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  1. 9 points
    PhuturePriest

    So Yesterday I Turned 21

    I joined this website when I was 14. Let that sink in and feel old. I got to celebrate my birthday by serving for His Eminence, Cardinal Burke. It was my second time meeting him, and he is such a kind and gentle man. Knowing it was my 21st birthday, he allowed an exception in his busy schedule so I could have a picture with him. Then this morning after serving Mass for him again, I spoke with him afterwards and asked him to sign a copy of Hope For the World. His response was "For you? How could I say no?" I could have melted. Anyway, for the more alcoholic-interested people, I went to a great Irish pub in Dallas and had an ale for my first drink, which was fantastic. I knew I hated beer and didn't know what the difference was, but I knew I love ye olde England, and chose a drink based off that. Smithwick's ale is fantastic and I will be ordering another one when possible. Someone bought me a whiskey despite my protests, and, as expected, I despised it. I then tried a frozen margarita which, as expected, I hated. And the low quality picture, for those of you who are still mildly interested in that. It's unfortunate it isn't great, but he was in a hurry, plus there are a ton of other pictures that will be coming out soon.
  2. 7 points
    beatitude

    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.
  3. 7 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Needs of our home

    Would you please pray for our facility for elderly/vulnerable. One special intention is regarding our Mass schedule. Thank you.
  4. 6 points
    dominicansoul

    do you wish those who reject papal infallibility would leave the church?

    I would rather they repent and be saved rather than leave the Church
  5. 5 points
    DameAgnes

    26 year-old Poor Clare makes solemn profession

    Nice story, nice pics. http://catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Religious_Vocations/Poor_Clare_sister_gives_a__definitive_yes__to_God/
  6. 5 points
    beatitude

    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.
  7. 5 points
    dominicansoul

    Torn meniscus

    So about 3 weeks ago, I was praying with my Dominican Sisters and I noticed when I got up from kneeling, my knee felt weird. Then a week went by and it felt worse. Then another week...then another week...to the point it became unbearable so I went to my doctor. He thinks I have torn my meniscus. I'm getting an MRI on Thursday. I don't want surgery. Please pray its not torn off or that bad to the point i need surgery. Pray it heals up. *sigh* I just don't want surgery... Thanks for the prayers
  8. 5 points
    PhuturePriest

    So Yesterday I Turned 21

    An image from Friday of us carrying a statue of Our Lady of Fatima made in 1947. We carried it around the church property for the span of a rosary. My arm is still recovering.
  9. 5 points
    Maggyie

    FILIAL CORRECTION of Pope Francis

    Nonsense, McM. The Church's teaching on the indissolubility of marriage MATTERS. I don't agree with this document, but I don't agree with wolves like yourself who want to pretend these issues are not important. Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, the Good Shepherd, teaches explicitly that remarriage after divorce is ADULTERY. Are you a racist? You can receive communion, but you must go to confession first and stop being a racist. Did you participate in the death penalty process, as a guard who did the injections for instance? You can go to communion, but first you must confess and take steps never to be involved again (you must quit that job). Beat your wife and children? You can receive communion, but first, confession, and stop beating them. Lie, rape, cheat on your taxes, hire a prostitute, do IVF, have an abortion... what's the key ingredient? A firm purpose of amendment. You and others seem to think that divorcees (and a couple other select kinds of sinners) are Magical Sin Unicorns who don't need to "go and (at least try) to sin no more" in order to get right with God. The people who violate all the other commandments? Our sinful urges don't have to do with having an orgasm so... too bad! No Magical Unicorn exception for us! We are expected to try to exercise our self-control! There are many divorced and remarried people receiving the sacraments already... guess what... because they are committed to not sinning any more! And sometimes they fail. Then they go to confession and try again! This solution to the problem has been used for CENTURIES. People like you want to pretend that it's asking too much for a man to even TRY to refrain from putting his private parts into a woman who lives with him. Speaking as a woman, it's truly a disgusting point of view and no doubt launched a thousand martial (and non-martial) rapes.
  10. 4 points
    zabbazooey

    Possible job promotion

    On Tuesday I hear whether or not I get a promotion. This would mean a lot to my family. Any prayers would be appreciated.
  11. 4 points
    PhuturePriest

    My Vocation?

