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  1. 11 points
    Carla

    Carla Discerning Vocation

    After long time again i have news.Carla will take her first vow on Sunday 3rd of September.Please pray for her in her formation and her vocation.God bless you all.
  2. 10 points
    JJJPK

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    I'm entering the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles on September 15th XD
  3. 9 points
    JTheresa

    Hai! Long Time, No See!

    JTheresa! How the heck are you? Now that you've made first profession you should definitely get your tag changed to Religious. Man it has been waaayyyy too long since I have been on here. I am doing so wonderful. God is so good!! I am already up to make my final profession on August 2nd 2018! Just around the corner!
  4. 8 points
    Sister Leticia

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    Your prioress gave you good advice - the Enemy does indeed become very active when someone seeks to follow Jesus. And as I said in my response to Maedung (a couple of threads down, about anxiety over vocation - and the same caveats here, regarding not knowing you, only what you have written) - the Enemy is very subtle, and puts what seem like holy and godly ideas into our heads. So we fail to live up to unrealistic resolutions and beat ourselves up, or else we become scrupulous and end up wallowing in our sinfulness - and in all this, very subtly, we stop looking at God and end up looking at ourselves and loathing what we see... I offer you this, from Julian of Norwich, who in one of her visions saw a servant hurrying to carry out his Lord's will, and falling into a pit. "Then he groans and moans and wails and writhes, but he cannot rise up nor help himself in any way. In all this, the greatest misfortune that I saw him in was the lack of reassurance, for he could not turn his face to look back upon his loving lord (who was very near to him and in whom there is complete comfort), but like a man who was feeble and witless for the moment, he was intent on his suffering, and waited in woe.... ...I watched deliberately to see if I could discover any failure in him, or if the lord would allot him any blame, and truly there was none seen—for only his good will and his great desire were the cause of his falling, and he was as willing and as good inwardly as when he stood before his lord ready to do his will. And in the same way his loving lord constantly watched him most tenderly...." https://www.orderofjulian.org/The-Parable-of-the-Lord-and-the-Servant So the servant becomes focused on his fall and misery and his failure in his errand, and not on the Lord who loves him and looks on him with love and compassion. Sound familiar, anyone? JJJPK: you've only got a month left with your family and friends before you enter. Spend that time with the people you love, doing the things you love. Be gentle with yourself and with your family, who are going to miss you, and want to make the most of this time with you. As Chrysostom suggests, live and pray simply and with trust. Eat lots and lots of sweets and ice cream and whatever else you enjoy and might only get on feast days in the monastery. You'll have plenty of time to fast and read good books and understand St Therese in a new way after you've entered! Blessings!
  5. 8 points
    OnlySunshine

    My 34th Year

    Today is my 34th birthday and I'm praying hard that this year is better than last year. I really struggled in my 33rd year with 2 surgeries and a traumatic incident with the tree coming thru our roof and me being forced out of my bedroom. Plus, work wasn't very good for a while and it's finally getting back to normal. I'm really trying to change my attitude and not let things bother me so much. I'm also hoping that my health problems can be solved once and for all so I feel much better! I get to move into my apartment in a little over 3 months once they complete construction so that is a huge plus AND I'm starting back to school next month for my nursing degree!
  6. 7 points
    andibc

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    Two of my daughters have entered religious life in the past 6 years and what you described sound so familiar. You've been given great advice. Try not to think about your thoughts, just let them slide away into the Blessed Mother's hands and ask her to take care of things. Keep busy. Have fun with your family and don't let the devil get in between you all, as he will try mightly to do that. Be sure to toss things you don't need and box up other items clearly labeling the box. Write notes to your family members to read after you leave and some for your mom for advent and lent when you can't write (and she'll be missing you.) Help family or friends clean out a room they've been wanting to deal with, but have been putting off. Basically, keep busy with acts of charity so that people and thoughts don't disturb your peace and before you know it, the big day will be here. Prayers.
  7. 7 points
    chrysostom

