impossible to the weak and faulted sinner involved - rather it becomes a journey, a step by step journey, out of the mess and then hopefully into a more positive, feasible and even more perfect way of life. And we need educated people, spiritual people, willing to go on the journey with the person, wherever and however that journey for the sinner with Grace unfolds and takes the person, both of them actually. My priest religious theologian SD and confessor accompanied me on a step by step lengthy journey and where it all began to fall into place, I have no idea really. Close by my side at that time and through it all was a beloved Carmelite prioress I am still very close with today and she stayed close beside me through much no one else would I suspect, nor would I blame them one bit.
  19. A woman should submit to her husband

    Both there can be no joy in a failed marriage how could there be.
  20. A woman should submit to her husband

    ... for one ...
  21. A woman should submit to her husband

    unhappiness happens
  22. A woman should submit to her husband

    Well said @little2add - not only the wife has very clear obligations in a marriage. so... ... what happens if one party in a marital relationship does not strive to live up to the standards of a Catholic Christian and with an overtly stated absence of desire to do so, rather hostility. And what if such a situation is affecting the children of the marriage. What is the way forward for the other partner after the negative partner has categorically refused marriage guidance etc. and all efforts to repair a broken relationship of mutual love, caring and respect?
  23. A woman should submit to her husband

    The Bible passage also says submit to their husbands in everything. ... However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. so ...
  24. A woman should submit to her husband

    Good to read the whole Chapter 3 and 4 of Colossians http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__P10M.HTM and get "wives obey your husbands" into context. Not only the wife has obligations in a marriage. Colossians 3 and 4 (not lengthy chapters) are all about relationships generally, not only the marital relationship. May God richly bless those marriages and relationships where both parties are striving to live good lives, holy lives - and may The Good God richly bless and provide the necessary guides and assistances for those marriages and relationships in a mess and struggling.
  25. Split-heart vocation

    Hi! Welcome to Phatmass! Looking for a spiritual director can be hard. If your campus has a Catholic center that would be a good place to start. If you regularly attend a parish ask the priest there. This may be a long shot but if there is a religious community nearby you see if they might be able to offer spiritual direction. It is not a deal breaker but it can be helpful if your SD has some understanding of religious life or even better experience in religious life. The two spiritual directors that were able to help me most were a Jesuit priest and a diocesan priest who had seriously discerned with Benedictines. As far as the situation with your brother I agree with Luigi about seeing about getting him into counseling and while you are discerning help him work on his independence. And this may seem harsh but you can't "build" your discernment around him. Trust that part of God's plan for your vocation involves Him taking care of your brother. This may be the push he needs to be more independent and seek the help it sounds like he needs. I obviously don't know the exact situation with your brother but part of his reaction may be the normal fear of "losing" you to the convent compounded with the other issues you mentioned. Some thoughts on how to calm those fears. As things progress share what the visiting/phone/letter writing policies are for the community. That might help him see that you aren't going to just drop off the face of the earth. I did a live-in experience this summer and I was surprised at the level of communication with families. There was a sense that your family was adopted into the general monastic family. I think the families felt that too. One of the biggest things that helped my family was being able to visit the community I am discerning with. I know they felt a bit overwhelmed by the attention the Sisters gave them but they could see I am happy there and really see the Sisters are "normal". As your discernment progresses ask if your brother can come for a short day visit. Even if it is just to pick you up or drop you off and stay for a couple of hours that may really help him. I will be praying for you!
  26. My journey

    Hi, Can a moderator remove this topic now please? I don't want to leave images online indefinitely. Thanks.
  27. My journey

    I've just got what you meant by nice lady - hehe! Since my hair was clipped, I've had a few comments. My wife absolutely loves my ears - but sometimes I wonder if people don't take me seriously because of them. They don't bother me at all, apart from that. Please send me a few more votes.
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