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  2. cruciatacara

    Are iphones and social media drawing us from God?

    60 years ago priests were molesting children and bishops were covering up for them and moving them on to the next parish to do it all over again.I hardly think that social media is the greatest evil there can be. I think it is easy to look back at the past with nostalgia and forget the evils that existed then. Social media is a tool and that can be used for good or evil, just as people can act in good or evil ways.
  3. BarbaraTherese

    Are iphones and social media drawing us from God?

    My two cents. I think that 60 years ago the appearance of loyalty, faithfulness and reverence was very real. What I think happened in both the religious orders and in the laity is that we did not know how to think constructively for ourselves and post V2 we were asked to do so but we did not know how. Pre V2 and some 60 years ago we were servants of The Law, the rules and regulations. Provided we stayed on the right side of the latter, we were assuredly Heaven bound. Personally for myself, V2 was a real breath of fresh air welcomed. I know that many found it terribly difficult and my faithfully Catholic parents included who called V2 "the protestantization of Catholicism". I think that changes were flowing from V2 too quickly for many to grasp underlying reasons and adjust behaviour accordingly. It did remind me of the best seller back in the 70's by Alvin Tofler "Future Shock". AMAZON - HERE
  4. BarbaraTherese

    Facebook

    There are calls in Australia by senior politicians for Google and social media to take more responsibility for what they publish. One previous prime minister is calling too for anonymity on the internet to cease. Our current Australian Prime Minister is providing $55 million to upgrade security for schools, places of worship and places of gathering. Why has it taken the loss of 50 innocent lives? I can't help but wonder how long it will be before some other (usually sensationalist type) event claims media headlines and attention and therefore our own and those in government too. Pray
  5. BarbaraTherese

    Facebook

    Facebook and social media are again in the spotlight as a young university student white racist posted many extreme hate messages. He has appeared in court. He has not committed a crime but is considered a considerable risk. Both the Australian government and New Zealand government too are looking into social media outlets.
  6. BarbaraTherese

    Polish Abuse Report "Tragic"

  7. BarbaraTherese

    Polish Abuse Report "Tragic"

    Hi again Gary - I think you are spot on in that there is an answer to this crisis, but first we need to ensure we are asking the right questions. I tend to think that the answer will involve a journey from pope down to the pews and also from the pews up to the pope. It has been a terrible shock to us all and coming from those whom we had probably most held as holy, unimpeachable. Yep! Suddenly our priests at every level, both diocesan and religious, have been knocked off their pedestal in the eyes of many. And indeed, I agree that Satan is launching an attack on The Church but not unleashed within The Church I don't think. The Church are all the faithful in the state of Grace. Those not in the state of Grace might be Catholic but their relationship with The Church they have chosen to break through mortal sin. They have turned their back on God and His Church and God respects our free will. A good confession will repair their relationship fully. Both in the Old Testament and in the New in Jesus we have been warned that scandal must come - and if we look at our long history, every so often there has been scandal. Satan probably is laughing at this point, but what that fallen angel does not realise is that it might win a battle here and there, but it is a foregone conclusion that it has lost the war. Victory will be Jesus is beyond any doubt or question. "Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!" Matthew Ch18 http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__PVR.HTM May The Good Lord bring comfort, consolation, to all victims of abuse in this crisis - and all those who are suffering because of it. And may He bring the perpetrators to full repentance. - and may their crimes see the full light of day and human justice.
  8. BarbaraTherese