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    Disclaimer: not a religious + I'm don't know you personally so this is based on what you said + someone please correct me if I say anything out of place! With that said... Stay faithful to the ordinary things and don't try to introduce new devotions or penances. Abandon yourself to God when you rise in the morning and entrust yourself to your guardian angel, then go about your day without introducing overmuch of a programme. Your daily life will change soon enough anyway. God will take care of you because you are His beloved daughter. At night offer your thanks to God, recall your sins, ask his forgiveness, and go to sleep. Those pesky, mysterious inner operations of the soul? Your Blessed Mother will take care of those...just ask. You're not going to "finesse" your way through the last month. It's going to be ordinary. Let it be! And certainly I'll pray for you! Please pray for me too.
  8. 6 points
    ToJesusMyHeart

    New postulant at Poor Clares

    My friend's niece is joining Bethlehem Monastery, The Poor Clares of Barhamsville, Virginia on September 14. Pray for her!
  9. 6 points
    dominicansoul

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    #1 The Beast is all riled up because you are entering one of the most badass communities in these United States #2 You're getting all wrapped up in becoming a Saint in 24 hours...don't even try that, you'll go crazy. #3 Once you enter, your Superiors will straighten this out. Well, actually, living an horarium kind of puts all things into place and your disorganized, ruffled self calms and settles down into the beauty of living religious life.
  10. 6 points
    tinytherese

    Great Aunt Might Die

    Her daughter has down syndrome and will have to live in a special institution for those with disabilities too.
  11. 6 points
    Sister Leticia

    Anxiety Over What Vocation I Should Pursue

    Hello Maepang and welcome! I don't know you or your context, and so everything I am about to say comes with the strong caveat that all I know about you is that you're a practising Catholic, a 2nd year college student and you're experiencing a lot of anxiety. Firstly, be aware that it's quite normal for sincere, committed young Catholics to consider religious life/diocesan priesthood at some point - and especially when they attend something like WYD or a youth event, where they hear stirring, inspiring talks and homilies, have a strong experience of Church and of prayer, and maybe get swept up by the spirit of fervour. These events CAN be the means God uses to get some people beginning to think about a call to religious life - but not necessarily. It might just be God inviting the person to a fuller, deeper life with him - and to greater generosity and openness. (If every single person who considered religious life/priesthood in any year actually asked to enter, believe me, it would be wonderful, BUT... our novitiates and seminaries would be bursting at the seams! Even if every woman who came to one of our Come & See weekends asked to join us - we'd manage somehow, but it would be a tight squeeze!) Also, as Chrysostom has said, a vocation to religious life is an invitation born of love. There can be initial fear, anxiety, unworthiness, thoughts of what has to be given up etc - but as St Ignatius says in his Rules of Discernment, God's action in a soul can only lead to peace and a kind of quiet, consoling joy. That's not what you're describing. Again - a caveat about the next few paragraphs: I have never met you, and only know what you've written. A spiritual director - especially one who is trained in Ignatian discernment - could help you consider what I'm about to suggest is what is happening for you. Ignatius tells us that the Enemy can be very clever. He cannot mimic God's effects (deeper peace, love etc), but he can put ideas in our heads which can seem good and holy and godly - but which are actually going to lead us away from God, as they lead us into turmoil and rob us of our peace. These ideas can be unrealistic ("I'm going to get up at 5.30 to pray for an hour every morning" or "I'm going to fast and do penance and not eat lunch every Friday...") and inevitably we will fail and then, if not careful, fall into despair and desolation, thinking we've displeased God. Or the idea might be that the God of Love somehow wants something good and heroic - yet scary and unpleasant from us. The idea that he might want us to "lay down our life" or sell everything or suchlike. The idea might not seem scary at first - it might feel glorious to think that God wants us to give up our job and become a volunteer missionary, but then the anxiety and unrest might slowly creep up on us, and increase as we discover we're not cut out for missionary life at all. Are you getting the idea? It's like the parable of the wheat and the darnel: to begin with, the darnel looks just like good, proper wheat - it's only as it sprouts and grows that it becomes clear it is in fact a weed, masquerading as wheat. So, what to do? I suggest several things. First: Lay down your burden. STOP. THINKING. ABOUT. RELIGIOUS. LIFE. You're not saying no to God, or even upsetting him (God really is bigger than that), you're just putting the burden of the idea of religious life down. It might help you to go into a church and visualise yourself laying this package before the Blessed Sacrament, or at the feet of the Sacred Heart, or even Our Lady if you have a strong devotion to her. Ask them to look after this burden for you. Don't ask for anything else - God will know, better than you, what to do with it, whether to transform it and hand it back at some later date, or keep it from you because it was never for your in the first place. Leave the burden there. Secondly, pray. Ask God daily to keep you close to his Heart and to give you the grace of openness to whatever he may ask of you. But don't start praying and fretting about whether this means religious life or marriage or what: for now, just focus on being open. It might help to have a short prayer ready to say whenever you feel the anxiety and turmoil coming back. Find someone you can talk to, who is skilled and trained in discernment and accompaniment. Maybe one of the chaplains at your college - or they might be able to recommend someone. Or maybe there are Jesuits in your town, or sisters who offer accompaniment. And finally, how well do you know sisters and their lives? If the answer is not at all well, and there are opportunities to spend time with sisters (for example, if there are sisters working on your campus), or to go on a retreat with other girls, then take them. As Vee says, just setting foot inside a convent doesn't automatically mean you're going to enter! Hopefully, though, you will find out a bit about what it is that makes you think our life is a blessing, and that there's a good deal beyond any "nice outfits" too. And if you truly have laid your burden down before God then hopefully, too, you will be able to spend time with these sisters without feeling anxious and fearful, and worrying about whether God wants you to join them. (Remember, too, that if God is calling you to be a sister this doesn't necessarily mean he's calling you to join the first community you meet. After all, if you thought you were called to marriage you wouldn't assume this meant marrying the first man you meet after leaving your house!) Blessings on your journey with God and eventual discernment!
  12. 6 points
    stlmom

