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  1. 6 points
    Sister Leticia

    What is freedom?

    I just stumbled across this little treasure on the BBC website - a monk talking about freedom. It's lovely - and challenging, as I know just how unfree and undetached I am and can be. Do watch it!
  2. 4 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    We had no misgivings whatsoever. It had been apparent for a very long time that she was called to religious life. Though she was young, she waited for many years and really prepared herself during that time. I was more concerned that she was really of a Benedictine stripe, but I guess I felt that she knew what was in her heart better than her mother did. In saying all that, though, the community told her to get a spiritual director when she was 16, and I think that really helped her understand why she felt called to Carmel in particular.
  3. 4 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    My daughter entered Carmel at the age of 18 and loves her life. Young vocations are a truly special gift that we have forgotten to treasure.
  4. 3 points
    GraceUk

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    Thank you very much for explaining things. I'm sorry if I rushed to judgement. Here in the UK Go Fund me has had quite a lot of bad publicity from scammers and such and money collected not spent on ehat it was supposed to be spent on. But it certainly sounds as if your friend is genuine. I'm too distrusting of the internet perhaps.
  5. 3 points
    possiblesista

    Talking with Vocations Directors

    Hello everyone, I have been in contact with the Vocation Director for the Sisters of Life. She is really nice, but I am not quite comfortable with her yet and have some questions I am afraid to ask because I think they are dumb questions. Prayers and advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
  6. 3 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Happy June everyone! I'm doing well back on medication and have a new job that has me working from home, which has been really good in terms of my health. I'm still in a bit of a tiff with the Lord (I know He can handle my rants though), mostly because I received a rejection from the community I was discerning with. I'm honestly a little heartbroken over it, and I am increasingly frustrated with each closing door as I discern. I have a lot to think about and pray about. Please continue to pray for me, and I always pray for you all! Pax.
  7. 3 points
    beatitude

    Talking with Vocations Directors

    Have you taken the advice that was given to you in the other thread about contacting the Sisters of Life, especially telling them that you are not yet Catholic?
  8. 3 points
    be_thou_my_vision

    Sisters of the Institute of Christ the King in USA!

    They are opening a new house in America!!! https://m.facebook.com/stmarysoratorywausau/photos/a.1775590849195440/2243162305771623/?type=3&source=48
  9. 2 points
    Martyneeky

    NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

    NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Begins Tuesday; 18th June - 26th June (Feast of our lady of perpetual help: 27th June) DAY ONE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day1.html DAY TWO : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day2.html DAY THREE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day3.html DAY FOUR : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day4.html DAY FIVE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day5.html DAY SIX : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day6.html DAY SEVEN : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day7.html DAY EIGHT : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day8.html DAY NINE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day9.html
  10. 2 points
    cappie

    THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

    Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity—one God in three persons. In today’s Liturgy we’re swept through time from before earth and sky were set in place to the coming of the Spirit upon the new creation, the Church. We begin in the heart of the Trinity, as we listen to the testimony of Wisdom in today’s First Reading. Eternally begotten, the first-born of God, He is poured forth from of old in the love of the Father. Through Him the heavens were established, the foundations of the earth fixed. From before the beginning, He was with the Father as His “Craftsman,” the artisan by which all things were made. And He took special delight, He tells us, in the crowning glory of God’s handiwork—the human race. The Spirit, the Love of God, St Paul says has been poured out into our hearts. The verses of today's Gospel come near the end of Jesus' long discourse at the Last Supper. In this section he focuses more on the shape of the future, which will include Jesus' victory over the world that they will share in. The disciples of Jesus cannot know the future. Jesus says something curious in today’s gospel: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Why do you suppose that Jesus said that? He was speaking to his disciples. Whatever did he mean? We can only speculate – and trust. Trust that his promise to send the Holy Spirit to speak to us for God has been realized. Trust that what we need to know is expressed to us through the generations by the Spirit moving in human community. Trust that God will find a way to bring comfort, guidance, wisdom. That is the essence of Trinity Sunday. We may not know what Jesus left out, but we do have some record of what Jesus had already said. While some people take offense at efforts to examine the Bible for historical evidence, still others use Scripture carelessly and to their own ends. We hear this in the evening news as people claim, “The Bible says…” to support their position on something. The Bible is a story of people and their relationship with God, of the struggle and challenge of living meaningful lives, of goodness manifest in Jesus and the love of God manifested in a new way. And yet Scripture sometimes gets used carelessly. As people of faith, we have a sacred responsibility to tell the truth, to represent the truth, indeed, to recognize the truth in our midst. The Holy Spirit inspired it. And it is still hard to live the revealed truth of God. “Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor.” “Love your enemies.” “Do not worry about tomorrow.” “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” “Be perfect.” As Christians, we are people of the Book, the story of earlier generations carried within the Bible and the traditions of our community. Many of them are great stories. Some are puzzling, troubling, comforting. We won’t know what those stories are, won’t be knowledgeable and articulate in our Christian heritage, unless we read the Bible with understanding. It is an understanding that calls for study, yes – but first calls for prayer. Prayer has the power to soften our hearts to receive God’s truth and to open our ears to hear God’s word. Trinity Sunday celebrates the mystery, the majesty, of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are tied together in today’s words of Jesus. The three divine persons work together for the salvation of all. So too must we work together for the good of all.
  11. 2 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    There are no discernment events closer to home if she feels called to this community. What I don't think most people understand is that for people who attend the Tridentine Rite and wish to join a TLM (Traditional Latin Mass) community, there are not many choices. It is a very hard predicament to find yourself in. Some end up having to choose between the two, and that can be agonizing. As far as I know, there is only one active Traditional community in the whole of the United States, and they are teachers. It's the only choice. This order that she is interested in is opening a foundation in the U.S., but it is not yet able to provide formation. That must happen in Italy. Among those of us that attend the Tridentine Rite, we understand the problems, thus we are willing to help any young person who wants to discern, whether we know them or not. As a matter of fact, I find that most in this set of circumstances need financial assistance. They are young, from large families, and have to travel long distances. I have helped more than one young woman test her vocation, and I do not regret it, even if she returns home.
  12. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Tobacco pipe
  13. 2 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    This girl will have to travel to Italy, not New York. Her expenses are going to be quite high. Also, a young woman may not be in the position to really commit herself to a job if she knows she will be unavailable during this trip and perhaps enter this fall. She also mentions her needs for the postulancy, which she would have to supply. The amount is not ridiculous and certainly short of what she would actually need in total. This is not the same as paying off someone's debts, which I do not support. In saying that, I would, however, suggest to her the possibility of working for a temporary agency. I did that in my younger years when I felt that I couldn't commit to a regular job, and it worked out great.
  14. 2 points
    DameAgnes

    Passionists on Discernment

    Nice bit on discernment. https://www.passionistnuns.org/blog/2013/09/22/7-stages-of-discernment-the-first-stage-z84fj
  15. 2 points
    little2add

    the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Today is the feast day of Our Lady , Mother of Our Church. Mother Mary, pray for our church and protect us. Ave Maria!
  16. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    “You Should be Proud of Yourself!” Sister Elaine was delighted the other day, and made no secret of it! She received a card on the occasion of her 60th jubilee from a relative. She was enthralled… This card, a Hallmark, had …
  17. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Pretty Please
  18. 2 points
    cappie

