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  3. 28yrolddiscerner

    Intense pain

    Sorry I have a lot of requests lately, but my mom is having intense pain in hip and all over her body! She can’t even sleep. She wakes up over and over from arthritis and hip pain....I’m sad for her! If you know of any medicine that can help (without crazy side effects) please message me. Pray, pray, pray! God bless
  4. little2add

    What is your favorite thing?

    Watching my grandkids ( there so precious)
  5. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    carpenter work
  6. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

    running giraffe
  7. Lady Scott

    Angelic Warfare Confraternity

    I would do a Google search for Dominican convents, monasteries or organizations in your area. Or the Dominican House of Studies at Catholic University of America, who should be able to help you.
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  9. Francis Clare

    Teenager with a religious vocation? Help?

    Well, my antennas are in the "up" position on this one.
  10. Francis Clare

    Best/worst In Convent Food

    Well, since I've never been IN a convent/monastery as a nun/sister I don't know if this really counts or not, but...... I was visiting a monastery for some quiet, retreat time and to spend some dedicated time on a sensitive writing project. On my first day, the breakfast was excellent, as was lunch. But when the bell rang and I went to get my dinner out of the turn, I found to my horror (and disgust) that Sister Cook had made crab cakes complete with the ground up shells as a binder (instead of bread crumbs) to hold them together. First off, I'm horribly allergic to shellfish, but I also knew the poor nuns were eating the exact same meal, most likely gagging trying to get the crab cakes to go down. And they had to eat everything on their plates at every meal. As a guest. I felt I had to tell them that I couldn't eat fish or shellfish so none appeared on my trays the rest of the week. But I didn't have the heart (or guts) to say anything about the, ahem, imaginative cooking style of Sister Cook. I've always wondered how many times she had that obedience again after that week was over :))
  11. BarbaraTherese

    Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    Sunday Mass Online Australia 23rd September 2018 Universalis Liturgy of The Hours Online Lauds (Morning Prayer) http://universalis.com/australia/20180923/lauds.htm All Hours are in Left Hand Column
  12. Antigonos

    Best/worst In Convent Food

    There were times when all I had in the house was what I called "cowboy food" for the kids -- franks and beans. I loathed it, but since I made the kids dress up like cowboys [they were small] before serving it, they really enjoyed "sitting around the campfire" in ten-gallon hats and with country music on the phonograph [remember those things?] Where there's a will, there's a way.
  13. Antigonos

    Should someone with mental illness give up on being a nun?

    I have been wanting, for a long time, to make a comment about the often-raised topic of what sort of medical conditions can affect discernment, but since I'm neither Catholic nor a discerner, I've been hesitant to do so. I am, however, a nurse and something of an observer for at least 55 of my 72 years. So...please take whatever is below as possible food for thought, nothing more. There's a difference between a chronic physical medical condition and mental health issues, and I think the difference is very important. A chronic condition such as diabetes or hyper/hypothyroidism can mean lifelong medication BUT it can be controlled successfully. Whether a community can undertake the expenses involved, even with good medical insurance, is another issue. These can be considerable, not only medications but special diets, therapy, etc. so every community will have its own policy. [A diabetic, for example, can be well controlled but will need testing equipment and supplies even if she manages to maintain a good blood sugar level on diet alone]. But when the problem is related to mental health, it can be rather more complicated. For starters, is the mental situation related to the desire to fulfill a vocation, or in spite of it? Would the stresses -- very different from living on one's own "in the world" -- increase or the raised spiritual level of being with a community help relieve the problem? Does one need constant medication, therapy, monitoring? Is the community capable of dealing with an individual who may have periodic exacerbations of the mental problem? Let's face it, religious are not primarily psychologists, even if they have experience in human relations and shrewdness. A person who, for example, is bipolar, may not demonstrate obvious symptoms when "swinging" one way or the other until it is well advanced, and neither s/he nor her sisters [or brothers, as the case might be] might pick up impending signs. This obviously would increase tensions even when everyone wants to be supportive, being apprehensive that something could veer out of control. It seems to me that, without exaggerating one's health difficulties, it is important to be open about them once one is seriously discerning with a community, and from my POV, I think a live-in of considerable length is helpful for both the discerner and the community, perhaps even more so than if the discerner is in good physical and mental health. If a community says it cannot accept someone who suffers from a significant problem, the discerner needs to understand that she's not "beyond hope", but that the search might take longer, to get a good "match", and in the meantime, try to work with a spiritual director to enrich his/her spiritual life. It seems to me that there's a "right" place for everyone, although it sometimes takes quite a while to find it.
  14. sr.christinaosf

