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  2. NisiTe

    Carmelite Hermits, Lake Elmo

    The nuns are not hermits if that helps--they are Discalced (OCD). The men who live in the hermitage are OCarm. I think there are about 13 nuns in the community.
  3. Gary david

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    Thank you sister for sharing your past like that. It sounds like you have had a healthy and happy one.... except for your foot of course, another one of lifes lessons. I also spent much time at my grandparents farm many years ago, and your right, we carry these experiences with us all our lives. Glad to hear that your seedlings have done well, they have found good soil and haven't withered. I hope the rest of your crops do equally as well, and if not then you still had the pleasure of getting your hands full of God's precious soil.....as well as under your fingernails. Thank you sister again for continuing your story of your seedlings progress. God bless you sister.....
  4. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/the-joys-of-growing-things/
  5. If that is what you're describing - the key thing to dealing with that is knowing that existential dissapointment is essential to human development. Integrating that stress is how we psychologically mature. When you have someone who has only faced mild existential crisis, mild interpersonal disappointment or "expectation hangover" - perhaps only as a teenager - that person overall has the life experience of finding out they always were who they thought they were. They often have an intuition that something is "missing" or sensation that they are living at a superficial level. I mean, if my spouse located his marriage to me as the locus of disappointment in how his life turned out, it would be hard not to be upset and take that personally. But, I hope I could remind myself that it likely has next to nothing to do with me personally. The existential dissapointment would come regardless of who he married. Hopefully it would! Because as I said integrating past that is key to living a meaningful rich life. So, the thing to do would be support him through it, if you can. Its ouch though.
  6. Can you explain further what you mean? Like, being married to a particular person causes someone to doubt the meaning of their lives, and to believe life "didnt turn out" like they'd hoped it would?
  7. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Barbara. I suppose that it would be the proper thing to do and wait for the church to officially approve medgjegorie, although they have approved the first 7 apparitions and do not stop Catholics from going there or venerating. They neither approve or dissaprove. And it is unusual for the church to have approved the first 7 apparitions while she continues to appear. I guess they wait until the apparitions are complete to give their approval. The church moves so slow Barbara. It's a good thing turtles are not fireman. But I suppose it's not that important whether or not the church approves or dssaproves. Nothing will stop God from opening the veil of heaven to help us. Ok Barbara, another day has begun and I ask God's blessings upon you. Talk to you later.....
  8. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    I perform works of mercy in every soul. The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy. My mercy is confirmed in every work of My hands. He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 723). (Marians of The Immaculate Conception) Full Text Diary of St Faustina free online https://diaryofstfaustina.wordpress.com/
  9. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Diary of St Faustina excerpt: “‘I am love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.’” (1273, page 459) Prayer of St Faustina To Be Merciful "O Lord. I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor. Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbors’ souls and come to their rescue. Help me, O Lord, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbors’ needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings. Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all. Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks. Help me, O Lord, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness (...) Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. (...)May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me" (Diary # 163).
  10. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Thank you very much for the link, Gary. I do prefer to wait until The Church gives approval to Medjugorje. From the very little I do know of Medjugorje, approval may not be far away. I was very much attracted to Faustina when her diary was suspect (picked up a small pamphlet on her& her diary in Church foyer) but did not follow through on my attraction until the diary was cleared and later her beatification and canonization. Your love of Our Lady shines and I think she rewards you with consolation when you present petitions to Medjugorje. I do hope The Church will approve her appearances and messages - so many have great faith in them. I hope too that somehow you will get to visit the site. May Our Lady shower you with many consolations. I had a quick look at your link and there is a lot of information on the website. I will be having a closer look and read. From what I did see, there is a very strong call to prayer. Thank you for sharing
  11. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Social drinker
  12. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Barbara. You are fortunate to have someone like this in your life, truely a blessing from God. I am not sure whether or not this is of interest to you or not but I have a link to Medgjegorie. It is for prayer intentions. You write your intentions here and they are presented before our blessed mother when she appears each month and then they are burned. I just thought that you may find this of value or maybe not. I would have always liked to visit Medgjegorie but never could, so I at times will send a prayer request and it gives me a very good feeling that it is presented before our blessed mother. It's the only way I can get there Barbara. So this is the link if you wish to do this.......God bless..... https://www.medjugorje.ws/en/apparitions/docs-prayer-intentions/
