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  2. Vocation in another country

    I always wanted to ask this question. Lets say you have vocation for example to carthusian order, cistercian and so on .... etc. But the problem is that order you have been called to is in another country with another lanquage. lets say you want to go to carthusians order in slovenia but you live in usa. how hard do you think i would be to learn new lanquage ? Do you think it would bring the expected fruit? Would you to another country to the order you have been called to, but it is in another country ? Last question: What does ,, internation community means ? ( Sorry for my english, iam from europe non english speaking country. thanks
  3. Second Sunday of Lent

    Reading 1 Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am!" he replied. Then God said: "Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you." When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD's messenger called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Here I am!" he answered. "Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger. "Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son." As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son. Again the LORD's messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing— all this because you obeyed my command." Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 R. (116:9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. I believed, even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted." Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones. R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. Reading 2 Rom 8:31b-34 Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who acquits us, who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised— who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Verse Before the Gospel Cf. Mt 17:5 From the shining cloud the Father's voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, listen to him. Gospel Mk 9:2-10 Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant. - - - 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
  4. Applying for School

    I can barely contain my excitement! After a very serious talk with my mom about my future career goals, I realized that I was not achieving my lifelong dream of working in veterinary medicine. I have had a serious desire to work with animals since I was in elementary school. I researched various opportunities and originally thought about majoring in animal behavior and/or psychology but it would require me to move away to attend school on-campus, which isn't a big deal, but I would be spending more money on a degree that really can't get me anywhere because psychology is a liberal arts major and requires graduate education to get anywhere financially. I realized that animal behavior was not going to fulfill my desire of working hands-on with animals because you mostly observe them - not handle them. Anyway, after thinking long and hard about what I should do, I researched my options and found out that there is an AVMA-approved school that offers an Associate in Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology where the courses are 100% online and there are periods of practicum experience that I can complete in my hometown! The great thing is that I can complete the degree while working at the same time. The program is very comprehensive and the courses are incredibly interesting. I think this is the most excited I've felt in a long time which says a lot about my decision and I'm proud of myself for committing to achieving this goal. I cannot wait to get started. I applied to the school and am in the process of completing the admission requirement checklist. Part of it requires a minimum of 40 hours observing a veterinarian and vet tech performing various procedures and also ask questions regarding regular working hours, wages, and opportunities. I have a veterinary clinic in mind - the one we have used for our last two dogs. The veterinarian is incredibly compassionate and very smart and I think I would learn so much from her. Please say some prayers that I am able to do the observation period with the veterinarian and I am admitted to the program. Thank you!
  5. Mental Illness, Politics, and Guns

  6. Mental Illness, Politics, and Guns

    Yes, a majority of Swiss citizens receive at very least basic training when in national service, but this isn't closely connected to the permitting system that they use. The argument that ethnic or cultural diversity leads to more crime/violence is dubious and certainly contradicted by the fact that plenty of ethnically and culturally homogeneous cultures suffer globally high rates of violence and crime.... I would point to Brazil and Mexico as two possible examples of that. Also the United States isn't that ethnically and/or culturally diverse, most persons in America are not only natively born but at least second generation Americans. I have always suspected this is a thinly veiled racist argument... America has higher crime because America has some particular minorities that the speaker has issue with. Not saying that is what you meant but it has been a long standing suspicion on my part. The greater predictor of crime internationally is poverty, development, and stability.... which is difficult for some nations to cope with when they are poor, lack development, and lack stability... which feeds into a bit of a cycle. This cycle exists in the United States as well but as apart of a bit of a duality of experience and socieodemographic disparities. Firearms are especially deadly when compared to other weapons in their effectiveness, ease, severity, and amount of harm that can be inflicted... to put it simply it is the reason why the US Military uses guns and not swords. The supermajority of firearms related to crime were legally obtained. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#/media/File:Firearmsources.svg The most recent school shooting had an armed officer on campus but yet it didn't stop or significantly impact the overall outcome... which is the case in many school shootings across America. More guns don't solve America's gun problem... it is a fantasy and borderline vigilantism. The majority of firearm related violence happens with the young. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#/media/File:Homoffendersbyage.svg The majority of firearm related violence also happens with handguns https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ushomicidesbyweapon.svghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ushomicidesbyweapon.svg
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    Yes, I suppose it is... (now that you're here)
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  10. Mental Illness, Politics, and Guns

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Swiss also all have formal gun training as part of their compulsory military service. There is another factor that leads to Switzerland's low crime rate: they have little cultural diversity compared to the United States. I agree to the extent that it would curtail the use of guns as an instrument of violence, but I disagree that it would curtail the violence. Someone who is so bent on performing violence that they spend months planning it is not going to be deterred by the inaccessibility of guns. As was observed in the 9/11 commission report in the absence of trained law enforcement the best in-flight defense on an airplane is the passengers themselves. We should view schools the same way and arm qualified teachers and security guards. This is evidence of the very different cultures throughout the United States. In Vermont hunting is a popular pastime comparable to how fishing would be viewed elsewhere. In much of the Midwest it is necessary for young but mature children to be proficient in the use of firearms to assist in ranch keeping (varmint control, hunting, etc.) Age is not the root cause either. Not long ago Las Vegas had a shooting by a deranged middle aged man. People who are determined to perform violence will find a way to accomplish it guns or no guns. We have two choices to meet this threat: constant vigilance and preparedness to meet their force with force, or to disarm ourselves and hope those set on murder will do likewise.
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    pancake recipe
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  13. Mead Making!