    PENTECOST

    The season of Easter concludes with today's celebration, the feast of Pentecost. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people in the covenant Law given to Moses on Mt Sinai. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today's first reading. the mysteries prefigured in Jewish feast are now fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets as in the days of Moses but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised. The account in today's Gospel, taken from the Gospel of John, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts to each other. It is enough to know that, after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world. So, in a key passage about the gift of the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel, Jesus breathes on the disciples and says to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). Jesus was making a claim that was a whole lot more astounding, bewildering and even shocking. Most Jews at the time would have said that there is one (and only one) person who can forgive sins and that person is God. When Jesus had the temerity to say that people’s sins were forgiven, the religious authorities of his day accused him of blasphemy. Who but God can forgive sins? So, when Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit upon his disciples and tells them that they have the authority to forgive sins, we are moving into really scandalous territory. The response to Jesus’ claim should not be a polite, “Thank you for teaching us a way we can achieve emotional healing.” Rather, it should be the almost scandalized astonishment we feel at God’s prerogative to forgive being handed over to sinful human beings. Jesus’ breathing forth the Spirit upon his disciples is not a nice object lesson used to illustrate a bit of self-help. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples that transforms them into participants in God’s mission to forgive the sins of the world. And that gives hope to all of us. For we are all called to break down walls in the name of Christ. In our modern struggle in the church to accept all as brothers and sisters as God's beloved children. in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God uses frail, fragile, fallible human beings to forgive sins and to bring about his kingdom of justice and mercy and peace. Pentecost is about Breaking Down the Walls in the Name of Christ. The spirit of Pentecost wants us to... tear down the walls that society has built. Tear down the political, social, economic, religious, racial, ethnic and sexist walls At Jesus’ baptism, the heavens were torn asunder and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled the upper room with the roar of a great wind, landed on the disciples in tongues of fire, and sent them out into the world to proclaim the good news. In John’s Gospel, the risen Lord breathed the Holy Spirit upon his disciples and gave them God’s power to forgive sins. Now God can get at us anytime God wants. For Christ has broken down the walls to include all God's beloved children. All are welcome, all are accepted, all are included.
  19. 2 points
    InCordeRegis

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Vacation Fun
  20. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    A Needed Novena These days between the Ascension and Pentecost are a good reminder to us of something we should be conscious of throughout the year: the importance of frequent prayer to the Holy Spirit. Some peopl…
  21. 2 points
    Sister Leticia

    Talking with Vocations Directors

    Hello Vocations directors are accustomed to all sorts of questions, and assumptions. A good VD won't be shocked or fazed by anything you ask. However, Beatitude has referred to earlier threads, in which you told us that you're still only 16, not a Catholic or from a Catholic family, and won't be able to be received into the Church until you're 18 at the earliest. Presumably you've said this to the Sisters of Life? If so, no need to worry: the VD will know your questions come from someone who is still very young and doesn't come from a Catholic environment - maybe hasn't ever met any sisters? - and isn't in a position to begin discerning yet. If you haven't yet told the sisters, then now is a good opportunity to do so.
  22. 2 points
    Josh

    Another Good Confession Experience

    I went to Confession a few hours ago. I'm doing the first 5 Saturdays devotion. For my penance the priest asked me to say an Our Father and pray for family that had passed on. That they be accepted into Heaven to live with God forever. I go to Confession often and never received this penance before. So I was eating just now and got the phone call that my Grandmother who is 89 passed away. She was a great person and will be missed. This will be added to my experiences that let me know life most likely has a spirt component to it. Sure it could just be a coincidence. I wouldn't argue with anyone about it. Although added to other experiences I know in my mind how I choose to view it.
  23. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    "Nuns and Nones"

    Nuns are such wonderful creatures in the main with so much to offer the whole Church and all vocations and ways of living. Instead of anxieties for what was and longing effort to bring the past back, they accept their "here and now", their "Sacrament of The Present Moment" HERE, with detached serenity and seek out where The Holy Spirit may be leading them with open minds and hearts and a Joyful Peacefulness to follow wherever He may lead. This speaks to the fruitfulness of their way of life, their spirituality.
  24. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Questions answered
  25. 2 points
    Luigi

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    The Order of Preachers in the US ordained 11 priests this year: Province of St. Joseph (east): 6 Province of St. Albert (central): 2 Province of St. Martin (south): 1 Province of the Holy Names: 2
  26. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Social engineering
  27. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/the-joys-of-growing-things/
  28. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    True friend
  29. 2 points
    Pontifite 7 of 10

    Steamed At Captain America

    This ended up working out better than expected. Chris Evans excelled in the roll. I retract my all my doubts from 2010.
  30. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/necessary-to-undergo-many-hardships/
  31. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Disco dance
  32. 1 point
    chrysostom