    Called & Graced for Sanctity

    Thank you, Gary. In reality, I think that we are all without exception, priest bishop and pope too, always in trouble somewhere or other ( we are all sinners and "useless servants" Luke Ch7 Vatican Bible HERE) and just regular ordinary people sometimes called and Graced to something special even outstandingly special in human eyes. The honor and glory is to Grace alone and to the Giver of All Grace. Most of us will live very ordinary even mundane types of lives - which are still the only ingredients necessary for great holiness and sanctity as St Therese and de Caussade both illustrate, while it is St Therese who has been raised to the altars and declared a Doctor of The Church and that is pretty special - although in her short lifetime in a French Carmelite monastery, she was regarded by her fellow nuns as an ok sort of Carmelite nun, but nothing special. Therese is sometimes termed the saint of the ordinary life lived in an extraordinary manner. She went to considerable efforts to hide from all her interior quite holy life. Personally, I don't think she realised she was living an exceptionally holy life, until closer to her death. She had fallen in love with Jesus and hers is a love story that is underpinned by a stunning theology very new to her times - and yet as old as when Jesus walked the earth i.e. the Gospels and Scripture. Goes to show how God can turn our considerable efforts, our hopes and dreams, our expectations - even our logic - inside out and upside down She would have died at 24 yrs of age as an unknown with no one knowing of her spiritual genius and holiness had she not been bound by a religious obedience from her superior to write about her life. Her autobiography is available online HERE Her autobiography can be a difficult read for some unless one can look to what underlies her life in her theology. Peace and God's Blessings, Gary........... PS There is another really great read on St Therese and The Little Way "The Love that Keeps Us Sane". It is available at Amazon and on Kindle for around $5. It would have to be one of the best reflections and commentary on the Little Way and St Therese that I have ever read. It is not complex and written with great simplicity by a Carmelite priest, Fr Marc Foley OCD. https://www.amazon.com/Love-That-Keeps-Sane-Illuminationbooks/dp/0809140020 It is a very small book (5" x 7") of 82 Pages, 93 Pages including the Notes.
  9. BarbaraTherese

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    I was in monastic life in my forties for a very short time indeed. It was long enough for me. I left not because of monastic life per se which I still highly treasure, rather I left partly because of the formation program in the community I entered and other matters important to me personally related to that particular community. In short, I had no vocation to monastic life as lived in that community. Indeed, God will judge us all, including priests, in due time. Meanwhile, we are right in my book to question leadership on earth of The Church - in view of what has happened and is happening and has been happening it seems for over 40 years that we know about. In my estimation, we would be very wrong not to question leadership and to ask for honesty, straightforwardness and transparency, which to date, I don't think even now we are getting from leadership. It has to be a dialogue exchange in which both leadership and laity are willing to come out of dialogue in the process of change. Partly, the abuse crisis has come about because of leadership. It is not a problem within the laity but of our priesthood including in religious life. The solution will involve laity I think. Clericalism which is being blamed for the crisis has two faces. The first is how those in Holy Orders regard themselves personally. The second face is a problem flowing from the first and how generally we think about those in Holy Orders. I don't think even now leadership 'gets' our anxiety........for ourselves and for our children, for the future of The Church which will involve our children. They just don't get it. It is not neurotic anxiety but more so existential anxiety. It is indeed a blessing in my book to be able to share our honest thoughts............an example of the internet being used for quite positive and good reasons. May The Good Lord bless you and yours also, Gary...........Regards - Barb
  10. Gary david

    Are iphones and social media drawing us from God?

    If we go back say 60 years or so, werent the people closer than they are today? Even in church there was such profound reverence and respect in all areas. Something bad happened in that short period of time. Im not sure what its not good. What do you think? God bless....
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  12. Gary david

    Called & Graced for Sanctity

    That was a wonderful posting. Thats an inspiration to so many that are in trouble and just regular people like met that might feel they are not so special. Very nice and thank you. God bless....
  13. Gary david

    Polish Abuse Report "Tragic"

    I just finished reading that link on that polish clergy abuse. There must be an answer to these things going on. This is in opposition to all I ever knew and thought about catholic priests. The degree of this is telling us something and I fear the answer will be even more disturbing. I knew these things happen in the world, but to see this happening in such sacred positions and places is soul wrenching. Has satin been set loose in the church? Or is it something else? Whatever it is, satin is laughing now. It is a good.thing and a very warm comfort to know that God cannot loose, you know that. Hey. God bless you....talk to later.
  14. Kateri89

    Tridentine sisters

    Hello again. You wouldn’t happen to know how I can contact these Sisters would you? I’ve tried through their website twice but it’s been a few weeks and I haven’t heard anything back.
  15. Gary david

    Polish Abuse Report "Tragic"

    Oh my God! More! I dont even know what to say at this time. Well God bless. I have to think about this before i say anything more.
  16. Gary david