    Best/worst In Convent Food

    How about beets grown from our very own garden here at St. Anne's? Yum yum! Sr. Christina Marie https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com
  15. gloriana35

    Best/worst In Convent Food

    We always were hungry! Our community wasn't vegetarian, but we might have one small chicken (when we were festive) for 17 people. I never ate less in my life, but it all was starch, so I blew up like the Hindenberg. The community I entered was Italian, but they had a mission in the US, to which I was sent. (Serves me right for speaking English...) The most revolting dish they devised was scrambled eggs with chopped hot dogs. I'm still shuddering, remembering what a terrible combination that was!
  16. gloriana35

    Should someone with mental illness give up on being a nun?

    I've known hundreds of religious, from various communities - and (though I am not suggesting this is so in your case) have heard some stories from vocation directors that I'd never have expected. Based on some of their experiences, vocation directors often are extremely cautious (and, perhaps, too inclined to expect this) about candidates who they perceive as possibly wanting to be supported (in a sense of finances and housing.) Even forty years ago, one of the first questions I heard (since I had BA and MA degrees in music) was whether I was seeking to enter a convent because I couldn't find work with those 'useless' degrees. At 28, I think it would be important for you to be employed and independent, in order to be considered. Superiors well may be wary of anyone with mental illness (I have bipolar disorder, so this is no slur) - they fear disruption in community life. If you are not employed, or are only working as a volunteer (possible if one had independent income), there is a possibility that superiors would wonder if you were seeking religious life in order to have a home and 'family.' They may be concerned that you are looking for security.
  17. gloriana35

    Teenager with a religious vocation? Help?

    Beatitude made some very wise points. Many people, especially those who are very sensitive and dedicated, have tumultuous emotions during their teenage years. Your having considered suicide and the obsession with committing a sin, wanting to be a martyr, and so forth can both indicate you need medical treatment and that you have an overlay of excessive romanticism and drama about your vocation. Solid spiritual direction is not easy to find - but I do hope you are able to get a fine spiritual director. Since you are not old enough to enter a religious community, may I recommend that you not discuss the vocation with family and friends now. It might be best that you concentrate on your studies, and have daily Eucharist and the Offices as part of your practise. Apart from the liturgy being the prayer of the Church, orthopraxy (which has sustained the Abrahamic faiths since long before Jesus walked the earth) is possible regardless of our feelings, even if we are only 'going through the motions' much of the time. You clearly are a very imaginative sort, and focusing on the liturgy may help to keep you from dreams of martyrdom, sleeping on the floor, dancing in a flowing habit, and so forth. This intense imagination and romanticism may lessen by the time you are old enough to consider application to a congregation. It may be an excellent idea to obtain your theology degree first - I found the studies for my own divinity degree (though I did it in my 50s, many years after I recognised my call to consecrated life) to be very enriching, not only intellectually but in my prayer. Blessings.
  18. 28yrolddiscerner

    Vocation discernment and getting older

    Please pray that I can find a community that is a good fit, before I get too old to join. And also prayers for a depressed family in deep pain. Thank you
  19. BarbaraTherese

    Returning to the Catholic Faith

    You nailed it. Welcome back.........and blessings on your journey...............Regards - Barb
  20. KyleDeWolf1985

