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  1. vee

    Pray for me

    If anyone could please say an extra prayer or two for me that would be greatly appreciated. As is obvious by the fact that I'm posting here I am no longer in a community. All I can say is that God's ways and paths are known to Him alone.
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  2. Ash Wednesday

    Need your prayers now more than ever

    Pham, I need your prayers now more than ever. I will be returning to conventional treatment for my illness so that I can keep my job. Essentially, my life is in shambles. Please pray that I can find healing so that I can continue my livelihood and can also return to the sacraments. My condition has made me severely depressed and made it difficult to go to mass and haven't been in a while, since the summer. Not by conscious choice, but I've just been a mess. Please, please please pray for me.
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  3. Lil Red

    Newest family member is here

    Our newest babe, a boy, joined us yesterday afternoon after a fairly fast labor. Please pray for his health & his holiness and our whole family. Many thank yous.
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  4. Amppax

    Depression

    Please pray for me, I'm really struggling with my depression right now. I haven't been able to find a new psychiatrist to get my medicine under control, and I haven't been able to get in to see my counselor. Having a really hard time balancing all of that against my work, and getting extremely down.
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  5. LittleWaySoul

    Really Struggling

    Lately I've been grappling with a lot of faith stuff and I feel very alone and lost. This has made it more difficult to push myself to keep improving (physically, academically, emotionally...) like I should be. I'm worried that even if I can find someone to speak to about this, it won't do any good or they won't understand. I know this is all pretty vague but I really appreciate the prayers. I'll keep your intentions in my prayers as well.
    13 likes
  6. Charbel

    My Sister

    Last year on the 10th my sister suffered from a very traumatic trial. She may have a very hard time tomorrow as it is the 1 year anniversary since the event happened. Please pray for the well-being of her soul as well as for her to realize how loved she is from those around her and how much our Lord loves her. She suffers greatly from temptation to self-harm and does not see the worth she has as one of God's children. I love her with all my heart but sometimes I get very frustrated with her so please also pray that I may be able to treat her with more kindness and patience and to better understand her where she is at.
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  7. Spem in alium

    Sister Died.

    Please keep praying for her soul and all the many people who love her.
    13 likes
  8. vee

    Pray for me

    I really thank everyone for their prayers, I'm sure they are helping tremendously.
    12 likes
  9. BarbaraTherese

    Foster Son Moving In

    My foster son is now 52yrs old (53 in July). I was married at the time and we began fostering him when he was 8yrs old. His marriage has collapsed (seemingly completely) and he is coming to live with me. This is probably turning my whole way of life upside down almost, although I wont know how things are going to pan out until he moves in (later this afternoon) and in the following unfoldings. I am leaving it all in God's Hands, despite which I feel much anxiety united to The Cross. I have lived alone for so many years, it is going to be a big adjustment (for both of us) but not an impossible one. I am prone to anxiety, it seems to be in my DNA almost. Because of my mental history with the trigger being anxiety for an episode, suddenly a potential episode has loomed into the back of my mind. In reality too, as I write I realise, my problem is not my FS moving in here, nor the adjustment we need make, it is my fear of bipolar present somewhere in the anxiety. Your prayer very much appreciated.
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  10. CatherineM

    Prayers again

    One of our kids robbed us. Just some vacuum and iPad kind of stuff. Less than $1000, but we really can't keep taking these hits. The money hurts, but the violation hurts worse. I don't think we can keep doing this work. That hurts the most. I knew I was close, but I think I've reached the end of my rope.
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  11. Maggyie

    Unsupportive Mom

    Don't worry, it's highly unlikely the order will double in size before you can join. Most of the people who start out in religious life don't continue and it will take many, many years for that many Sisters to persevere. I have to admit, if you're homeschooled I suggest going to community college for at least a year. Although some people are very mature in a homeschool context, I find especially for girls in traditional families, it's often not the case. Your sisters are belatedly trying to establish independence for themselves which further suggests that's a dynamic that is at play. Don't be afraid to wait, it will make it more likely that you continue to final profession.
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  12. CatherineM