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    How long did you live a monastic life? Didnt Jesus say to leave his priests alone or His elect? I cant recall where i read that, maybe sister Faustinas diary, im not sure. Jesus said He will judge them accordingly. They hold much responsibility regarding the faith and souls of so many. I can see why, especially now. I have also stated to others how difficult it must be for any catholic priest of true faith to practice at this time. I know how I feel about whats going on, I cannot even imagine what it might be like for them. I also now wonder how long things like this have been going on. Maybe i shouldnt even go there but that thought has gone through my mind and most likely am not alone in this. Well it is good to be able to share our thoughts regarding this in a way that we can learn and share thoughts and feelings about this. I consider this to be a blessing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. God bless you......
  17. BarbaraTherese

    Polish Abuse Report "Tragic"

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/polish-bishops-release-tragic-report-on-sexual-abuse-85692
  18. BarbaraTherese

    Called & Graced for Sanctity

    I was going to post this into another thread, which would have been a hijack (sort of)- and then thought better of it! The bipolar mind can make connections where others see none - a bipolar sort of mind can be a gift .........or a curse. And this bipolar mind gets no rest until it writes and having written what it has can leave it there and move on peacefully and never look back In the realm of Sanctifying and Active Grace to which every single person is called and vocated by God, we all should ideally be great saints recognised or not and revealed only in Heaven, for every single one of us has sufficient Grace for great holiness and sanctity. That is not a stab into the sometimes confusing and messy bipolar mind, but rather it is as taught by The Church in Her theology. It underscores the sanctity of all human life, all facets and faces of human life. Like an Augustine or an Angela of Foligno, one might start out as anything but holy, quite the unholy in fact - but their journey took them to repentance and great holiness. Sincere and meaningful repentance is, of itself, a great Grace in any journey. It can be a crossroads and a foundation, the springboard to great holiness. If one feels that their particular way of life, to which they might feel locked in for some reason, is not a holy way of life while not at all unholy, refer to St Therese of Lisieux and her Little Way ("First Steps on The Little Way" HERE - Author Carmelite Priest OCD)- she can teach that nothing is more incorrect and wrong. Even the most mundane and quite ordinary way of life, totally unremarkably ordinary, can be the only ingredients necessary for very great holiness. And St Therese of Lisieux is proclaimed by the Church as a Doctor of The Church. If one does choose to examine St Therese and her Little Way, I read to my great profit at the same time: "Abandonment to Divine Providence" by Jean-Pierre de Caussade HERE. They are linked in their underlying spiritual theology. A quick prayer to The Holy Spirit is the best of all guides to spiritual reading. ______________________ Both books above are linked to online texts "The present moment is the ambassador of God to declare His mandates. The heart listens and pronounces its "fiat." Thus the soul advances by all these things and flows out from its centre to its goal. It never stops but sails with every wind. Any and every direction leads equally to the shore of infinity. Everything is a help to it, and is, without exception, an instrument of sanctity. The one thing necessary can always be found for it in the present moment." (Abandonment to Divine Providence Chapter 2)
  19. BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Contemplative prayer
  20. BarbaraTherese

    Are iphones and social media drawing us from God?

    My two cents: I think that like most all of God's Gifts to us, they can be abused. And I think that is the case with iPhones and social media too. I don't think it is iPhones and social media per se that are drawing us from each other and from God, it is how they might be used and that is the human element of responding to God's Graces and His Gifts.
  21. BarbaraTherese

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    Yours is a quite beautiful story and at the same time a sad one - especially for all those babies who suffer abortion. Thank you for sharing, Sister.
  22. BarbaraTherese