    Oh dear, it's another me. I'm glad you had a really positive experience at the Steubenville conference! Good job on not allowing it to be just a weekend high and really sticking with it so far. As for the question at hand, take this from someone who was very much like you at your age: don't strain to search for the hand of God in every detail. I thought I might be called to marriage for a while because of one girl in particular whom I was very close to. Over a small period, I became certain God was calling us to marry, and I imagined the life we would surely have together. One night, while having a serious conversation on the phone, she said in a meaningful voice "Miles, I love you." I had to sit down -- it was everything I knew God wanted finally happening before my eyes. I asked her, just to be sure, "You mean, in a romantic way?" I'll never forget her answer: "No no no no no no no no, I mean in a totally Platonic way." Before that event by a few months, I visited a seminary. I had desired to be a priest for two years at that point, and I couldn't wait to go. I went and decided definitively that God was most certainly not calling me to be a priest. And now I'm in my second year of seminary. I have all but entirely lost contact with that girl. Not because we don't like each other as people, but just because our lives took us different places and as we matured we became less compatible as friends. Life is weird. As far as being attracted to this girl after not being attracted to her, it might be something, but it might also not be. Attraction is very weird and fickle, especially at your age. The aforementioned girl that I was quite certain God was calling me to marry told me "I don't know why I don't like you in that way, because you're literally everything I want in a guy." If I can give you any practical advice, it's to not look so closely to find God's hand in everything you think might be significant, because often what ends up happening is we just decide something is God's will in order to justify what we want. Looking back on my life, I can see God's hand in many seemingly small things, all of which led me to be where I am now. But the thing about these events is that I could only know what they mean in retrospect, not at the time. I can only think of a handful of events in which I knew for a fact what they meant at the time. When I was "certain" God was not calling me to be a priest, it's because I was crazy over a girl. Same concerning my certainty that God was calling me to marry the other girl. I kept taking my feelings at the time and applying them definitively to God's will, which is exactly what we shouldn't do. So, just relax. Enjoy this friendship with this girl and see where it goes. Don't make any assumptions about what your vocation is or isn't -- just follow along your path one day at a time and be open to whatever God wants. I don't know what your vocation is, but I can say with certainty what God wants of you right now is to relax and just grow in holiness and enjoy your time being 15. Adulthood is long and adolescence far too short -- don't make it shorter by trying to be an adult prematurely.
  12. 4 points
    DaveGrey

    For my vocation, and for all others

    As you will see in my post on Vocation Station, I am trying to discern my vocation right now, and I need all the prayers I can get. I also want to pray for all others who are trying to discern their vocations, their calls from God.
  13. 4 points
    dominicansoul

    HHS Mandate

    When the Democrats forced Catholics to pay for birth control/abortions... I was outraged! I hated seeing my Sisters having to fight for their religious liberties guaranteed by the Constitution!!! But thank God, Trump lifted the mandate for religious objectors! PRAISE BE TO JESUS! It's over, it's done! Let's thank God that this terrible law has been rescinded. Thank you Thank you Jesus!
  14. 4 points
    beatitude

    For the conversion of friends

    Please pray for two close friends of mine. One is from a not very practising Muslim background. She's extremely interested in Christianity and asks me a lot of questions about Jesus and the faith. She seems to have a very pure and instinctive grasp of basic Christian truths, even though she's never had much contact with Christianity before - often her insights and questions are so clear. The other is a former Orthodox Jew who became an atheist. She has experienced a lot of suffering in her life and she's tired out. Sometimes she comes with me to church and when she is with me there I can see that she is curious and frightened and hurting all at the same time. Please pray for them both to see the way forward, and to know that they are loved by God.
  15. 4 points
    chrysostom