    The Last Person To Post In THIS Thread Is The Winner -Revisited

    Wow all of you poor people playing the game this long and here I come in and win just like that.
  33. 1 point
    deusluxmea

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    Hey, not to be nasty, but is there some reason why she is not able to get a job?
  34. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Help My Unbelief

    Really good news, Peter, and a real relief to me. Keep searching and for as long as you have a need to search. Any questions, let us know and we will do our best. There is nothing morally wrong with confusion and difficulties. God bless and keep you. Please keep us in your prayers as you are in mine.
  35. 1 point
    Lilllabettt

    Help My Unbelief

    God permits the diversity of religions as a type of tower of babel working in reverse. The development of natural (man made) religion was something God built into his plan for salvation. One, because worshipping god(s) is something inherent in human nature. We have a compulsion to do it, it's written into the pattern of our identity as creatures. Wherever man is, he will worship. If he does not know Christ he will worship something or someone else. The fact that everyone on earth did not meet Christ simultaneously meant that other religions would develop, just as a consequence of human nature needing something to worship. We know that God intended His kingdom to be established by commissioning apostles preaching the "good news" to the nations. The definition of news is information new to you, something you hadn't heard before. Last week Catholics celebrated the birthday of the church - pentecost. The holy spirit coming down and giving the apostles the courage to spread the good news. That's the beginning of the churchs life. Not Easter Sunday. Not the Last Supper with the institution of the Eucharist. Pentecost. Going out to others and giving good news is the essence of "the Church". Why did God design things this way - why did he build a church rather than revealing himself to everyone simultaneously? He has his reasons - probably something to do with wanting to develop our human ability to connect with each other, not just him. That's speculation on my part. But the diversity of religions - and consequently the need to evangelize, go out and tell the good news - will continue until the end of time. Thus so will the church, until the kingdom comes and all sacraments cease.
  36. 1 point
    InCordeRegis

    The Last Person To Post In THIS Thread Is The Winner -Revisited

  37. 1 point
    James Welsford

    For Students and God-Children

    Please pray for Mr. James Welsford's students and god-children, many of who are in need of conversion or returning to the sacraments.
  38. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Day dream
  39. 1 point
    InCordeRegis

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Day-Dream
  40. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    30 Years since Tiananmen Square Demonstrations/Massacre

    "The Drum" from Australia - Analysis of Tienanmen Square (scroll down to 4th June 2019) https://iview.abc.net.au/show/drum Tuesday 4/6/2019 Stan Grant is joined by Craig Emerson, Naaman Zhou, Greg Austin, Linda Jaivin and Vicky Xiuzhong Xu discussing how the Tiananmen Square massacre changed China and shaped Australia's relations with the country.
  41. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    God is no White Night who charges into the world to pluck us like distressed damsels from the jaws of dragons, or diseases. God chooses to become present to and through us. It is up to us to rescue one another. - Nancy Mairs “A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.” ― St. Thérèse de Lisieux “I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors'defects--not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux
  42. 1 point
    Luigi

    Tornado in Jefferson City Missouri

    I'd write to (or e-mail) the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration and ask them to put you in touch with the Carmelites. Then correspond directly with them.
  43. 1 point
    littlesister

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    The Franciscan Brothers of Peace in St. Paul, whose mission is pro-life and ministry to refugees and victims of torture, just had their first Brother ordained. It was a Great Day for the community and for the refugees from Myanmar that he has been working with.
  44. 1 point
    littlebell

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    A new novice for OLAM: https://olamnuns.com/2019/05/17/the-rite-of-investment/
  45. 1 point
    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.....
  46. 1 point
    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.
  47. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Factory worker
  48. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    "A spiritual life is simply a life in which all that we do comes from the center, where we are anchored in God: a life soaked through and through by a sense of God's reality and claim, and self-given to the great movement of God's will." - Evelyn Underhill
  49. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Laughter really is good medicine: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456 Rowan Atkinson interviews Elton John _______________________________ I am more afraid of those who are terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself St Teresa of Avila
  50. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Spot on definition and result of forgiveness. Thank you for sharing, @Gary david
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