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    Any one remember Sister Brittany? She posted here frequently when she was discerning religious life. She made her perpetual profession with the Salesian Sisters yesterday. She is the tall sister in the photo. https://www.facebook.com/Salesian.Sister/
  13. 6 points
    IgnatiusofLoyola

    Hai! Long Time, No See!

    So nice to hear from you! I got a chance to visit Laetitia Crucis (now Sister Mary Catherine) in England right after Easter. She is SO happy and her Community is wonderful. They made me feel so welcome. Sister Mary Catherine made her final vows in September 2016, along with getting a second bachelor's degree. She has been busy!
  14. 5 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Personal problems again

    I need your prayers again please. I am allergic to one of my pain medications as I have broken out in hives in places, in other places welts come and go that are very itchy. I see my doctor Monday. Getting in and out of cars is proving painful to my hip creating problems for me with mobility over the following 24hrs roughly. I THINK I have decided to suspend Saturday Vigil Mass until I have some sort of improvement - the same goes for St Vinnies in the parish. I feel as if my way of life is coming apart and I need to find a new one. Perhaps closer to the problem is that I don't know where on earth I am just now - and with no idea when hip replacement surgery will be done. At times I am struggling against depression. Our pp is on extended leave due to his own health problems. But as soon as I can talk with a priest, I will be asking for dispensation where I might feel it necessary from my Sunday obligation. I think the way for me to go just now might be to make decisions at the time, not in advance.......wherever that is possible. Feeling quite vulnerable just now. My SD and I are not getting along well at this point. He has expressed indirectly some concepts with which I cannot agree. Thank you very much for prayer. Laudate Dominum - Fiat Voluntas Tua
  15. 5 points
    JJJPK