    Emergency prayers

    One of our neighbors didn't go to work last night. He hasn't missed a day's work in the 11 years we've lived here. His boss met us in the parking lot when we came home today. There's no answer at his door or phone, and neither of his cars has moved. We have the police coming to force his door open. Prayers that he is okay.
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  13. Lil Red

    For labor & delivery

    Hopefully baby will come this week. Please pray for a fast & relatively easy labor, especially as I hope to have a natural birth. My prayers will be with all of you & your intentions during labor.
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  14. Yesterday I learned from grieving friends that someone they loved and respected very much completed suicide on Christmas Eve. I did not know D. personally, but I sometimes heard my friends talking about her, and I know she experienced much suffering. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for the healing of her friends and family.
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  15. As some people here know, I used to work in the humanitarian field and I spent quite a long time living in areas with violence and injustice. I remain in touch with many friends in difficult places. Please pray for them, especially for one friend who feels uneasy about the oppression that is directed towards other groups in her country, but who struggles to know what she can and should do about it. Please pray that this friend will know that I love her. She is engaged to be married to a man who committed possible war crimes - he won't talk about his involvement in the fighting, but he was a soldier in an area where terrible things happened, and other friends of mine really suffered in that place. From things this particular friend has said to me lately I gather that she's worried I'm judging her partner harshly and she's protective over him while simultaneously feeling very guilty. Please pray that I can be gentle and that God will teach us all how to listen.
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  16. Joeysgirl

    Our Gerard has gone to God

    Our Gerard went home to God at 8 o'clock this morning 7 January. He was anointed again(the 3rd time) yesterday afternoon at the Hospice and was able to receive Holy Communion despite his advanced oesaphagus cancer. Thank you all for your prayers please pray for his family, who are not catholic, as they arrange his funeral and for his soul.
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  17. Kateri89

    For an unhappy situation

    My sister decided to tell the family tonight (Christmas) that she is 6 weeks pregnant. She is not married and until today lied about being in a relationship with this guy. I couldn't bring myself to congratulate her or even pretend to be happy for her. I bit my tongue to stop myself from saying how upset I am because I always try to think of the writings of many saints and even scripture itself advising us not to speak right away but to wait for our emotions to simmer down. I am as pro-life as they come and I'm certainly not trying to insinuate that she should have an abortion; I just feel so disappointed in her and hurt that she lied to me for so long. On top of that, she lives about a thousand miles away so even if/when I work through these emotions to be excited about being an aunt, I won't be around to be involved in my niece or nephew's life. Add to that, I was determined to make 2017 the year I finally applied to enter a religious congregation and I'm still set on that path. If that happens, I may not get to meet the child when he/she is born. And the last selfish feeling I'm struggling with is that I know that this will change the dynamic of my relationship with my sister who I'm very close to and I'm particularly sad about that. I feel like some of these emotions are justified and others are very selfish but I'm still in shock and right or wrong, this is how I feel. I'm asking for your prayers because you guys have always been great intercessors for me and because I want to handle this situation in the best way possible. Please also pray for my sister and the baby, not only for their physical well being but for my sister to find her way to God and His Church.
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  18. McM RSCJ