    For the dead, injured, and mourning in Las Vegas

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  16. 4 points
    Carla

    Carla Discerning Vocation

    Dear friends in Christ! Thank you so much for so many nice words and messages.It really warm my heart and soul to see so many message of encouragement. Soon i will be able to write more but for now be free to contact me i will gladly to talk with all of you kind people.One of my new roles in my community will be that i will work with new possible vocations.So if anyone desire to just talk about it or have some question (not only about my order) i will be more then happy to help. God bless you all!
  17. 3 points
    TheresaThoma

    Split-heart vocation

    Hi! Welcome to Phatmass! Looking for a spiritual director can be hard. If your campus has a Catholic center that would be a good place to start. If you regularly attend a parish ask the priest there. This may be a long shot but if there is a religious community nearby you see if they might be able to offer spiritual direction. It is not a deal breaker but it can be helpful if your SD has some understanding of religious life or even better experience in religious life. The two spiritual directors that were able to help me most were a Jesuit priest and a diocesan priest who had seriously discerned with Benedictines. As far as the situation with your brother I agree with Luigi about seeing about getting him into counseling and while you are discerning help him work on his independence. And this may seem harsh but you can't "build" your discernment around him. Trust that part of God's plan for your vocation involves Him taking care of your brother. This may be the push he needs to be more independent and seek the help it sounds like he needs. I obviously don't know the exact situation with your brother but part of his reaction may be the normal fear of "losing" you to the convent compounded with the other issues you mentioned. Some thoughts on how to calm those fears. As things progress share what the visiting/phone/letter writing policies are for the community. That might help him see that you aren't going to just drop off the face of the earth. I did a live-in experience this summer and I was surprised at the level of communication with families. There was a sense that your family was adopted into the general monastic family. I think the families felt that too. One of the biggest things that helped my family was being able to visit the community I am discerning with. I know they felt a bit overwhelmed by the attention the Sisters gave them but they could see I am happy there and really see the Sisters are "normal". As your discernment progresses ask if your brother can come for a short day visit. Even if it is just to pick you up or drop you off and stay for a couple of hours that may really help him. I will be praying for you!
  18. 3 points
    DameAgnes

    "My little sister joined a convent. Why am I so angry?"

    Interesting perspective. https://aleteia.org/2017/10/13/my-little-sister-joined-a-convent-so-why-am-i-this-angry/
  19. 3 points
    CatherineM

    Stop what you are doing and please pray

    The Devil likes to attack his fiercest enemies.
  20. 3 points
    DameAgnes

    A new "Ave" from the Benedictines of Mary

    Or not "new" but one I'd never heard before. https://aleteia.org/2017/10/18/the-benedictines-of-mary-singing-in-their-natural-habit-at/
  21. 3 points
    TheresaThoma

    My Vocation?

    PhuturePriest gave excellent advice! I would like to give a bit of my own. I have been discerning for about 7 years now and at multiple points I wanted to know so badly what God had planned for me and just do it. Something that I am just now realizing is at that point I just wasn't ready for what God is now asking of me. It wasn't that I wasn't listening but it just wasn't time yet. It can be difficult to be in that place of waiting but I have personally found great spiritual fruit in that balance of being at rest but ready to move forward when God calls. Enjoy your friendship with this young lady wherever it goes. There is a beauty in a guy/girl friendship that doesn't lead/involve a romantic relationship. A strong friendship is also the basis for a good romantic relationship too.
  22. 3 points
    beatitude

    For my family

    My nana died a couple of months ago, appointing my dad (her son) as executor of the will. I'm dismayed by how some of the relatives are behaving. They're fighting among themselves about what they have and haven't been bequeathed, and my dad is so stressed out with trying to resolve the disputes to everyone's satisfaction that he isn't sleeping properly and today he was almost crying. I hate seeing him like this and I'm really aghast by what's happening. It reminds me of vultures. Jesus (as always) was right: the love of money is the root of all evil. Please pray the Hail Mary for peace in our family.
  23. 3 points
    havok579257

