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    I had a good long talk with the provincial. She and the other sisters still have some hesitations about whether this is the right place for me, as my particular needs and strengths aren't a natural fit with their apostolate on first sight, but they invited me to do a three-month live-in so that we can discern this together. My work is quite flexible, but I still can't get my employer to give me three months off on the spot, so it will take a bit of time to arrange. Please pray for this.
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    Damage control
  4. It's Saturday!

    I'm excited to switch breviaries. Yes small things amuse me.
  5. Dropping out for Jesus

    FindVocation, I don't think anyone was criticising you personally. They just had reservations about the advice you gave. We do have answers in the Bible, you're right - it's just that they're not as straightforward as you're saying. As I pointed out, there is a Biblical example of a man wanting to follow Jesus right then and then, but Jesus telling him no, he needed to go back home and tell people there about mercy. That was this man's vocation, and it was just as important as the fishermen's call to drop everything on the spot and follow Christ. To discern well we need to interpret the Bible. If we could open it and see our every decision written down for us in black and white, you wouldn't even need a spiritual father for guidance. I think the important thing is to be faithful to the present moment. To do what God is asking of you in this moment. To renounce any and all distractions in this moment. I don't think this conflicts with your spiritual father's advice at all. As today's Gospel tells us, someone who is faithful in little things can be trusted in great. One other dangerous temptation is daydreaming about how we'll serve God in the future as a monk or nun and viewing all the time we have until entrance as a complete waste - in short, neglecting the little things in order to fantasise about that one great thing that we're going to do. If we're faithful to small things, they will lead us down the right path, but if we keep frittering away time by daydreaming about what we might do in the future (or even next week!), we may never get anywhere. Of course there are some people who keep putting off religious life even though they have a niggling sense that they might be called, inventing fresh excuses for why they can't try it with every week that passes. If someone has been discerning for years and appears to just be treading water and going nowhere, there's obviously an issue. But there's a difference between prevaricating about a religious vocation and thinking prudently about whether the time is right.
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    Heyy internet people calm down a bit, its only my opinion, so we should respect each other. I mean we are scared nowadays to make hard choices....... Maybe iam wrong, but isnt god everything ? My spiritual father told me the devil wants to delay entrances (as much as he can) into religious orders because he knows how fruitful the life is. fight the fight and don't give up! Whats the point then that we have answers in bible ? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6,33 Totally agree with @Francis Clare .... we know so much little information about you
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  10. " Salvator Mundi "

  11. You’ve won the lottery

    1. Pay off all my debts. 2. Pay off my parents' mortgage and my brother's college loans. 3. Pay off certain friends' mortgages and establish college trusts for my godchildren. 4. Buy and furnish a modest, secluded (though not too much so) parcel of property for myself that requires minimal maintenance. 5. Consider if any friends or family may need an interest-free loan, investment, or gift in order to start or expand businesses. Work out particulars with them and with an attorney. 6. Create endowments for regional churches and organizations promoting the Traditional Latin Mass. 7. Invest the remainder in order to receive a monthly income off of it. Entrust the particulars of this to an accountant or an attorney. 8. Keep my job and attempt to carry on as though nothing had ever happened, never speaking publicly about my windfall.
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    2 Saturdays left until the new year. 6 Saturdays left until the other new year
  13. " Salvator Mundi "

    It’s symbolic of, according to the experts (I don’t see it)
  14. Mind Blowing

    Neither is silent. There's a harder emphasis on "scent" than "sent" or "cent."
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  16. Mind Blowing

    Stolen from BC Mensa Thoughts: * Do twins ever reali­ze that one of them i­s unplanned? * What if my dog only­ brings back my ball ­because he thinks I l­ike throwing it? * If poison expires, ­is it more poisonous ­or is it no longer po­isonous? * Which letter is sil­ent in the word "Scen­t," the S or the C? * Why is the letter W­, in English, called ­double U? Shouldn't i­t be called double V?­ and why isn't "m" ca­lled "double n" * Maybe oxygen is slo­wly killing you and I­t just takes 75-100 y­ears to fully work. * Every time you clea­n something, you just­ make something else ­dirty - The word "SWIMS" up­side-down is still "SWIMS". - Intentionally losin­g a game of rock, pap­er, scissors is just ­as hard as trying to ­win. - 100 years ago every­one owned a horse and­ only the rich had ca­rs. Today everyone ha­s cars and only the r­ich own horses. - Your future self is­ watching you right n­ow through memories. - The doctors that to­ld Stephen Hawking he­ had two years to liv­e in 1953 are probabl­y dead. - If you replace "W" ­with "T" in "What, Wh­ere and When", you ge­t the answer to each of them. - If you rip a hole i­n a net, there are ac­tually fewer holes in­ it than there were b­efore. - If 2/22/22 falls on­ a Tuesday, we'll jus­t call it "2's Day". ­ (It does fall on a Tu­esday)
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  23. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    _________________ Saint John Climacus (c.575-c.650), monk on Mount Sinai The Ladder of Divine Ascent (trans. Archimandrite Lazarus Moore; cf. coll. Spiritualité orientale no. 24, pp. 290.299-300 rev.) God, our only teacher of prayer Prayer by reason of its nature is the converse and union of man with God, and by reason of its action upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, future gladness, boundless activity, the source of graces, invisible progress, food of the soul, the enlightening of the mind, an axe for despair, the annulling of sorrow, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, the realization of success, a proof of one's spiritual condition, a revelation of the future, a sign of glory. Have great courage, and you will have God himself for your teacher in prayer. Just as it is impossible to learn to see by word of mouth because seeing depends on one's own natural sight, so it is impossible to realize the beauty of prayer from the teaching at others. Prayer is learned by praying and it has a Teacher all its own: God, who teaches knowledge and grants the prayer of him who prays and blesses the years of the just. Daily Gospel.org
  24. Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9 When peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land, bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree. And as he alighted, he filled every place with death; he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth. For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed. The cloud overshadowed their camp; and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging: Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road, and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood. Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand, after they beheld stupendous wonders. For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising you, O Lord! their deliverer. Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43 R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done! or: R. Alleluia. Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds. Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done! or: R. Alleluia. Then he struck every first born throughout their land, the first fruits of all their manhood. And he led them forth laden with silver and gold, with not a weakling among their tribes. R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done! or: R. Alleluia. For he remembered his holy word to his servant Abraham. And he led forth his people with joy; with shouts of joy, his chosen ones. R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done! or: R. Alleluia. Alleluia See 2 Thes 2:14 R. Alleluia, alleluia. God has called us through the Gospel, to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 18:1-8 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" - - - 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
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