    I haven't tried forced carbonation, but I did make one sparkling mead by accident a while back. I bottled without sorbate/sulfite treatment so it started fermenting again after bottling. Luckily there wasn't enough residual sugar to make bottle bombs or blow the crowns. That mead turned out to be a happy accident.
  14. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    Today's Gospel, The Transfiguration, revealed something new to me. Here is The Gospel:
  15. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    Great video (I hope I haven't posted it before) especially that it gives a short and concise explanation of The Dark Night of Sense and The Dark Night of The Soul (or Faith) ---oOo--- RESPONSE TO SUFFERING I don't usually cotton on to Dr James Finley (his voice grates on me) and his "Path to The Palace of Nowhere" series (supposedly a commentary on Thomas Merton); however, the following video (the title piqued curiosity) to me is pretty good as things go (never throw out the baby with the bathwater ) ..... you may need to watch the video a few times - well, I need to anyway. Dr Finley's slow paced, lower soft one key, sound of voice grates on me, much as some nuns in contemplative life did. Perhaps if I had persevered in the life, the bearing of such voices, might have contributed to making a saint of me as such incidents made a saint of St Therese of Lisieux. I wasn't that good. ---oOo--- On another matter entirely. I have cancelled my trip interstate until 5th March, returning on 13th March. Buddie has diarrhoea and I cannot ask my brother to care for a little dog with diarrhoea. More possibly at a later point.....
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    Original recipe
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    Good to see you.
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    I'm on the weird side of Youtube Phatmass again
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  20. Mental Illness, Politics, and Guns

    There is always family, if you're fortunate enough to have relatives who care. But, often times the troubled Family (person) member rejects the people who love the most (I see it all the time) because of some petty hard feelings from along time ago, over a nothing. IE: tough love - sometimes in the case of a parent you do or say something for the childs own good, etc. Family is the only solution to this problem, for it is unconditional. Mental health services can never replace Family. Brother sister mom or dad, grandparents, etc.
  21. Communities Accepting Candidates Over 50

    Thijs - thank you for the clarification. I guess I'm just wearily accustomed to seeing sweeping statements about our/other communities' "state of health" based on meeting a few elderly sisters. I agree it's good to look further afield, and some of the local orders will have their motherhouse and noviciate elsewhere anyway, maybe even in the US. At the same time people might have a reason for wanting to remain in an area, such as not being too far from ageing parents.
  22. Communities Accepting Candidates Over 50

    Dear Sr. Leticia, Ontario is very large: Ottawa is an archdiocese, on the other side of the province from the London diocese, and separated by a couple of dioceses including giant Toronto. For the questioner: because finding communities who accept vocation over 50 can be difficult, you might have to be willing to look further than you thought - while at the same time, possibly finding a community in your 'backyard', so to speak.
  23. Mental Illness, Politics, and Guns

    I support an equal-use in-community support system, which will be primarily help support and try to transition people as much as possible in-community, with ample social-care and welfare-assistance. But a major complication and challenge to delivering comprehensive health care and moreover mental health care is that many those with significant mental health matters do not have reasonable access to it. I think the simplest (though far less than what I propose) thing that could be done is to simply grant medicaid to those who need it... but that is 'obamacare expansion' is quite controversial moreover among Republican-leaning States.
  24. Mental Illness, Politics, and Guns

    He was still semi-functional because he was able to do basic functions for himself. He didn't need anyone to wipe his backside when he used the bathroom, spoon feed him, bathe him, etc. An extremely dysfunctional person would be someone like my brother. My brother had to be monitored around the clocked, given baths by hand, etc. My point still stands. The system is insufficient to take care of all the people who need help. There are VERY long wait lists for mental health services due to lack of funding. There simply isn't enough funding to cover everyone who needs it. The discussion about mental health will never go beyond a discussion if we don't address the issue of funding.
  25. Mead Making!

    I previously built a forced carbonation and dispensing station which I gave away when I left for seminary. I don't currently have the resources, but I would eventually like to build another one. I kept my blichmann beer gun, and I'd like to make some sparkling meads.
  26. DOC Lenten Discernment Retreat

    That sounds very interesting! It would be useful to know something more about it, if you would be happy to share - either publicly or via PM - something of how it is structured, how the accompaniment side works and so on. And blessings on your retreat
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