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    who pissed on the american flag? hypocrites? you mean like the conservatives who are bashing liberals about Harvey Weinstein but didn't condemn Trump for his actions? Trump got a pass from conservatives. Same as Bill Clinton got a pass from liberals. Or Bill O'Reily gets a pass but conservatives go after Hilary and Obama for not making a comment about Harvey Weinstein. At the end of the day conservatives and liberals give a pass to their side and condemn the other side. Always happens. The more and more I see, the only rational people in these debates are the moderates. They will condemn both sides. Problem is there are not many moderates left. Maybe all people should take a step back and follow the bishops of America when it comes to american politics. I have seen the bishops condemn both sides as wrong and praised both sides as being right. They adhere to principal and not to political ideology.
  24. 3 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    Sleep, work, mil, etc

    That stuff.
  25. 3 points
    dominicansoul

    Tom Petty

    Pray for Tom Pettys soul. He hasn't died yet. Maybe he's been given this small time so that all of us can pray for him before he expires! ? Or maybe just maybe a miracle will occur and he wakes up from this okay? (He won't back down...) (okay I couldn't resist...) I love this artist, I grew up listening to him and saw him in concert a few years ago. It was amesome! One of the legendary rockers! Lord have mercy on his soul and prepare him as he is on the precipice between life and death...
  26. 3 points
    Laurie

    A Prima Ballerina & Consecrated Virgin -- Documentary

    Amazon has a documentary on Mireille Negre (you can rent it): https://www.amazon.com/Mireille-Negre-Devoted-Dancer/dp/B018IW4JVM/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1506291364&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=mirielle+negre Mireille entered the Paris Opera Ballet at nine, joined the Corps at seventeen, and became a prima ballerina by 22. She left the world of ballet at age 27, to join the Carmelites (in 1973) as Sr. Mirielle of the Heart of Jesus. After ten years as a Carmelite, she found out about the vocation to live as a consecrated virgin in the world. Only then did she feel as if she'd found her full vocation. She was a born dancer & artist, to the bottom of her soul, yet also longed to consecrate her life to God. Seeing no way to reconcile the two, she set dance aside and entered religious life. After obtaining permission to leave her order, she was consecrated by Cardinal Lustiger, and founded her own dance studio in Paris. Photo 1: Photo 2: Photo 3 (she is on the right): Photo 4:
  27. 3 points
    dominicansoul

    Hugh Hefner died

    As a devout Roman Catholic I feel very sad for Hugh Hefner. He pushed objectifying women to a whole new level and may even have been responsible for the sexual revolution of the 1960s, which saw a rise in extra marital affairs, out of wedlock pregnancies, abortions, rapes and sexually transmitted diseases. It's not like humans weren't having immoral sex before Hugh, it's that he normalized the behavior and called it "good." He then went on to make a billion dollar industry from smut. Pornography is a real addiction and disease. It affects the way we look at one another. We are more than just our fleshy parts! Jesus Christ warned that even just thinking lustfully youve sinned in your heart. Jesus condemned fornication. It saddens me that so many who say they follow Jesus behave in this same manner. The holy Scriptures tell us that only the pure in heart will see God. I know it's 2017, some may find what I'm saying old fashioned and prudish, but I just had to say it. This was not the way to live life, thinking only of the pleasures the flesh gives you. I cringe to think what Hugh and Jesus spoke about at his final judgement. May God have mercy on this mans soul. I write this so that people can pray for his soul, we cannot judge this man by saying he's now burning in hell for his sins because we don't know what his state of his soul at the time of death. Christ is merciful. But we also have to pray for an end to Hughes dynasty of smut. It remains on earth, a testament of this mans life. If anything I hope he makes it into purgatory...
  28. 3 points
    havok579257

