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  2. Drugs,alcohol&cigs

    Peace be with you all. So Tab here, lost my password over the course of 2 years of mayhem, please pray for my drug and alcohol addiction as its gotten to the point of when I was 18-23 before I re converted, worse actually because I was arrested and put on a 12 month good behaviour bond for breaking a window at a mall as a dare but not charged. Government housing put me back in the projects instead of in the suburbs in a 1 or 2 bedroom townhouse which they where advised to do by to doctors and doctors are meant to be vip's in this country, but anyhoo I did have 10 months clean and sober before they put me back in a ghetto 2 years ago now im racing about the country side looking for serenity. Ok thanks GodblesS u all.
  3. Contacting a religious order

    Did you write prior to the start of Advent? Or after Advent began? That might be a source of the delay. My previous post just disappeared. I think our service is going down again due to our barrage of snow and wind.
  4. DSMME Christmas CD Giveaway....

    Are we doing a bit too much “navel gazing “ when we try to answer questions that those in leadership of the DSMME’s ( which is an active order) most probably have already grappled with? You could further extrapolate out to include the Benedictine’s of Mary with their many Top 40 albums of sacred music ( they are contemplative). And I’m sure there are other Orders that are notable for one thing or another. Mother Angelica, the problems at OLAM, and the decline of that Order is another kettle of fish due to the confluence of events immediately prior to and after her death. Do we.....or should we.....or do we have the moral authority.....to question the motivation/s of a particular order? Is it really our business? Does it help to promote vocations or encourage those discerning a vocation to RL? I think you already know the answer.
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  10. Ban The Person Above You

    banned for eating from a can
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  12. DSMME Christmas CD Giveaway....

    I know that I may come under some fire for this comment, but I'm willing to take the chance. I think that it's wonderful that these sisters are thriving. Certainly their talents are being used for the greater glory of God. However, they've become very "famous"...the "Oprah Nuns"...very visible on the internet and in the musical world, cutting albums. There has been a great deal of discussion on here and some not so nice, about Mother Angelica's Poor Clare Nuns and the fact that there has been "curiosity and gossip" about what is happening there, with the decreased numbers of sisters and silence of the community, uncharacteristic of the community as once was. Is this not a possibility with this community as well? Are they becoming visible and famous in the media? Maybe too much? I'm certainly open to comments and I'm aware that there may be some criticism with these comments.
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    duck soup
  14. Ban The Person Above You

    banned for using the word ban
  15. Jerusalem as Capitol

    Wow very interesting, kind of sounds like the American South before Civil Rights (the segregation was just as violent, churches being bombed, etc). I imagine the breakthrough in the the Middle East will be just as surprising, it will happen spontaneously. I think younger people today, say, 50 years from now, will have very different perceptions of the world. Contact is key, as you said, even just meeting in a restaurant, but young people today already have less hangups about interracial relationships, interreligious, etc. I think that will help in the Middle East as the old world dies off. Or maybe it won't, idk, but if it's going to happen I'd think it would be more likely to happen in Jerusalem then, say, Tehran. When you have people mixed up together, they have no choice but to either kill each other or live with each other, but they still have the choice. That's less likely in an isolated or homogeneous area.
  16. Jerusalem as Capitol