  13. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Thank you, Gary - My Carmelite prioress is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given me. I met her when she was still Sister and it must be around 40 years ago now. I have learnt so much from her and yes, through her unwavering Faith mine too has been strengthened. We have been through a lot and seen many changes. She was a faithful and consistent support through my very ill years no matter the circumstances. Nothing, therefore, happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen: God either permits it to happen, or He brings it about Himself. - St. Augustine
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  15. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Social worker
  16. How do you deal with causing your spouse existential disappointment?
  17. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Thank you Barbara for extending peace and joy to me. Yes, Chernoble was a terrible accident. Many suffered and still do from it's radioactive causing cancer. We never know what may happen in the next moment. It is so very good that you keep our blessed mother on a pedestal. She deserves boh a pedestal of wood and of faith, the second I'm sure she preffers most. There is no doubt this bring smiles to Jesus. And that Carmalite prioress sounds like she has deep unwavering faith. Isint comforting to hear and speak with someone like that? They have the God given ability through their faith to increase our own. She really must be a gem indeed. Alright Barbara, I hope you rested well and everything is ok. God bless.....
  18. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Joy and Peace wherever you might be in your day, Gary. Have a good one..........10.40pm here and I am about to switch off and head for bed............ I loved that adorable image of the puppy! Thank you for sharing all the above. I was particularly moved by "The most prized and certainly rare friendship is when one lays their life down for the other, similar to what Jesus has done for us" I have been watching the series "Chernobyl". While I do not know how true to life it might be, the sheer magnitude of what happened in Chernobyl in reality tells me that many workers did indeed lay down their lives for others, their brothers and sisters - comrades. It was a terrible event and surely must have asked great courage and bravery. The Holy Spirit blows wherever He May. And gold is always wherever it is found. Deo Gratius Laudate Dominum. I like too what Therese and Teresa said about prayer. It boils it all down to its basic essence, what it is essentially. Once these basics are in place which flow from and originate in prayer, all else will flow from the basics and then back to them........warm friendship and spontaneity with Jesus. I have had great devotion to Our Lady all my conscious life. My Dad taught me to pray to her from my earliest recollections. I have her on a huge pedestal as the very essence of femininity and womanhood, faithful and loving wife and mother . I was musing one day with a Carmelite prioress pal of mine why I only turn in a very focused way to Our Lady when desperate. She replied "Oh Our Lady knows you would not bother her unnecessarily". That says more about my Carmelite pal than me for sure. Another thing that illustrated her gentleness of thought was when I was telling her about my dreaded task of pulling out weeds. She said "You mean the uninvited guests in our gardens". She is a gem. Yep, win or lose was never The Lord's focus and His Domain anyway - it is always our sincerity of heart in all things.
  19. Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Good morning Barbara! I really liked that quote saying that prayer is nothing more than being friends with God. It is uncomplicated and straight to the point. I liken that to a heartfelt handshake or hug. Like a true friendship here on earth, if it is real it cannot be denied of it's value. The truer and deeper the friendship is the more evident it will be. The most prized and certainly rare freindship is when one lays their life down for the other, similar to what Jesus has done for us. So I like that quote and for this reason. God knows the sincerity of our hearts. It is good to know that you are praying the rosary Barbara, I know your prayers will be heard and assisted by our blessed mother. We need all the help we can get. I hope your day is well and may God bless you Barbara.....
  20. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Just at the moment, I am maintaining formal type daily prayer by praying 2 decades of The Rosary morning prayer. 1 decade afternoon prayer and the final 2 as evening prayer.
  21. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    We never know how much real faith we have until it is put to the test in some fierce storm; and that is the reason why the Saviour is on board. If you are ever to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, your strength will be born in some storm. - Anonymous One of the elders said: It is not because evil thoughts come to us that we are condemned, but only because we make use of the evil thoughts. It can happen that from these thoughts we suffer shipwreck, but it can also happen that because of them we may be crowned. - from The Wisdom of the Desert, by Thomas Merton
  22. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Factory worker
  23. BarbaraTherese

    SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Thankfully! Thank you again, Father
  24. cappie

    SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries. The whole of Easter has been about equipping us with powerful faith tools to defeat the forces that would drag us down. There are post-Resurrection stories of a group of defeated fishermen who end up going back to their lives of fishing, only to discover the risen Jesus meeting them for breakfast. There are the travellers walking to Emmaus encountering a stranger who turns out to be Jesus, who breaks bread with them. They discover their hearts gladdened. These are experiences opened to us, too. So, where do these good things come from? You can’t place an Amazon order for them, no, but you can hear them, experience them, and find them in the faith community. The early Christians learned they could face persecution, possible arrest, trial, and even execution because of the power of the resurrection they found in the Easter community. They also learned that what happened to them was of little account, because they placed themselves under the gracious God who delivered them from the pall of darkness in their lives. And we listen as Jesus teaches the disciples about what will happen after he leaves them. God will send an advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will do two things: teach and remind. The Spirit will teach us how God desires and gives us the good things we need, even when we don’t know what they are or how to ask for them. The Spirit will also remind us, especially when things are not going well, what really matters and to whom we belong. The faith community is the place where we are restored, not in just a feel-good way, but in the depths of our hearts. The sign of the cross, the breaking of the bread at communion, the hymns (read the words even if you don’t sing), and the Scriptures are all reminders of how much we are loved and cherished and redeemed. As a wise bishop once said, “Human beings solve problems; God redeems messes.” All of us think we can fix things, but often messes overwhelm us. We are reminded, as the disciples were after the death of Jesus, that God redeems messes – and that includes each of us. Had the first apostles and disciples held onto a narrow vision of Jesus' purpose, had they hoped in restoration rather than new possibilities, likely the church as we understand it today would not have existed. The admittance of Gentiles into the community of Good News radically and forever changed the face of the church. That decision, as Luke presents it, opened the peace of Jesus to all, allowed for a shared vision of the future, and invited the other to love Jesus and demonstrate that love through works of mercy and justice. God has another way that is based on abundance. God gives us what we need, always providing for us those things which cannot be bought or bargained for. They are things that endure, such as hope, faith, love, fellowship, and friends. They are qualities like peace and wisdom and courage. God gives us these gifts through the Spirit, and God also gives the ability to find them in others. The world is full of them, though often they are masked by our focus on the news of anger and darkness. These readings stand as a litmus test of sorts to measure our own faith. We may readily welcome the peace of Jesus, happy to embrace the hope envisioned in Revelation but do we continue to respond with love and action. Do we welcome the other in the spirit of Acts? Are the marginalized offered a seat at our table? Are we, like the Apostles, willing to risk making decisions to include rather than limit? Any less is not worthy of an Easter people. .
  25. be_thou_my_vision

    Carmelite Hermits, Lake Elmo

    I don’t know how many sisters there are total, but there are a number of young sisters in formation. God Bless!
  26. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Gary - Bipolar Disorder is something I find scary. I can have a feeling like walking in an unlit park at night with a stalker following me. During times of stress and bipolar restlessness, it is as if I can feel an episode lurking in the background of my mind knowing that anything might trip and trigger an actual episode. Probably bipolar will affect my life to some degree or other for the rest of my life. While it can scare me, I know I am in Good Hands - bipolar is a blessing wearing very strange garments to that with which we probably normally think of as blessings. At the actual time, however, rarely if that can I get past downright scared. I can only get things into perspective once bipolar settles down once more. This is what I mean too by the astounding all embracing broadness of God's Love and Will - He knows my attitude, even when I cannot bring it in to consciousness once again and walk the talk. To me, this is one of those times when The Holy Spirit prays for me what I am unable at the time to pray. Although at the time, I am unable to know it. " In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit" (Romans Ch8) "All is well. All is well and all manner of things will be well" (Julian of Norwich) Fr Mike is indeed a gifted speaker. He can put complex matters quite simply and I do like watching his videos, almost as much as "Everyone Loves Raymond" .........oh and "Doc Martin" too. Preaching, stating, sharing, posting etc. - life is all attitude and perspective in all things. To think one knows all there is to know will soon be pulled up by learning something new. And if not, so be it. We are all in Safe Hands in Grace, despite our weaknesses, faults and venial failings.......despite at times what might be downright silly thinking. God bless you also By way of something of an introduction, Doc Martin is a GP who is afraid of blood.
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