    Conservative/Liberal.... then Catholic

    It seems more and more each day so many catholics put their politics ahead of their faith. They are some political stance first and a catholic second. Just think about all the catholics who support Trump's actions and words when he lies and personally insults people. Or liberals who support Democrat's who do the same thing. I just can't not understand why their is either rabid support for everything Trump foes or rabid support for evertyping the Democrats do. At the end of the day liberals and right on many things and wrong on many things. Conservatives and Trump are right on many things and wrong on many things. No one party is right, yet many catholics act like it. They support to good of one party and justify why the evil the party commits is justifiable . It's really sad. On another forum someone questioned why thier was not a catholic political party for catholics. The answer seems simple. Not enough catholics put their faith above their politics.
  29. 3 points
    Anomaly

    phatmass looks different

    This one in Comic Sans.
  30. 3 points
    dominicansoul

    This is what making America great again should look like

    I think this is beautiful too, I think this lady is on to something...
  31. 2 points
    Luigi

    Split-heart vocation

    As far as a spiritual director goes, does your campus have a Catholic ministry of some sort? A Newman Center, or something like that? Even if there isn't one, there's probably a parish that serves the college community. The priests there will be familiar with academia. And they may have non-ordained ministers, too - women religious who do spiritual direction or counseling or other sorts of ministries. As to the larger question, it sounds to me like your brother needs to start a program designed to build his independence. Suppose you stay in grad school until he completes his degree (and you, yours). And then you're ready to enter the convent. What will happen to him then? If he's still dependent on you, you won't be able to enter then, either. Most colleges offer psychological counseling services. They may have some limit on the number of times they'll see you - say, half a dozen - before they refer you to a community-based service or a service through your insurance provider. Scout up that office on campus and find out what they have to offer both you and him, especially regarding his depression. They can help him set goals - meet one new person a week, go out with other people at least once a week, set a schedule for paying bills, or whatever. Best of luck with it!
  32. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    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...
  33. 2 points
    dUSt

    send both conjoined twins to jail for one's crime?

    Just put a bird cage over the guilty twin's head. Problem solved.
  34. 2 points
    Luigi

    Excitement with Wildlife - Santa Rita Trappist

    Who says life in a monastery is boring? "We had a couple of exciting encounters with wildlife towards the end of September! First, a confused deer in the church garth jumped through one of the windows into our cloister hallway. Sisters Esther & Kate heard the crash of breaking glass and found the poor creature in the hallway! They were able to herd the deer up the hall to the phone booth where there is a sliding glass door for it to escape back outdoors. As far as we can tell, the deer was not injured. Sr. Pam cleaned up the broken glass and blocked up the broken window. Two days later, after replacing the window and while carrying her tools back to her office, Sr. Pam encountered a rattlesnake on the sidewalk outside the art building! The snake kindly warned her of its presence by setting off its rattle, so she did not step on it, but jumped back. After alerting Sr. Rita (our second superior, who was in charge while Mother Vicki was away at the General Chapter), she called our Sonoita-Elgin Fire District’s non-emergency number and requested their assistance with rattlesnake removal. A crew of three fire fighters, two men and one woman, came right over. It was the woman fire fighter who very calmly extended a long-handled snake grabbing tool, gently captured the snake, and lifted it into a special snake bucket. One of the men put the lid on the bucket. The snake was taken away to be released back into the wild at a safe distance from buildings and people. Thank you to the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District for helping us out!"
  35. 2 points
    truthfinder

    Cloistered Nuns

    There are definitely some communities - why don't you post in the vocation station. People in there tend to know these things, and there are several past threads on the same question.
  36. 2 points
    chrysostom

    My Vocation?