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    Hello all! I hope you're having a lovely evening! I come, seeking your two cents about preparation for entry to Religious Life. Here is my (brief and basic) background. I'm seventeen. I'm joining the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles on September 15th. I do have a spiritual director, who has given me much sage advice and sound council, however, he is a pastor now, so we don't get many opportunities to meet. So, basically, of late, I have been feeling really lousy in all different kinds of ways. While there is always an underlying joy and a sense of peace, I've been experiencing a lot of trials. And its been stupid, petty, little things that are just nagging at me. For example: I have felt envious of people who are more beautiful or who are more pious than me. I have felt annoyed with my parents and siblings. And I have felt a deep, overwhelming sense of complete inadequacy and weekness. I have been trying to go to the chapel daily, but I often don't, and give in to laziness. I have tried to incorporate more fasting into my routine and I am woefully weak in this area. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is so week! And mind you, these are not heroic St. Anthony of the desert style fasts, I was simply trying to avoid sweets for one weekend and I didn't . . .of course. I feel like I am constantly commiting some sort of sin, be it from omission or otherwise. I was not prone to scruples before this, but it was probably just because I was so slothful, that I didn't even have a clear perception of my own sinfulness. I'm unwilling to deny myself and suffer, and at the same time this makes me miserble and fills me with self loathing. I feel like I must constantly be doing good, but then it seems like such an exhausting weight, to be continually dying to self. I have been reading a lot about the little way of St. Therese lately. I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around it, though it seems so appealing! She mentions, "Resign yourself, to stumbling at every step. Love your powerlessness, and your soul will benefit more from it than if, aided by grace, you were to behave with enthusiastic heroism and fill your soul with self satisfaction and pride." I have a difficult time comprehending this! How can I love my powerlessness (i.e. falling into sin), when sin is the thing that separates me from God? Therese had such a profound trust. Clearly, I am a far cry from her child-like simplicity. I am proud and concieted and discouraged when I fall. I forget which saint said this, but it was something to the effect, that we should not be surprised when we fall, but when we do good. Surprisingly, I have not had any major doubts about entering the community. I am very excited and eager to start a totally new way of life and self abandonment. I can't wait to begin living the vows and I know the structured life will be very good for me. But yeah, these are the basic struggles. When the Prioress of my (soon to be) community told me that the devil is very active before a candidate enters, I believed her, but not as earnestly as I should have! By the way, I apologise for any typos. I'm not very dextrous when it comes to typing on the keyboard of my phone. Please pray for me dear friends, and know that I will pray for you! JJJPK
  16. 5 points
    sr.christinaosf

    My St. Clare Connection

    My St. Clare Connection AUGUST 11, 2017 / LEAVE A COMMENT / EDIT Statue of St. Clare – at my Novitiate Reception Nine years ago today, on the Feast of St. Clare, I professed my first vows in Hankinson at our Provincial House! What a special day! St. Clare, in fact, has been special to me for some time. Not only was I received as a novice (with a haircut* and all) on her feast day and did I make first vows two years later on that date, I had been introduced to her previously. *When St. Clare fled to follow St. Francis, he cut off her beautiful hair, tangibly illustrating her departure from worldly things for the sake of Christ When I was first discerning religious life, my mom happened to stop in at a local religious goods store. She had been making home visits as a hospice nurse and couldn’t find the patient address; she stopped in this store to get directions. She recalls saying a prayer, “Mary is there anything I should pick up while here?” Strange as the story may seem, two copies of the same book fell off the shelf near her. It happened to be a biography of St. Clare, and she felt inspired to get it for me. I read it, and appreciated learning more about this inspiring saint, who is often pictured holding the Blessed Sacrament due to a story that she held off invading troops from her monastery by bringing Jesus out and asking His protection for her Sisters. I feel a special closeness to this early follower of St. Francis. Not only do we share a special love for the Eucharist, but she also is patroness of embroiders, communications, and against eye problems, three things very relevant to me personally. Her desire to faithfully follow in the footsteps of Christ inspires me on my journey. Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF
  17. 5 points
    Francis Clare

    Summit First Profession Pix

    Even if this was true, I'd like to make a suggestion for everyone. Could we please have a moratorium on posts dealing with who discerned out? It's really not our business to post if/when someone discerns out, nor is it charitable to the woman (or man if we're discussing seminary or male monastery). It's gossip, it's speculation, it's hurtful, it's voyeuristic most especially if that person is/was/or lurks on the Phorum. Is there anyway the Moderators can enforce this? Its really bothered me overtime everytime I read something like this. If the person who discerned out posts and wants to talk about it, then that's another story. But I've been convinced as of late that it's in poor taste, it reflects poorly on the mission of this Phorum, and it's just plain wrong. Let's respect the privacy of others, please. My 2 cents.
  18. 5 points
    OnlySunshine