    I'm not from the US and I don't really know what Americans would consider 'big'. I've visited New York and Chicago, and Jerusalem is much smaller than those. Its population is about 900,000 people, so in demographic terms it's larger than Boston. As for how it feels - this is very much shaped by the political situation. It feels like a patchwork of different communities, rather than one cohesive city, or a jigsaw where none of the pieces quite match. There is not just separation between Palestinians and Israelis; there is also separation within the Israeli community. For instance, Jerusalem is home to a sizeable community of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who have their own neighbourhoods and distinctive way of life. There is sometimes friction between them and secular Israelis, or Jews who practise a less stringent form of Judaism, and there isn't much interaction between them and the wider community. Then there is the Palestinian refugee community at Shuafat, and how they live and their experience of the situation is very different from that of Palestinians in the nearby East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina. People who don't live in Shuafat camp rarely have a reason to go in there. So there are several groups basically leading parallel lives in multiple 'Jerusalems'. There is overspill, of course - a lot of the workers doing jobs like street cleaning or stacking shelves in supermarkets in predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem are Palestinians. But they still don't really have any meaningful contact with Israelis; they do their jobs and then come home again. I am one of very few people I know who is comfortable going to all areas of the city, and it still jolts me when I'm asked by people who were born and raised there to describe places that are two miles from their front door and that they've never seen. The bus networks are separate: Palestinians tend to use Janoub buses, and Israelis tend to use Egged, even if the buses are going down the same roads. The buses are different colours. (Funny story: as I'm white and I can speak Hebrew, I am often mistaken for Israeli, and once I was waiting at a bus stop and chatting to an Israeli mother and her children. A Janoub bus came by and I flagged it down because I was headed for Bethlehem. The mother's face as I said goodbye and got on was a picture!) The landscape varies. There are crowded and extremely poor urban neighbourhoods within easy walking distance of affluent, leafy areas that have a suburban, almost quasi-rural feel. It can be a jolt to pass between such different worlds in a short time. Then of course there is the Old City, which is what everyone imagines when they think of Jerusalem - ancient architecture and stonework, and narrow alleyways. But that is very small in relation to the rest of the city. So the atmosphere changes depending where you are. Of course, to a certain degree this is true of all cities, but in Jerusalem it is especially striking because the differences are so pronounced, and they are in such close proximity to one another.
  17. Jerusalem as Capitol

    How big is Jerusalem? Not geographically, but would it be considered what we would call a "big city" in the US or is it more provincial/closed in?
  18. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

  19. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    I have just finished watching an almost hour long documentary on FoxtelGo. It was an amazing and moving experience indicating scientifically that the tomb is probably indeed the tomb found by Constantine (scientific analysis of the mortar as dating back to around 300AD). The tomb was in danger of falling and permission was granted to scientists to do the restore. National Geographic was present to do the filming for posterity. The documentary I watched was called simply "Events 31". Here is the National Geographic report in text http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/unsealing-of-christs-reputed-tomb-turns-up-new-revelations.aspx I do hope that restoration will be able to be renewed over the years and centuries to preserve this wonder for generations to come. It means so much to so many. Series of video tours of central places, important to Christianity, in the life of Jesus
  20. Contacting a religious order

    Like others have said it depends on the community. I have written to a variety of communities over my 5 years of discerning. Contemplatives usually take a little longer, just because of their rhythm of life. I've had active-contemplative communities write me back the same day! I've also had communities not write me back at all. It really just depends. Know that it's all in God good timing. If you're very interested in a community and you don't hear anything after a few weeks, write them again and see what happens. The waiting can be hard, but it's really worth it in the end. Also don't be afraid to call the vocations office if you don't get an email response. Sometimes emails do just get lost. Hope that helps, and prayers for your discernment.
  21. Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma - any experience?

    I am in the beginning stages of discerning with this community, and so far they have been nothing but wonderful. They have been very open and honest with their answers to my questions, even the difficult ones. I struggle with some minor mental health issues, and they have been open about how that would work within their community. I'm hoping to visit them in January.
  22. Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things: He leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name. By his great might and the strength of his power not one of them is missing! Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound. Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10 R. (1) O bless the Lord, my soul! Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes. R. O bless the Lord, my soul! Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. Behold, the Lord comes to save his people; blessed are those prepared to meet him. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 11:28-30 Jesus said to the crowds: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." - - - 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
  23. Christmas Spirit

    Standing under a clear sky on a cold night, humming "I Wonder as I Wander," and thinking.
  24. Caesar and the bible

    Catherine always has sensible insights. I would add, Caesar (or several Caesars) was the guy killing off the Christians - why would he write, rewrite, revise, or edit their scripture for them?
  25. Jerusalem as Capitol