    Unsupportive Mom

    You have indeed received much sage advice. As a Religious (same Community as Sr. Leticia, but an ocean away), I would add two important bywords or wise understandings from which I've learned over the years: 1) We cannot really begin to discern (in the Ignatian sense) until we face an actual and immediate choice or good or decision. Experiencing strong desires for religious life or married life or for becoming a missionary, etc., is not the same as discerning religious life or married life or the missionary call. . . . Under the wisdom of that light, you have the desires. But you have not yet begun to discern, and that is absolutely fine and as it should be. God acts in the real, the concrete, and in actual relationships. 2) It is not possible to give oneself away to another person, not even to God, before one has a self. That's why psychological maturity, experience, intellectual development etc are not distractions from considering religious life but prerequisites. And that is why you are hearing so many wise words suggesting you take time, go to college, live away from home, et cetera. Those are the two watchwords. I believe the wisdom they contain comes from saintly sages and long ages. Worth listening to. But for my own two cents, I have two observations that may or may not resonate with you. You call your Mother unsupportive. But it sounds to me as though your Mother and Father have been amazingly supportive. At the age of 16, you tell them out of the blue you want to visit a contemplative monastery this past November. They agree and give permission for you to go. Wow! And did they also pay for the transportation? For an offering? You come home and tell them it's not for you. Then in January (only a month or so later) you tell them you were wrong, the monastery is right for you, and you are going back in May. You are sure this time it will all be different and you will enter this Summer or Fall? I think the most supportive parents/persons in the world would find that hard to take, no? After all what has actually changed? (And are they also to come up with the money to get you there again?) My second observation has to do with the chills that ran up my arms and spine when I read this in your post: "I've even had good priest friends tell me that her negativity and tyrants [tirades] are 'not normal.'" Yes, I was on full red alert. Good priests ought deliberately to make sure they do not act as "friends" with 16 year old girls or boys. They are to be disinterested advisors, mentors, guides. Same is true for teachers, physicians, counselors, etc. It's a critical boundary issue out of respect for you and your development. If they are priests, they ought to be following every requirement, spirit and law, of the Church's Protection of Minors training which does rule out certain kinds of relationships between adults and those who are not adults yet. And good priests, while they might reassure you that conflict between a 16 yr old and her Mom is as normal as the ebb and flow of tides, would never say to you that your Mother is not normal (even if they suspected that). That would be a violation of priestly counsel and discretion. Now if these guys are your same age and are seminarians, present or hopeful, but not yet priests, then they may indeed enjoy hanging with you as a peer-age pal who takes your side in a parental conflict, because that's what adolescents do. But if they are not adolescents, and if they are priests breaking these important boundaries, do take care, okay?
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  19. BarbaraTherese

    Thank you

    Thank you very much guys for prayer! I am just back from my lunch date with my brother and lo and behold his wife was with him too. I prayed so hard before they called to pick me up and almost got myself into a right royal panic state afraid the anger was going to burst into the surface. It didn't - I was as calm cool and collected as any cucumber when I got in the car with absolutely no sign of anger nor panic - from somewhere (Deo Gratius) reason and logic had taken the reins and holds them still. When I got in the car, I remembered I had forgotten Oxazepam (half of an Ox and a bomb could drop without me blinking - it calms me down completely). I had to race back inside and grab the bottle of (PRN prescribed) Ox. I did not need it, did not even look like needing it - in fact until writing this gratitude note, had forgotten I had taken it with me. Short of it all is that, things went exceptionally well my way in that my family will soon be aware (talk) that I am not short of two bob in any way and may not say much at times but I do not miss a thing. They know now that I certainly am not any hospital case. All is Grace. Can't help but like the thought of being a fly on some walls tonight. My family just have a very hard time coming to terms with and just accepting the fact that I am different to them. A case of they are from Venus, I am from Mars. How my family will react is an unfolding matter for whatever might unfold in the days. Thank you so much again, very much. Will email the nuns of Perpetual Adoration for a very big thank you too. Deo Gratius Laudate Dominum ...........and on we go.......time for me to watch the news and catch up with the world.......
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  20. vee

    Pray for me

    Thanks again for all the prayers and kind words!! i more deeply realized something today. Not that deep but that when people know you've been in a religious community they watch and expect more from you. Not everyone but I get that sense that some people do, even my own family. It's interesting then, how even though I'm not in a community I'm still representing that community and religious life in general. I'm not acting or putting on airs or whatever, I'm just being myself and the teaching I received comes through. It's like I had the classroom instruction and now I have to actually go out and put it into practice!
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  21. Joeysgirl

    A Thank You

    Please join me in praying for one another. I have been so supported by your prayers during my brother Gerard's terminal illness and death. We had a beautiful Requiem Mass on Wednesday. I will pray for you all today and ask you to do the same. Thank you for being here and Dust for setting this up.
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  22. CatherineM

    Update

    Our neighbor is deceased. He fell asleep on his couch and died in his sleep. He was in his 50's. No wife or children. He was a paper guy, so was working while we were asleep. He was a very nice man who didn't take care of his diabetes.
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  23. beatitude