    For a Dear Friend

    Yesterday, my friend from work told me and our other friends that she was leaving work in a week and going on disability for her autoimmune disorders and surgery. However, I discovered when I returned from my doctor's appointment this afternoon, she had been asked to leave early today because of a problem with her doctor's letter so she will not be able to work the rest of the time as planned. She was very distraught yesterday and, apparently, today. I got in touch with her after work and she is having a difficult time coping with the news of not being able to return. Please say some prayers for her. She has been so strong with working through her illness and I hate to see her go, but I think it's best for her physical health. I worry that she may have problems with depression, however. I'm going to miss her terribly as will all of us who sit with her at lunch.
  19. 5 points
    Anomaly

    Inoperable

    Turned out its inoperable peritoneal cancer and is inoperable. Next step is to find out if chemo can give her weeks or years.
  20. 5 points
    dUSt

    Temporary "Work in progress" on The Phorum

    Sorry for the temporary style and color changes. Just upgraded the phorum software. See if you can find the new features!
  21. 4 points
    FancyPantsMcGovern

    Prayer request

    Please pray for a friend of mine who recently had to leave religious life and is pretty bitter.
  22. 4 points
    TheLordsSouljah

    Sick

    If you could spare a wee lil' prayer for me, I've got a really intense, four-day hike starting tomorrow that I have to be on and I'm on the verge of an intense flu that's been going around... I don't need it and can't deal with it out in the bush in the middle of winter. I trust in the Lord and will offer it up but I don't want to feel like dying the whole time... would be appreciated, ma pham! Bless.
  23. 4 points
    dominicansoul

    Donald Trump and Racism

    Well, here's one example: supposedly, when campaigning for the border wall, he mentioned we needed to stop the rapists, thieves, druggies, etc. The media spun that to mean, "Trump says all MEXICANS ARE CRIMINALS" I blame all the division and rise of white supremacy on the media themselves. Not so much Trump. Trump reminds me of Pope Francis in that they both speak off the cuff remarks that are interpreted however your side wants it to mean. In Trump's case, he doesn't stand a chance of saying anything meaningful, not with the Democrat Party branch of the media running 24/7 calumny against him.
  24. 4 points
    Edna Kebbie

    Prayer request

    I pray for healing that lord god will heal me with the Aritretic in my left and right knees to be healed I also pray for peace happiness in my life and my children life amen.
  25. 4 points
    vee

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    I have my doubts if St Therese meant powerlessness in reference to sin or at least sin alone. Remember she also said " all is grace" and I think the two are connected. She was also happy to see herself weak and in need of God's help. Something I think is poverty of spirit. She knew she could do nothing on her own. I think it will all make more sense when you enter and are living it, then you will see your powerlessness and stumbling! If you don't understand something in her writings set it aside and reread it after you've entered it may make a whole new world of sense then plus there are smarter people there who can explain things better! I think it's good to pray and sacrifice before you enter. St Therese said prayer and sacrifice are her invincible arms, so yes keep up your usual practices. I've never done so myself but knowing others who joined the military they focused on training before they went to boot camp so they would be better prepared. If you stopped your usual prayers and sacrifices now it would be similar to the would be soldier stopping their daily training. Don't go crazy though like someone joining the military and prior to boot camp saying ok I'm going to go from the couch to running five miles a day. They are better off starting at a shorter distance and working their way up. Maintain your current practices in a similar way.
  26. 4 points
    vee

    Anxiety Over What Vocation I Should Pursue

    Just by considering a religious vocation doesn't mean you visit a covnent and they lock you up there as soon as you say hello!! It is usually a loooong process where you consider communities and they consider you too. Why not simply do some basic reading about the various main communities out there. By that I mean Franciscans Benedictines Dominicans Carmelites both active and contemplative. No commitment just basic research and learning about that part of the church. I mean in case you haven't already also, here is an article I have found invaluably helpful over the years http://lafayettecarmelites.org/god-calling/
  27. 4 points
    Thijs

    Sacramentine Sisters of Don Orione

    They are a community of blind nuns consecrated to perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and wear a distinctive white habit, a red scapular, and a white Host embroidered on the chest.
  28. 4 points
    Anomaly