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    Once upon a time, one could say with pride that I am a practising Catholic, nowadays I am a little tense in stating it because of the abuse crisis and the reaction I sometimes get. I thought your use of the term "proper perspective" was an excellent and apt use of words. It is the really sad and illogical conclusion of some, that the abuse crisis condemns the whole Catholic Church and all Catholics. It is illogical and yet understandable. But far more than any tension I might feel, my heart goes out to our very good priests. Most of all to the victims of this crisis. I have concluded that I can offer anything I might suffer as a very tiny act of reparation for abused children. To ask with sadness and humility that they might be somehow comforted. I think if we have even an ounce of empathy, to put ourselves into the shoes of those children and something of the sickening revulsion of their experience comes home. I am 73 years of age and pre and post Vatican II - a Catholic from birth - and indeed how very much things have changed and with much thankfulness not everything is negative. It is quite understandable that this crisis is hard to process and I need to give myself time to do so (a journey) including that I might feel differently about our priests than how I used to feel, and that needs time too. I have a mixture of emotions difficult to untangle including sadness for our priests. Much earlier in my life, I had priests and religious on very high pedestals - I have learnt to have the vocation on very high pedestals but not necessarily those called to these vocations. They are just as human as the rest of us and I have learnt to let them be human but certainly not abusers of children. They have the great Graces of their vocation, but how they respond is their quite human choice. One of the reasons I chose to leave monastic life in my forties was because I refused to regard myself as somehow intrinsically uniquely blest and different, more special, than all the rest : "Does he thank the servant because he did what he was told? So you also, when you have done everything commanded of you, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty." (Luke Chapter 17) I regard every single person as chosen by God for something special, unique, and granted all the Graces necessary to fulfill that call and vocation and no matter the vocation, no matter the duties of the vocation. "All is Grace" (St Therese of Lisieux) To my way of thought, judging others is assessing and passing sentence. However, I do need to assess where persons of all rank fit into my life and that is all it is, assessment related to my life - without passing any sort of moral judgement. Our Lady, Untier of Knots, please pray for us all. Sacred Heart of Jesus, please grant us Grace to process all as You would have us process. Amen.
  23. Gary david

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    There is much to be agreed with here. I have felt the same due to circustances within the church from the top down. And is difficult to walk with pride. I used to but not any more. Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, He never changes, unlike man, so as you I trust in Jesus. None of this has lessened my faith, if anything it has strenghened it. I am more than certain there are many good and faithful priests, but to be honest I dont look up to them with the reverence i used to only because now I dont know who is who. Thats a problem that I must wrestle with becuase of my human nature. I must not judge, I know that. I guess i need to process all that has happened. This has been hard for me to fathom. To be a catholic from birth, things have changed so much that it is hard to put it all into proper respective. Well this is how I feel about this. God bless.....
  24. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    No Hands Went Up It was a beautiful Wednesday evening in mid-October when a first-time mother put her little baby in the car seat, and drove a mile to the school building where the seventh grade religious education…
  25. Witnessing their effects on people and children it seems to be. It also seems to be distancing us from each other on a face to face personal level. What do you think?
  26. Sister Leticia

    French, Spanish, Italian monastic styles

    I haven't spent time studying Carmelites and their history. I do, however, know several sisters in various monasteries around the UK. These were all founded from the first Carmel in Britain - Notting Hill, which was founded from Paris which of course traces its lineage back to Spain! They each have an entry on their Association website, and each one is different, depending on what and how much each monastery chooses to say about itself, whether they have a website and so on. And indeed, each monastery also has its own character, and there are variations in certain things, eg - grille/removable grille/no grille, use of email and internet, whether they chant or say the Office, whether they process here or there or not... BUT They are all authentically, truly, totally Carmelites. What is fundamental to their lives and vocation is there, very much so, and they are all women who radiate the joy and the truth of living solely for God, and of being steeped in prayer, as well as Carmel's austerities - whatever style veil they wear or whatever else is largely external.
  27. BarbaraTherese

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    What has happened, Josh, is absolutely horrific - hardly words sufficient to describe. But we remain The Church Jesus promised would withstand Hell's attacks "the gates of Hell shall not prevail". And this is an attack by Hell for sure. If anything is a test of our Faith and trust in Jesus, this is certainly a major one. But it is not Jesus who has let us down. It is not He who has sexually abused little children. It is not He who has tried to cover up the crimes. For a very long time now, years, my Faith has been in Jesus alone. Not in our leadership while I acknowledge that we have more faithful good priests than the other kind. I can no longer walk down the street proud to be Catholic in a human sense. That is a personal test of my own. "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." (Psalm 146 - a Psalm in the Divine Office)
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