    For a Suicidal Friend

    I'm staying with my friend S, who is feeling suicidal. I have asked for prayers for her before - her mum recently attempted suicide and is now in hospital, she came out of an abusive relationship in April last year, which is still affecting her psychologically, and she is struggling with many things, including a stressful job. Her whole life has been very difficult, as she was her mum's primary carer from childhood. Earlier today she was crying to me that her mum doesn't love her and her mum might get better if she (S) wasn't around any more. I'm very worried. Please pray for her, starting that tonight she may have a good sleep free of nightmares, and that she will recover and find happiness in life. I am going to try and encourage her to seek more support, as she is shutting in on herself. Please pray that this talk goes well and that she is able to trust me enough to let me help.
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  24. AveMariaPurissima

    Work and school

    I am looking for a job, so I would appreciate prayers for success in that. I'm having a hard time finding suitable positions to apply for, and it's a little discouraging. I do have an interview scheduled for later this week, but if that one doesn't work out, I'm not sure what I'll do... I'm also looking into working on my bachelor's. The transfer process (I just finished my associate's at a community college) is overwhelming, and I don't really know what I'm doing so I'm just trying to research and figure it out as I go along. I've started filling out the application for the school I'm most interested in, but I have just under a month to complete and submit the app before the deadline. I'm concerned especially about the essays and having to write top-notch essays in such a short amount of time. I also haven't really talked to my family about my plans. I don't think they'll be too keen on the whole idea, especially because the school is too far away to commute, so I'd have to live there. (It's kind of nerve-wracking to me too, but I feel strongly about pursuing this path.) I know I'm an adult, but I have a hard time feeling like I have autonomy to make decisions like this. I'd like to start this fall, preferably, which also presents another difficulty in my job search: how can I find a good job when I only expect to be available for 6-8 months? Suffice to say, I would appreciate prayers for this whole situation. (And if I could be so bold as to add one more petition...I've been struggling with chastity lately and I would appreciate prayers for that as well.) Thank you!
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  25. NadaTeTurbe

    Saints for 2017

    Hi ! First, happy New Year ! So... The Saints ! I still have more saints, if you want one and did not ask, or if you want one for your families members ! @truthfinder : Saint Germaine Cousin. My favorite Saint. Lucky you !! @Charbel : Your saint is Saint Agnes of Assisi and your sister have two saints : Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrochi and his wife Maria Corsini ! @CountrySteve21 : Blessed Charles of Foucault @DominicanHeart : Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini @kg94 : Saint Benedict Joseph Labre @TheresaThoma : Saint Luke @Philotea : Saint Geneviève @BarbaraTherese : Don Bosco @HopefulHeart : Blessed Marcel Callo @Jack4 : Saint Perpetua and Felicity And my saint is Blessed Oscar Romero
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  26. I haven't been on this forum for a while. I guess I disappeared. Kim-Thérèse here, the co-foundress of The Vocation Operation with EmilyAnn. I was previously a Candidate in another congregation (Franciscan, though I won't say exactly which one) back in 2013-2014, though I took a break due to some doubts about the particular congregation and feeling somehow not ready to enter Postulancy, despite having applied and been accepted initially. So, I decided to further my studies to do a Bachelor's degree, and I chose to go abroad to pursue it. Now, just about going into my third year in January 2017 (I will finish July 2018), I cannot help but keep thinking of Religious Life. The desire to give myself wholly to God in a life of prayer and service has never left me. The longing remains, and has done since I was 14 or 15 years old. I am now 22 years old. However, through discernment with my spiritual father here, I have discovered that I may have mistaken my spirituality. As a teenager I rejected the contemplative vocation because I thought my gifts would be wasted. I'm very musical, can speak a few languages and love to write. I'm also very much a people person, though I'm a social INTROVERT. That's not to say I'm shy or anything, but rather, I recharge alone. So, the thing is, I've discovered that my spirituality is likely to be Carmelite. Very different from what I'd imagined. The more I learn, the more I'm drawn to the life of solitude within community, silence and prayer. At the heart of my desire is to serve God, but I told my spiritual father, Hosea 2 describes best what I am experiencing - God alluring my heart, taking me into the wilderness etc. What else about Carmel? I was surprised when I went on a visit to speak with a Carmelite nun where I am, and she had me reflect on St Elizabeth of the Trinity, and I resonated so much with her. Then I read more, writings of St Teresa of Avila (St TofA) and St Therese of Lisieux (St ToL). I'm drawn by the concept of the interior castle (St ToA) and the little way of the Little Flower, my dear patron saint (St ToL). What more? I kind of always had this secret curiosity about what it'd be like to make the altar breads that would be consecrated at Mass. I guess you could say God drew me to that apostolate? So anyway, I'm in an intermittent period now as I'm still studying, but I'm pretty sure I have a good idea of where God might be calling me to. My spiritual father said to me, "I believe you know" in regards to the matter. So, please keep me in prayer, especially as I'm not actually sure which Carmel to consider since I cannot enter where I am due to nationality restrictions, and I am not drawn to the Carmel in the country I'm in. Thus, as the Carmelite nun and my spiritual father have said to me, they asked me to consider entering overseas. This is something I need to pray about and ask especially for your prayers that the Lord leads me to do His will. As Mama Mary said, "Be it done unto me according to thy Word".
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  27. Ice_nine