    Returning to the Catholic Faith

    This year, I decided to return to the Catholic Church after a hiatus of several years. When I was a teenager, I converted to the Catholic Church because I felt that I needed a stronger moral compass in life. My peers seemed completely lost, and the fundamentalist religion of my relatives seemed completely off-kilter. Yet I could relate to the simple preaching of the gospel and the wonderful simplicity and sublime elegance of the sacraments in the country parishes around my home. It really spoke to me beyond words. I was baptized at age 11 and confirmed at age 18. I loved RCIA so much that I went three years in a row, 16, 17, 18. It was the first time that I could really sit down with adults as an equal and be respected for my intelligence. After I joined the military and became exposed to the corruption and violence of the world, it really shook my faith and caused me to drift away from the Catholic faith. The simple platitudes of Catholicism no longer seemed relevant to the realities of the modern world. I gave into temptation, sin, unbelief, and doubt. However, I quickly found that I was lost without God. I made terrible choices on my own. I was in a lot of mental anguish. For a while, I tried to espouse the liberal, humanistic versions of Christianity as a substitute: Unitarianism, Quakerism, Episcopalianism, Congregationalism, etc. However, I began to sense that Liberal Christianity is a hollow construct. I gave up in disgust when a local Unitarian minister preached a sermon, saying, "I'm not here to tell you what to believe. I'm here for you to tell me what you believe." Despite it's boasting an impressive record of social activism and volunteerism, I don't really need to be a member of a church to participate in community life or take a stand on political debates. It's not enough of a reason to get up early on a Sunday and drive 40 minutes to church when you can barely afford to pay for gas. I need answers. I understand that some people feel that they can be virtuous on their own without God, but some of us need a little more help. It is not the healthy who need a Doctor, but the sick (Matthew 9:12). I had an epiphany of late that even though many teachings of Catholicism may seem questionable to the human intellect, based on the standards and ideals of the times in which we live, and even though the purpose of many rituals and ceremonies may seem obscure, there might still be a deeper spiritual reason for it that you may not understand. Even doing something that seems pointless, like abstaining from meat on a Friday, might have real spiritual value. It's like practicing self-denial, and in today's world it means facing constant arguments and embarrassment over whether it makes any difference at all, so that we will be better prepared to overcome real sins and addictions in the face of peer pressure and sophistry. It's disciplining yourself in the way of penance and perseverance. I also made my way back to Phatmass, which I thought was so cool when I was a young Catholic. I'm glad to see that it's still here. It's a great reminder that the Catholic Church will always be here until the end of time, and maybe for eternity if you include the communion of saints. No matter how far you stray, you can always come back to God.
  21. BarbaraTherese

    What is your favorite thing?

    My garden.
  22. KyleDeWolf1985

    Angelic Warfare Confraternity

    I decided to apply for the Angelic Warfare Confraternity [http://www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org/], which is an apostolate of the Dominican Friars. I received a medal and a cord to wear, but now I have to find a Dominican priest or a priest authorized by the Dominican Order to receive me into the confraternity in order to be blessed. It doesn't look like there are any Dominicans in my region. I called a local priest, who advised me to contact the diocese. Then I left a message with the diocesan office and sent them an email. I'm not sure what else to do. I started praying 15 Hail Mary's for purity every day. St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of the confraternity, and I happen to like his philosophy in many ways (I feel that it can be updated to accommodate modern science without sacrificing its core principles). I want to focus especially on purity of heart and intercession for others facing temptation, so that God will reward me with the gift of chastity.
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  24. CatherineM

    The Royal Wedding

    I love weddings.
  25. CatherineM

    What is your favorite thing?

    My Monday night volunteer gig with the army cadets. Love being around the kids.
  26. CatherineM

    Sometimes I feel bad . . .

    It can be a form of survivor’s guilt.
  27. Here are interviews with 3 sisters who made first vows this summer--from the "Giving Voice" website (a good resource!): https://giving-voice.org/news/making-vows-interviews-younger-sisters-pt-1
  28. BarbaraTherese

    China - Typhoon Mangkhut

    Published on Sep 16, 2018 Authorities in Guandong province, China have issued a red alert as Typhoon Mangkut, which has already killed 64 people in the Philippines and wreaked havoc in Macau and Hong Kong, approaches.
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