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  7. My next steps

    I can identify with this, recently the Lord has been showing me that as much as I thought I was ready I really wasn't. I was discerning with a different community and even though it might seem like those years were a waste of time but it was a time of preparation. I had a bit of a surreal moment too when I realized that I was ready to ask about entrance. I have a bit of "homework" from the community to do before I can "officially" ask. I know that the Sisters have some concerns but the vocation director and Mother have been very positive. The Lord is definitely using this time but it has continued to fly by.
  8. Stop what you are doing and please pray

    I wanted to put this in Open Mic instead of the prayer intentions so that more people will read it... Just received word that Tim Staples has had multiple anyeurisms in his heart and brain. Pray for a miraculous healing or that God may have mercy on his soul and prepare his family for Tim's passing. I traveled all the way to Cali one weekend just to hear Tim preach. HE had just come out on the apologist world stage, a vibrant firecracker, filled with the Holy Spirit, very charismatic and I was just out of highschool attending college for the first semester. He was exciting to listen to, and even more exciting to see others accept the Faith through His witness. Please pray for him and his family...
  9. My next steps

    In a way it's surreal. In another way it just feels completely...normal. I've got to know the sisters well and I'm at ease with them. It's been just over ten years since I met them, and I can see that the intervening decade has been good for me: as a twenty-year-old I really couldn't have entered anywhere. I was still figuring out what my capabilities and limitations were. At one point I would have said that I'd wasted a lot of time and looked enviously at those young women who enter straight from college or even school, but now I'm not so fixed on doing everything at 100 miles an hour and I can appreciate that each person's journey is different. This self-acceptance and peace is another sign to me that I'm doing the right thing. Even if I don't persevere in the life, I will have been right to try. I am also remembering my reaction to these nuns when I met them for the first time. In my country they wear all blue, in honour of Mary, but no habit as such - it could just be a blue skirt and a blue shirt that they found in any second-hand shop (they take their poverty very seriously) with their congregational cross. They try to live in the same way as the poor and marginalised, so in Brazil this means a mud hut in an Amazonian village with the indigenous people, and in London it means a cramped apartment in an inner-city high rise. They say that they themselves cannot do much in these places, but they bring the Blessed Sacrament there, and He can do everything. As a nineteen-year-old, I was intrigued by this way of life, but also unimpressed: I wanted a beautiful monastery with ancient stonework and the traditional flowing veil and all the rest of it. I wanted some glamour and mystique. It was almost as if I were picking and choosing 'my' congregation from a conveyer belt of sushi. Now part of me is wondering nervously if I will even be accepted for postulancy - suppose some sisters disagree with the provincial about me? - which is a definite about-face! And this too is another sign that I'm knocking at the right door, because Heaven knows I couldn't have found this unfamiliar humility otherwise.
  10. My next steps

    I very happy for you and I will be praying for you as you take this next major step. Its a bit surreal isn't it?
  11. A new "Ave" from the Benedictines of Mary

    Beautiful I was able to visit them not too long ago. I had listened to their CDs but to hear them in person in just the everyday of the Office was amazing!
  12. My next steps

    Until 2016 I was a candidate with a secular institute, which unfortunately had no members in my country. This made receiving solid consistent formation very difficult, and as the women in the institute seemed uncertain about how best to manage the situation and after several years I was getting no closer to making any kind of vows, I decided that this could not God's will for me and I withdrew. The institute shared the spirituality of Bl. Charles de Foucauld. I had originally discerned with a religious community founded in that tradition, but at the time I felt, along with the provincial, that my disabilities would make their life too difficult for me. However, I remained close friends with these sisters, and recently the provincial told me that if I am willing to try their life they are willing to do their best to accommodate me. She suggested I visit the house where I would be entering if I did become a postulant. I went in July, and I felt very much at home. The next time I see the provincial, I am going to ask to become a postulant. I've already told my parents, and the first thing my mother said was, "I've been half-expecting this." They seem honestly happy about it, and this to me is a very good sign - in the past they've always been a bit nervous when I mentioned religious life, although they always tried to be supportive. The final thing that has pushed me to take this step is a lot of trouble that has arisen in my family over my grandmother's will. I've been pretty shocked by the greed that it's stirred up, and the malice. I kept thinking about the words of Jesus - "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be" - and seriously asking myself where my own heart is. That verse has given me a lot of food for meditation. I thought of Bl. Charles de Foucauld, who wrote, "My Lord Jesus, how quickly will they become poor who, loving you with all their heart, cannot accept to be richer than their Beloved. How quickly they will become poor who accept with faith your words: If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all you own and give it to the poor. Blessed are the poor." I'm a greedy person myself and I can't say that my heart is always in the right place, but I know where I want it to be, and I think its deepest and purest wants will be answered in the community founded in the footsteps of the saint who wrote that. Pray for me, pham.
  13. Decent Christian Memes

  14. The Official Lame Board Thread

  15. Decent Christian Memes

    It was turning into a meme war on the last post thread, so I decided we should probably have a thread for Christian memes. This one is a riot. I'm really bored, so I'm just going to put a few more up, then see where we can go from here.
  16. Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30 Brothers and sisters: Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed, through the forbearance of God– to prove his righteousness in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who has faith in Jesus. What occasion is there then for boasting? It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith. For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Does God belong to Jews alone? Does he not belong to Gentiles, too? Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication. R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption. If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption. I trust in the LORD; my soul trusts in his word. My soul waits for the LORD more than sentinels wait for the dawn. R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption. Alleluia Jn 14:6 R. Alleluia, alleluia. I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 11:47-54 The Lord said: "Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute' in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter." When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say. - - - 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
  17. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    "Why The Mass doesn’t need to be “new and improved”: https://aleteia.org/2017/10/18/i/?utm_campaign=NL_en&utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=NL_en
  18. Was Macht Der Fuchs Sagan?

    Of course. You just got a Memorare, three Hail Marys, and a Little Invocation, and are included at Mass intentions the next time I go.
  19. Ban The Person Above You

    Banned for doing what you're banning the previous person for
  20. 2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From Marmion Abbey in Chicagoland: "· October 5 at 4:47pm · Br. Nicholas (aka Nov. Francisco) made his first vows as a Benedictine Monk of Marmion on Tuesday, the feast of our patron, Blessed Columba Marmion. Thanks be to God!"
  21. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    St Louise de Marillac St Vincent de Paul Society Daily Reflection – October 18 “Let us mistrust desires for change. Who are we who seek to choose our path? Let us abandon ourselves to Divine guidance.” – St. Louise de Marillac (Reflection: Lord, when I find myself envying others who are following what appears to be some other, more attractive path in life, remind me that your love will sustain me in my present situation which you have chosen for me. I place all my trust in you.")
  22. Why is abortion so bad?

    Here is my latest post about my great-grandmother. It's the most I have ever shared about my personal life on the internet, yet it is my reason for being pro-life. Yes, my reason is because of Church teaching. But I had been raised to be, and had accepted the teaching in obedience, but my grandmother's story really lit the spark that caused the fire of my conviction. Abortion is wrong; abortion is bad. It is murder. It kills a mother, a father, a brother, a sister. It kills a son, a daughter, a priest, a nun. It is a selfish act. Conception is conception. A life is a life. God has His plan, and trauma is trauma. Yet conception as a result of rape isn't a reminder: it's a balm. https://cruxdecruce.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/a-womans-right-to-choose/
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