    foot injury

    I've been having this pain in my foot for a few weeks. It as diagnosed as lateral overload but it hurts pretty bad. I've been on light duty and I can't work all my hours so I'm burning through my sick time. I can't be as active and working out/losing weight has been great for my mental health lately. Please pray for quick healing. Thanks
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  28. beatitude

    Motivation to work

    I passed my PhD a month ago with some minor amendments to make, thanks be to God. It's been years of work on this project and I'm really struggling to scrape together the passion and energy to make the corrections, especially as they feel very dull. My deadline is Monday. Please pray for me to be blessed with the necessary fire to get it done and done well.
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  29. To be honest, I have always been quite cautious about this community. I had a friend who discerned with them and I don't want to say too much so as not to violate her privacy or theirs, but I can point to what is publicly visible: the community has changed its name back and forth a couple of times; it started out with a very weakly defined apostolate ("to flood the streets with holy habits") that now seems to have changed to family ministry in parishes; the founder received her formation with the Visitandines and originally imagined the community as Salesian in spirituality, but it's now Benedictine; and so on. To Mother Miriam's credit, all this has been very clear and open, and transparency suggests sincerity. But however sincere she might be, I would be put off discerning with a community that doesn't yet seem to have a coherent sense of itself and its place in the Church - and it may well be just me, but when I look at their website, I'm still not getting that clear sense. Looking back on the Church's history, the majority of foundations have never taken root. There are also communities that have existed for a comparatively short while and then faded out. Finally, it's rare even for a new foundation that does flourish not to have their struggles at the beginning. So it shouldn't be too surprising that this is happening. If God wants these sisters to stay and flourish, they will stay and flourish; and if not, at least they tried. Effort can be just as much of a witness as 'success', which the Lord may define very differently from us.
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  30. Sister Leticia