    I didn't date until after my teens were over. I discerned out of my first relationship...and now I'm figuring out the next steps which involve looking at religious life. Didn't regret any of that. What I do regret is all the time I wasted not praying and getting mired in my own sins. Everyone must make a choice, each day, to love God with all their heart. Whether you marry or do something else, that doesn't change. Go, go to the chapel and sit with Jesus awhile. Make plans to keep doing it, if you are able. Keep Him company. Look for your peace with Him, or else you won't find it with anyone else. Now is the time to get serious. So long as the spirit of prayer is in you, you'll be fine. Wish you the best.
  37. 2 points
    havok579257

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    The vast majority of people on here acnologe the problems with the left and call them out all the time. How many people on here blast the left for abortion, the transgender bathroom fiasco and the left's abandonment of God. What a lot of us take issue with is this assumption that conservatives are completely right on everything they do. That theis point of view is 100% right. That if they do something wrong conservatives try to justify or downplay their wrong doings. Conservativism is not completely right. Liberalism is not completely right. Catholicism is completely right. Conservativism and catholicism are not the same thing.
  38. 2 points
    Luigi

    The closing of a monastery

    Another Trappist monastery - Our Lady of the Assumption in Ava, MO - is not exactly closing, but it's transitioning. The aging Trappist monks have been hosting cistercian monks from Vietnam for several years. Brother Chronicler reports in the October newsletter: "Fr. Alberic our Superior left in September to attend the Trappist General Chapter at Assisi. Our community's vote to dissolve itself, in order to make room for our Vietnamese brother monks to make a new foundation here in the monastery, was presented for the General Chapter's acceptance. They gave their almost unanimous approval. Now the question will go to Rome for a final decision. The seven or eight Vietnamese monks here have been guests in our Trappist community. After the transfer the four or five American Trappist monks will remain as guests in their Cistercian community. We can say it stays all in the family. ... Peter Vo has been making an observership in our community. He will soon gain American citizenship. Then he will go to the mother house, Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vietnam, to do his novitiate. After that he can return to continue his monastic formation here. Fathers Thaddeus and Basil have applied for Permanent Residence (Green card). Four new Vietnamese monks have been chosen to become the next members in our community once they receive their visas as Religious Workers." In a side note, which I probably ought to post under Monastic Humor... "It is time for our fruit cake fliers to go out by mail to our customers. The inventory has been building up all year. There is an aging period for the flavor to blend and mellow all through a cake. We don't sell one until it has aged at least six weeks. Recently a frozen fruit cake was found in an Antarctic station over one hundred years old—possibly from Robert Scott's expedition. They claim it looked and smelled in good condition. However we limit our period within two years."
  39. 2 points
    Antigonos

    A mom comes to think of her "vocation"

    Well...as the mother of three, and the grandmother of three more, and a [retired] nurse and midwife, I can say that not just my profession, but the business of raising a family is the hardest possible work, and without any postulancy or noviciate to "form" one to perform it suitably. I don't know that I'd call it a vocation, though. I think I'd just call it "life".
  40. 2 points
    paradox

    New Song: "But It Ain't Broke"

    If you like it, consider Pledging to make the full album a reality at: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/grayscale
  41. 2 points
    dUSt

    Fios, cable, satellite, or cut cord?

    I read books that have been turned into TV shows, so I don't have to use my stupid imagination to know what the characters look like.
  42. 2 points
    Francis Clare

    Eucharistic Sisters of Our Lady of Guadalupe??

    We live to serve And eat popcorn while doing it :))
  43. 2 points
    Francis Clare

    Eucharistic Sisters of Our Lady of Guadalupe??

    I believe they are from Costa Rica. Guadalupanas Eucharisticas del Padre Celestial Its in Spanish, but try es.catholic.net-Guadalupanas Eucharisticas del Padre Celestial
  44. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    NFL and the National Anthem

  45. 2 points
    Luigi

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    The Dominican friars of the US received the following novices in 2017: US East (St. Joseph province): 10 US Central (St. Albert the Great): 3 + 1 for the Vietnamese vice-province of Canada US South (St. Martin de Porres): 1 US West (Most Holy Names of Jesus & Mary): 5 ######################################## From St. Anselm's Benedictine Abbey in New Hampshire, two items: 1. Brother Stephen Brian Lawson will be ordained October 14. ------------------------------------------------- "September 29 at 6:30pm · 2. This evening at Vespers, Mr. Douglas Enzor was received into our community as a postulant by Abbot Mark. Douglas comes to us from Boulder, Colorado. Please pray for Douglas as he begins his monastic life with us. Please also pray that our community will continue to be blessed with holy vocations. #monklife" --------------------------------------------------- So that's the third postulant to enter St. Anselm's this year. They didn't join as a group, so they're a little harder to keep track of, but they've been trickling in all year. And there are others already in formation.
  46. 2 points
    havok579257