    I lived in Palestine/Israel for years, and may soon be returning. I generally avoid all online conversations on this topic because I have a great many friends, Palestinian and Israeli, who have experienced suffering; over the past week I've spent hours each day in contact with people there. (That's why I'm awake at nearly five in the morning.) After spending so much time listening to them, it can be difficult to see people who live half a world away and who are unlikely to have a personal connection to any human there giving opinions that often make a two-dimensional caricature of the situation. This happens even when opinions are made in good faith. I'm sure I do it too when I talk about countries that I've never had the chance to get to know extensively, so I'm not criticising anybody here. I also don't want to post a bunch of details about life in J'lem. I would like to ask people to pray. Firstly, to thank God for the good things that he brings out of pain and darkness. I have two friends, one Palestinian, and one Israeli, who have both been expressing identical emotions to me for months - confusion, fear, increasing despair - and whom I've been wanting to introduce for a while. Each has heard me talk about the other for years, but I never suggested a meeting because I knew they'd be too wary. A couple of days ago I finally suggested it. It felt like the right time. They met for lunch yesterday. It was very difficult to arrange - even getting to a meeting point they could both reach was hard - but the feeling that they couldn't just sit and do nothing in this painful situation made them determined to try, and they both came back with such renewed hope and a palpable joy. They told me that they were together for three and a half hours and the conversation got challenging at times, "but that's OK." They'll be meeting again. Thank God for that. Pray for my other friends who would love the chance to have contact like that, but who physically can't, because government policies or army action make it impossible. Pray for the ones who are too hostile to want it. For all the people who were hostile but who managed to move past it, that they will put heart into others. Give thanks for the mother of one of my friends, who was courageous enough to forgive the killing of her baby after a decade of pain and anger - her healing came very suddenly, when she went to the aid of a child from the 'other side' who had fallen over. She had a moment's struggle, where she wanted to see the child's parents suffer, and then she was in tears and holding out her arms to him. Pray for all the hundreds of children I worked with out there who are so curious about the other side but who never get a chance to play with a child who isn't from their community because the schools are separate. For students in the school at Shuafat, which is located at a real flashpoint and whose education will be disrupted by this. For the kids in the tiny (but growing!) number of mixed bilingual peace-orientated schools, their families, and their teachers. For the people of my former parish, who are frustrated that people overseas tend to see Jerusalem as an Islamic v. Jewish issue, and who feel as if they are invisible and unheard. For my friend B, who woke up in a panic in the middle of the night to find armed masked soldiers standing over her bed, having broken into her house. For my friend S, who doesn't know when she'll see what's left of her family. For my friend H, who is newly married to an army officer, probably pregnant (she's not sure yet), not daring to take medication she needs in case it harms the baby, and frightened at the idea of what her husband might be doing when he's out with his soldiers tonight. She's scared he'll get hurt. She's scared he'll hurt others. Pray for all the other people in that region who need it tonight. I only skimmed this thread, because as I said, it's been too emotionally overwhelming for me to get sucked into specific debates. But I've learnt two things from the time I've spent in volatile places with a lot of injustice and violence going on, which I want to share here: one, that when I'm at my snarkiest or most opinionated I'm usually at my safest physically (it's easy to talk about what should and shouldn't happen in Country X when my skin isn't in the game) and that staying kind in your speech is a powerful prayer for peace. Mother Teresa used to say that peace in the world is connected to peace in the family and in each person's heart, and to knowing when to keep silent. I think it's important to remember that on the spiritual level, God has given us the amazing power to do something to help people in conflict zones through our own acts of charity to each other. That charity is a kind of prayer. If I needed the proof, I saw that today, when two people who lead starkly segregated lives (one of whom has been feeling suicidal because of her experiences) were able to lift each other up just through meeting to share salads and a cup of coffee, and through wanting to hear what the other had to say even when it was hard. So every time you bite your tongue, or say something nice when you feel grumpy and it goes against instinct, offer it up. It will be felt elsewhere in the world, God makes sure of it.
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    duck eggs
  27. Online discernment

    Yeah...and to get rid of that pesky word "Young" women and men this and that.. while we are at it! Lol "Mature" women might be questioning what God's purpose is for them, after having become a widow or left with a empty nest and now they are experiencing a "spiritual reawakening" so to speak. Wouldn't that be amesome, to have a vocation promotion aimed at those individuals as well! Wink wink
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    easter eggs
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