    Unsupportive Mom

    Hello JJJPK - welcome! You've asked for advice, and probably received more than you expected - but that's how things are here. I agree with almost all of what has been said by all the previous posters, especially where you have been urged to more love and less speed. Love and pray for your mother - not praying that she changes her mind, just praying for her. She may still be unsupportive, but your prayers will bring her blessings - and will also have an effect on your own heart. And go to college, or if you don't want that, then find work or sign up for some volunteering - something which will get you out and interacting with people from different ages and backgrounds, and enable you to grow in experience and maturity. As others have said, it will be to your benefit - and will give you time and space in which to visit a few other places, discern etc. And if you end up returning to the original monastery, then don't worry, they will still be there, with plenty of space for new candidates, in two, three or more years' time. I'd also like to add a few more comments, based on what you didn't say in your OP. You mentioned telling your parents, and having siblings, but then focussed exclusively on how your mother has taken the news. Where and how is your father in all this? What about your siblings? Are any of them supportive or helpful or could act as peacemakers? I wonder if you've had a difficult, strained relationship with your mother (which is quite common for teenage girls - I know I did! It's all part of growing, developing and creating our own identity) and that's why it has, sadly, become you v your mother. You say your dream is to enter this summer or autumn. That's your dream - but what about the community? What do they say? You haven't told us. I presume you spoke with one or more of them when you visited - what did they say to this 1st time visitor who was clearly on the brink of tears and homesick (and even if you felt you hid it from them, they'll have picked it up, believe me). Or are you hoping that when you visit them in May and ask to enter they'll say of course, and you can enter within the next few months? Basically, you can ask to enter, but it's up to the community to decide whether or not to accept you, and when. They may well expect discerners to visit them more than once or twice, to do a live-in etc - after all, this is someone they will live with at close quarters, maybe for life, and they need to get to know her and be sure about her. And it's also a way of discovering, right from the beginning, that in religious life you can discern, but the final decision rests with someone else. And that brings me to the biggest thing you didn't say. You told us what YOU want, what you dream about, that "I felt pretty certain I wanted to be a Benedictine"... but entering religious life isn't about what we want, it's about what GOD wants. It isn't about us deciding but God calling and us responding. As God's calls are rarely 100% direct and crystal clear, discernment is needed. And the prerequisite for any discernment is to become free from any undue influence - to be poised like the midpoint of a balance. Uncovering the biases or sometimes-hidden, subtle influences is the real challenge. For example, in your OP you said you cried and begged God "to let me be as close to him as I could, by joining a convent" - but being as poised and open to God's desire as possible is about wanting to be close to God, full stop - and allowing God to say how and where. In the Principle and Foundation with which the Spiritual Exercises begin, St Ignatius asked retreatants to pray for this grace of "indifference" - in order to hold ourselves in balance and inner freedom, not to fix our desires on this or that, but to truly be able to live so that Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening his life in me. So pray for the grace of "indifference", for openness to whatever God's dream is for you (which is infinitely better than anything you can dream of!) and a true, deep desire only for whatever leads to the deepening of God's life in you. And then discern! Blessings!
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  31. Oh dear that troll doll is completely naakeed. And that's not the look of love in his eyes! Hide yo kids, hide yo wife... Totally porno. This is worse than the seductive lustful elf with the bosom problem.
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  32. Well, I think *many* religious congregations of active sisters are intentionally contemplative in their spirituality. If you read Global Sisters Report, you will see that there is a *lot* of attention to contemplative practice, sometimes most explicitly in communities that you would assume were most "active." Consider, for instance, some of the columns on GSR by Nancy Sylvester, IHM, who conducts retreats and workshops around the world on contemplative practice. There are many forms of contemplative practice, of course. Part of exploring the spirituality of particular communities is determining whether THEIR forms of prayer (including contemplation) are life-giving for you.
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  33. dominicansoul

    Pray for me

    You know I'm here for you and always will be. It's been a hard time seeing you so sad, but I'm glad you are with me just for a while. God is good and He will never abandon your heart's desires. He knows what is best. Love ya, chica!
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  34. DominicanHeart

    For a wonderful year

    2016 was a struggle for many. I'm praying for all to have a blessed and happy healthy new year. Please pray that I can surrender to Gods Will and do whatever He asks of me
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  35. sr.christinaosf

    Prayers for the needs of St. Anne's

    Would you please keep in prayer the ongoing needs of St. Anne's, including our Mass schedule and other special intentions/needs. Thank you
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  36. CatherineM

    For strength

    I found out this morning that a guest yesterday stole my bank card and used it for $900. I'm expecting 50 or so today for our annual Christmas party. I feel stupid and violated and not in a mood to welcome people back in. My SD told me that if you lay down with dogs, you're eventually going to get fleas. You don't throw the dogs out. You bug bomb and get on with the task at hand. The person who robbed me needs prayers more than I do I suppose.
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  37. I had some testing done through the audiologist who works in my ENT doctor's office for both balance and hearing. I've been having a lot of problems with dizziness/vertigo lately as well as fluctuating hearing loss, feelings of fullness/pressure in ears, and tinnitus. The hearing test revealed that I am losing high-frequency hearing in both ears and the audiologist asked if the tinnitus was high pitched, which it is. We also did a series of tests that measure eye movements to see how the vertigo is affecting me. I won't get the results of the test for another 2-3 weeks because my follow-up isn't scheduled until after my tonsillectomy next week. Please say some prayers that the tests reveal that the vertigo is easily treatable. My worry is that I have the same thing my aunt has - Meniere's disease - which is not easily treated and highly controversial. My doctor said it could be neurological as well - migraines or an acoustic neuroma, for example - in which case, he will refer me to a neurologist for treatment and further testing.
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  38. truthfinder