    Surgery

    N goes into cancer surgery Wednesday afternoon. My wife will be there all day with N's family. Hopefully it will be successful and at least find out how extensive it is. Regardless, it's going to be rough for everyone for the next few months.
  29. 4 points
    Era Might

    Revelation 17:4

  30. 4 points
    vee

    Temporary "Work in progress" on The Phorum

    I like the different reactions feature
  31. 4 points
    AveMariaPurissima

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From the DSMME's Facebook page: CONGRATULATIONS to our brand-new novices (as of 30 minutes ago!!):Sr. Anne Raphael; Sr. Emilia Marie; Sr. Mary Edmund; Sr. Mary Scholastica and Sr. Maria Francisco!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
  32. 3 points
    Francis Clare

    What Happens When Nuns/sisters Leave The Order?

    You just need to be with them as they journey through and process the many emotions that are going through ....to walk with them as they figure out their next steps, grieve (most commonly), and deal with their own personal feelings, etc. As a SD I can tell you that most whatever you say will be taken the wrong way. Just let your friend know that you will be there for her in whatever capacity she needs you to be. That you will be available to her when/if/how she needs you without overlaying your need to be helpful, compassionate, wise, etc. Most women who have left or who have been asked to leave desperately need their "space" to process and "own" their feelings, and that can present itself in a variety of ways. Often when saying the "wrong" or inappropriate thing, you can exacerbate their emotional stress -- and I won't go into what that might be as they differ from woman to woman. Just be present.......and pray for them......not your will, not their will, but His will be done.
  33. 3 points
    Era Might

    Donald Trump and Racism

    No. I'm not comparing Trump to Nazis for rhetorical effect. There is a literal, historical connection in ideology. Trump is a nationalist, as was Hitler. Trump is NOT a Nazi, but he is a nationalist. His election coincided with a resurgence of nationalism and authoritarianism globally, in France, in the UK, in Russia, in Turkey. Nationalism is always a fundamentally racist ideology, it lives on fear and defensiveness. There's a reason why techology innovation occurs in somewhere like Silicon Valley and not, say, West Texas. I have nothing against provincial people, but their worldview is closed in on itself, they are not open to the exchange that the modern world is built on. Enter Trump. He knows that there is still a big part of this country that is essentially provincial. He's not part of that world, but he understands it the way a TV broadcaster understands people who watch soap operas and reality TV. Trump has created a false, nationalist propaganda (dressed up as patriotism) that he knew would sell to white, Christian, conservative America, and he mixed it in with business savvy and knowing how to work the media PR. This is the problem with Trump. He is a greasy pimp who has been so long in the system he mastered it. And now he has an army and a government at his fingertips. He's the democratic version of Kim Jong Un, a little fat man with a big mouth and a small brain.
  34. 3 points
    vee

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

  35. 3 points
    dUSt

    Donald Trump and Racism

    The fact that he says stuff like "good people on both sides", when one of the sides is Nazi's and White Supremacists. It's a dumb thing to say, and in my opinion, only something someone who is racist would say. I cannot understand how a non-racist person would make a statement like this. He never says stuff like that when talking about ISIS. I'm sure he doesn't believe there are "good people on both sides" when one side is ISIS. Only a person who sympathizes or can justify the actions of the other side would use this type of language.
  36. 3 points
    chrysostom

    The Official Lame Board Thread

  37. 3 points
    :o)Katherine:o)

    Desert Experience

    Update: This past weekend I spent Thursday-Sunday at the Visitation Monastery in Mobile, Al for a desert experience retreat. It was a beautiful and fruitfull weekend! It is for adult women and can last anywhere between 2-8 days. You stay upstairs inside the enclosure in a hallway separate from where the sisters live. You have access to the Choir (chapel) and are free to join them for Mass, office and personal prayer. All meals are eaten with the sisters. You also have permission to roam the outside grounds of the enclosure. You remain silent the entire retreat with the option to speak to the sister in charge of those on retreat. She is available to speak on spiritual matters. They do have a couple of bookshelves of books that you can borrow while there. The cost is a donation within your means whatever you decide. Keep in mind that you are staying with cloistered nuns inside and enclosure so it is a very silent environment. If anyone is interested check out their website: http://visitationmonasterymobile.org/HTMLcode/Desert.htm
  38. 3 points
    DominicanHeart