    NFL and the National Anthem

    Liberalism is not marxism or communism or socialism. This is ridiculous that I have to defend liberalism because I don't agree with almost all of it. Yet your so far to the right you can't even see the middle, let alone the other side. Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality.[1][2][3] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas and programmes such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free markets, civil rights, democratic societies, secular governments, gender equality and international cooperation.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] [check quotation syntax] ---quoted from wikapedia Let's remember it was a liberal who passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Liberalism is for equality for all. Have they gone to far to the left with the gay agenda... yes? Although they have an continue to support civil rights. They have also been for regulations where as conservatives have been for no regulations at all. I guess its bad to have an FDA to make sure our food is safe. Liberalism is for free speech. It always has been. Heck Tucker Carlson comments almost every night about how liberalism is for free speech but current liberals are trying to supress it. Although it doesn't change the fact liberalism has been about free speech. Even a staunce conservative admits that. Guess that's bad also though. You really don't seem to understand liberalism is other than what you see and hear from conservative media or your group of co-workers and friends. You can't change history and all the things liberalism has and does stand for. You can't look at politicians today or the fringe today and claim they represent true liberalism any more than someone can look at Trump today and claim he represent true conservationism. You will never think what the players do will be ok. You have already made up your mind there is a right way to protest and a wrong way. The players and the owners (who couldn't support this issue because they are all cowards according to you) should keep their protests off of tv because its way more important for us to be entertained by a game then it is to listen to someone's legit complaints about problems with racism. I guess your train of thought would be no different than someone years ago getting upset with Rosa Parks for not sitting in the back of the bus. I mean separate but equal was the law. If she had an issue, she should have protested in front of congress, not on a bus. I mean her issue was with the law. Was it acceptable for her to protest that way? Or what about the numerous different ways blacks protested the inequality of the law. Do you think they should have just resevered their protests for congress? I'm being completely honest with my question here. What are acceptable forms of protest and what ones are not?
  47. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    NFL and the National Anthem

    I definitely support people who make the controversial decision to kneel... while receiving Communion. - Fr. David Abernethy
  48. 2 points
    KnightofChrist

    NFL and the National Anthem

    What part of society has not been politicized? Where are those with traditional Christian or traditional American values portrayed in a positive light? And it's more than "science" killing football, everyone has always known it is a contact even violate sport. It's another traditional American institution that's being torn down. Anyway, I'm going to my over worked underpaid job now. Everyone please enjoy the llama drama. Just to add real quick, the NFL doesn't really support free speech. They fine players for happy dances when they score points, fine them when they wear head bands in support of awareness for abused women, big problem in NFL, they fine players for 9/11 shoes, fine players for pro-police stickers. The NFL playing the game of "we support free speech" is full of... well some pretty vile nasty hypocritical stuff.
  49. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    FILIAL CORRECTION of Pope Francis

    My tuppence: I thought that what Pope Francis is saying is that every case should be taken by its own circumstances, its own merits. Instead of making sweeping statements such as a divorced and remarried person is in a state of adultery, that certain circumstances might mitigate the moral disposition. It is a very big might for sure, but not an impossibility. It is not up to us to judge the moral position of others and to state that someone is an adulterer is to judge their moral position. Jesus Himself assigns a heavy penalty to morally judging others (as below) and this is what I think Pope Francis is underscoring i.e. every case on its own merits, not sweeping generalisations:
  50. 2 points
    Anomaly

    phatmass looks different

    Comic Sans. Comic Sans! Comic Sans!!
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