    Feeling sick

    Hey Pham, I could use your prayers again. It's been a very busy and stressful week and now I think I'm coming down with something. I really need to get through tomorrow, but I'm really hoping that whatever this is goes away and doesn't come back during some other inopportune time. Thanks
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  39. Amppax

    A Friend

    Please say a prayer for me. A formerly very close friend has cut all contact with me and has ignored all my attempts to reach out (phone call, texts, messages, etc). I'm very discouraged by this, as this is someone whose friendship has meant a great deal to me over the years we've known each other. At this point, I can only hope that my friend again comes to see value in our friendship.
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  40. OnlySunshine

    Prayer for My Upcoming Meeting

    Please say a prayer for my upcoming meeting with my boss. I have some very important issues to address before I go on medical leave next Tuesday. Thanks.
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  41. Indeed. And this is precisely the reason that I believe fine art, of which nude art is an important element, are desperately needed in our society as a witness to the beauty and dignity of the human body and, by extension, God's creation. Fine art directly and strongly contradicts the sexualization and degredation that have accompanied pop culture.
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  42. Archaeology cat

    Practicing Catholic and Supports PP

    NFP instructor here, and I can attest to this. When many hear about NFP from the Church, they're told how beautiful and wonderful it is. My own presentation (from the BOMA-US organization) has a slide about "the beauty of waiting" when talking about the required periodic abstinence, so I am always clarifying that it's beautiful in the sense that fasting or any other sacrifice is beautiful, but that doesn't make it fun or easy. Anyway, so when a couple finds that NFP isn't all sunshine and lollipops, as it was presented to them, they either feel like they're doing it wrong and are afraid to admit their struggles, or they just stop. There's not much real support for couples who are having a hard time with it. While many couples don't have excessive abstinence with it, some do, and that's a real hardship that needs to be addressed. Not by telling them to quit, but by real support. I'm the only NFP instructor in my parish - a parish with 1000s of families. I cannot support every couple in the parish (not that they're asking me, because most don't even know about me unless they're getting married and the priest tells them to talk to me because NFP is required for marriage prep here). I can certainly understand why Yulinda doesn't feel supported. No, this doesn't make her choice correct, but does show that we have more work to do to educate and support.
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  43. Arch

    Hardship

    If you can, please prayer for me to overcome the current hardships I am facing. Thank you.
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  44. I don't really feel comfortable saying what the difficult situation is, but it's been weighing on me for months now and I've been thinking that I should seek out a spiritual director who I can discuss it with. So prayers that I might be able to find a wise and good spiritual director would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks, pham.
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  45. Anastasia (L&T)

    MRI and a cold

    I would like everything to go well and accurate results and best treatment. Thanks!
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  46. Clare~Therese

    My Cousin's Baby

    My cousin's wife gave birth to their son today (Dec. 26). He's their first child and his dad (my cousin) is beyond excited. As far as I know both mom and baby are healthy and doing very well.
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  47. NadaTeTurbe

    Merry Christmas VS !

    May the Holy family be a model for those pursuing marriage, may those who have a contemplative vocation take in example the wise men in adoration, and may those with an active vocation be as fearless than the shepherds !
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  48. Josh, you need to exercise more discernment. Maybe wait until quotes are part of the public record before freaking out. By the way the article says this was the pope criticizing HIMSELF. Josh, you need to exercise more discernment. Maybe wait until quotes are part of the public record before freaking out. By the way the article says this was the pope criticizing HIMSELF. ETA: My favorite Pope who split the Church is Pope St Pius X. This Pope was so controversial and divisive that years later his name is synonymous with struggle within the church.
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  49. ...and that's enough internet for today
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  50. beatitude

    For a friend in great need

    Please pray for my friend S. Her mum is in hospital following a serious suicide attempt. In addition to this, S is coping with the stress of a new and very responsible job (she's a children's social worker) and various health problems of her own. Normally we talk regularly but now she's reaching out less and less and I'm worried. Please pray for her to be comforted and supported at this time and to know the love of Christ.
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