    Friend in the hospital

    I have a very dear friend who is in the hospital with some kind of problem and she doesn't know what it is. I'm really worried about her. Please pray
  39. 3 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    I can relate - make it a daily practice to turn to God in prayer for the strength - and even the willingness to do what He wants you to do. Could you contact your SD/pastor and ask to meet with him briefly about these struggles - I think that might be good.
  40. 3 points
    AveMariaPurissima

    Preparation for entry to Religious community

    Hello JJJPK! Congratulations on your upcoming entrance to the Benedictines of Mary!! Hopefully others more qualified than I will address your concerns. They are ones I have experienced too, so I would appreciate others' insights also! A couple books I would highly recommend, if you have the chance, are I Believe in Love by Fr. Jean C. J. D'Elbee and 33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. Both of them explain St. Thérèse's little way better than I ever could. But my understanding is this: It's not our sin itself that we love, but through God's grace and goodness, He can bring good out of it and use it to help us grow in humility and trust. Every sin, recognized with humility and repented of, can be a stepping stone that leads us back to our Lord's heart if we use it as an occasion to deepen our conversion. So often we'd love to have the satisfaction of seeing ourselves do well. But if I keep trying, and despite my best efforts, mess up, those falls give me reason to return to Jesus and deepen my humility and my trust and reliance on Him. Fr. Gaitley emphasizes a three-part understanding of how to live the little way: recognize our littleness and weakness, trust Jesus completely, and never stop trying to do our very best, like the little child St. Thérèse writes of, who keeps trying to climb the stairs but can't even make it up the first step. I hope that made at least some sense. It's late and my writing isn't coming out as well as I'd like! May the Lord bless you!!
  41. 3 points
    Seven77

    Disrespecting the rosary or just encouraging people to pray?

    Having read that post and comments that followed it, I think that dude overacted and most probably has serious anger management issues. I mean, it's no substitute for sitting down and actually praying the rosary consciously but it's nothing to get so worked up about. Praying the prayers of the Rosary while on Facebook is better than not praying the prayers of the Rosary while on Facebook, while in no way a substitute for stepping away from the computer to pray the Rosary… That's my view.
  42. 3 points
    chrysostom

    Disrespecting the rosary or just encouraging people to pray?

    TBH I have no idea. It sounds fine to me, assuming people actually say the Rosary...and if they don't that's on them! I initially reacted by thinking it's a way to share the faith in a friendly way and encourage rosary praying! Sure anything online runs the risk of being trivialised, but the rosary is not Holy Mass...well it's the Holy Rosary. But still. My alarm bells aren't immediately going off as long as people remain sincere. Not like I'm any authority though, just my initial impression.
  43. 3 points
    Pax17

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    Sister Maria Johanna of the Summit Dominicans has made her first profession: https://www.facebook.com/monialesop/
  44. 3 points
    shieldmaiden19

    Anxiety Over What Vocation I Should Pursue

    Just remember that as long as you are striving to follow the will of God, you won't miss it. God wants you to know His will for your life, so you just have to trust that as long as you're looking, you'll find it when the time is right. Don't worry about it! I know from personal experience that this is much easier said than done, but I'm also certain that your vocation is not something you should worry about. You should look forward to growing in understanding of God's will for you with so much joy, because whatever it is it is going to be beautiful and give you the greatest possible fulfillment this side of Heaven! You are in my prayers! God bless you!
  45. 3 points
    DameAgnes

    "My best friend became a nun" (FSMG's)

    Lots of pics. https://aleteia.org/2017/08/06/my-best-friend-became-a-nun/
  46. 3 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    ICU, check, test

    Among other things.
  47. 3 points
    DameAgnes

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    Three new novices for the SSFPA's. https://www.facebook.com/ssfpavocations/posts/1571568172894790
  48. 3 points
    Seven77

    Revelation 17:4

    Walmart is the whore of Babylon. Come out of her and save your soul and your money!
  49. 3 points
    dairygirl4u2c

    Catholic memes

  50. 3 points
    Francis Clare

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    If you look on the DSMME's Facebook posts further down, you'll see the newly 7 final professed Sisters!
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