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  2. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Spiritual forgiveness
  3. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    spiritual light
  4. Sister Leticia

    Come & See in UK and Ireland

    Resurrecting this thread, with a plug for my own congregation's next Come & See... and, so that I retain some sort of impartiality a link to all events on the UK Religious Life website (and the site also has other resources, including info about the God Calls app) http://www.ukreligiouslife.org/events/
  5. little2add

    What I realized in this awful day I had

    Forget about yourself and focus on Mom’s needs and desires , you may find that this will make you a better person and feel better about life!
  6. GraceUk

    Abortion Ban in Alabama

    Unlike the UK whose abortion laws are shameful. Abortion allowed very late for no reason at all it would seem. Except woman changed her mind about having a child.
  7. deusluxmea

    What I realized in this awful day I had

    No advice, so sorry you are having a bad time right now. I hope you have some mental health support to get you through this. Prayers ascending.
  8. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    As we see time and time again, God works through people. Thank you Barbara.........God bless you......
  9. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, - a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise. - George Herbert
  10. BarbaraTherese

    Australian Federal Election

    MORRISON (Liberal)THANKFUL AFTER MIRACLE WIN By AAP10:13 Scott Morrison has thanked Australian voters after pulling off an extraordinary election win. The Prime Minister went to church with wife Jenny this morning after the miracle victory. "I give thanks to live in the greatest country in all the world," he said outside the Horizon Church. "Thanks again to all Australians all across the country." Hugging members of the church congregation, Mr Morrison praised the people of the Sutherland Shire in his home seat of Cook, and his team of local volunteers.
  11. Yesterday
  12. Gary david

    Roses and wildflowers

    Some would see a rose, and another its thorns. Some would see a weed and another a wildflower. Both are gifts of the Lord both will bring for some a smile and the other a frown. Do we choose to see the beauty of His creation or feel the prick of our wrong perspective? What perspective do we choose to see in Gods creation of mankind? We all posses the beautiful rose along with the thorns. Choosing to see only the thorns, you yourself with only show your own. To see the beauty of the rose in people, will bloom one in yourself. God works through people and treating them as a rose will make them bloom as well. I write this for reasons that more than likely we mostly all understand. There are many that need the touch of a rose and not its thorns. There is a man, maybe you heard, it was on the news. His plan was to end his life by jumping off the golden gate bridge. As he was riding there on the bus he said all he needed was a smile or a kind word and this would have changed his mind, but that didnt happen and people just looked the other way. He did arrive at the bridge and did jump, but just as he went over the side he had instant regret. He did survive along with terrible injuries and after healing decided to help others in the state he had been in and also began a funding in california that would erect a suicide net covering all of the underneath of this bridge which will be completed in 2022. We need not understand people entirely to give them the touch of a rose. It is what God expects of us and we can never tell what course we have saved another from taking including our own. May God bless us all.....
  13. possiblesista

    What I realized in this awful day I had

    Hello everyone, I had a really awful day today. I have been dealing with severe depression and anxiety and my mother just blows off some of my problems. I tried to talk to her so many times, but she does not listen. Lately, I have been questioning God,it seems like I have no purpose and he is just ignoring me. I just wish my heart would stop hurting and I could feel like a normal person for one day. Prayers/advice would be appreciated.
  14. I think a few days is fine. But if I sent an email to somebody and they hadn't replied within a month I'd certainly think they either hadn't received it or they weren't going to reply at all for some reason.
  15. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Light weight
  16. I've noticed this. At the university where I teach, there is a policy that says staff should respond to students' emails within two working days. I always keep to that, but I have had students emailing their query to the head of department literally three hours after contacting me, because "Beatitude hasn't replied." I think we could learn a few lessons from monastic timekeeping...
  17. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Light bulb
  18. BarbaraTherese

    Australian Federal Election

    At 10.09 pm Sth Aust time, the drift seems to be that the Liberal Coalition Party will remain as our Government with Scott Morrison our Prime Minister. Nothing is a fait accompli as yet and we probably won't know for sure until tomorrow. There are still a lot of seats with votes to be counted and the determination at this point is "Too close to call". Deo Gratius Laudate Dominum
  19. Things may be different now, but, if you are accepted in a community, I believe it still would be standard for them to let you know what you would need (including, for example, whether you'd need to pay for your health insurance.) There never was one standard for every religious community. I don't know that communities require anyone to have income/investments, though some may require you give them a donation. If you do have any money, keep it! Don't even dream of giving it to the poor or to the community. No-one knows what is ahead. If you are entering an active community, in many cases whatever salary you receive goes to the congregation - if anything happened where you had to leave, you would not have any savings. When I entered religious life, the community did not require a dowry, but provided only housing and such food as we had to those in formation. Until one made vows, family members had to pay for anything you needed beyond this. In some congregations, especially those which had many members, even those in final vows had to have family buy them items such as shoes. There can be provisions not only for what you must bring, but what you may. It can very much vary. If you are set to enter, ask about this. I personally think blogs on the topic are a very poor idea. I think many people live to regret sharing highly personal information (however innocent) on the Internet. Even communities which have 'my vocation story' videos on their own sites would have them carefully reviewed. I entered many years before the Internet existed - but I can only imagine how Sisters would have reacted to anyone's publishing her story of following her vocation. It would have been seen as very self-absorbed, and overestimating your own importance.
  20. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    First light
  21. BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    First one
  22. BarbaraTherese

    Australian Federal Election

    Polling booths close at 6pm, in roughly one hour - results could mean either quick results at around 7.30pm if there is a clear victory or drag out much longer if the election is a close one. Praying that God's Will will be done. Either way His Will will be done in that if the results are not in accord with His Direct Will, then His Permissive Will will draw good out of a negative situation. But praying that His Direct Will will be done for the Australian Federal Parliamentary elections. I am hoping and praying for a Labour victory.
  23. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    A lovely and spot on little video, it says it all in 2 mins 20 seconds: "Is it Normal to have Doubts about Faith?" Sister Karen Ann Lortscher, OSB I really enjoy watching "Call the Midwife" on our Australian ABC Channel 2 - also I can catch up with the various series on Foxtel Go. What I really enjoy about the program is the characters are all so very human, including the religious sisters. Each episode is really interesting and rather often has layers of meaning. Good script writing and acting. You can catch "Call the Midwife" here: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/call-the-midwife
  24. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Last one
  25. little2add

    Abortion Ban in Alabama

    05/16/19 Missouri just passed a bill banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy The Missouri House just passed restrictive abortion bill prohibiting abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy -- after a heartbeat is detected -- though many women often don't know they're pregnant in that time. The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest. Missouri's House voted 110-44 in favor of H.B. 128. The bill will now head to Governor Mike Parson’s desk, he is expected to sign the bill in about a week, according to Governor Parson’s spokesperson. the Democrats are loosing there minds over this!
  26. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Last Laugh
  27. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Gary - Your story of both you and your mother was very moving to read - a story blest by the Presence of The Lord and thank you very much for sharing it. May He continue to bless you daily...........and yes, talk later........ Regards - Barb
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