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  1. 7 points
    DeoOptimoMaximo

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    I first discovered Phatmass about 12 years ago when I first started seriously discerning a religious/priestly vocation. My faith and knowledge of vocations was really deepened by being on PM and it connected me with those of similar interests. I stuck mainly with Vocation Station for that reason. At the time there were many young women entering convents on here and a number of young men entering seminaries. As the years went on, I visited PM less and less, for various reasons, including my own entrance into seminary, but especially because I noticed that the Vocation Station was almost exclusively female in its members, and it became difficult to find any men on here to discuss seminary and the priestly vocation, so I stopped contributing. Nevertheless, PM will always have a special place in my heart, as it helped start me on the path to the priesthood. By the grace of God, I've been a priest now for a little over six months.
  2. 4 points
    Pax17

    Abbess Retires

    From Mt. Saint Mary's Abbey: https://msmabbey.org/news/mother-maureen-retires-as-abbess
  3. 4 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hey pham, My visit with community B went very well, and a bit not like what I expected. I'm not going to go into huge details, but I have concluded that community B is not where I am called. It's really hard because I felt a tremendous about of peace the first day I was there, but after talking with the VD I know for sure that it's just not the right place for me. One of the things I was, and still am, processing from the retreat is the ability to let go of my family. I'm very close with them, and this retreat for some reason really brought that particular fear to the surface and I felt it's effects very much over the weekend. On the bright side, praises be to God that I was healthy the whole weekend, no migraines at all! I'm still in contact with community C, and have pushed back my visit with them to a tentative date in April. I've got a lot to process before I finalize those plans though. I'm honestly at a point where I'm ready to make a hard decision one way or the other; to enter or give up on religious life for good. I'm going to start aging out of communities soon, and it's just time to stop being a "sister of perpetual discernment". I need to stop trying to have my cake and eat it too, (a huge explanation behind this I'll keep to myself for now). I ask for your prayers, that I may have clarity of God's will, and that I may accept His loving will whatever it may be. Know that I'm praying for you all!
  4. 3 points
    little2add

    Pray to end abortion

    The time is always right to do what is right. -Dr. Martin Luther King
  5. 3 points
    Maximilianus

    Bad RTL student, not

    seriously, watch it. Warning language is rough in some spots.
  6. 3 points
    Ziggamafu

    Why is the Phorum Mostly Dead?

    I just resurrected a couple of my old threads for fun. I do miss the intellectual stimulation provided by some of the 2010 characters. I hope everyone is well. So much has changed.
  7. 2 points
    Nihil Obstat

    How Would A Brain Transplant Work?

    I am touched. Since I stopped posting I have completed my philosophy degree, started to get pretty deeply into photography, and have been listening very intently to Fr. Ripperger's sermons and conferences.
  8. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    Trump And The Republican Party Are So Pro-Life

    Trump has done some good work for the prolife movement: https://www.sba-list.org/trump-pro-life-wins defunding planned parenthood needs all republicans voting YES, and I think McCain was the vote that stopped that from happening... which is why he was worshipped by Democrats and liberals when he died...
  9. 2 points
    Anomaly

    Being mean on the internet

    “When you’re about to make a comment, ask yourself a very simple question: “Am I doing this out of love, out of a sincere wish for the good of the person or persons I’m addressing?” If not, shut up. If it becomes clear that your comment is simply spleen-venting, scapegoating, or virtue-signalling, shut up. The internet can be a marvelous tool, and it can be a weapon used for Satanic purposes. Applying the test of love can very effectively undermine the scapegoating mechanism and drive the devil out.”
  10. 2 points
    Anomaly

    Bad RTL student, not

    I don’t approve of the kid who painted his face black. I never said Trayvon had it coming. You don’t know me, know what color I am, my family, loved ones, or friends are. You are a nasty little git who looks to hate on others so you can pat yourself on the back for being better. You are the hate that just keeps hating. FYI, I know I’m a nicer person as an atheist than you are as a Catholic. You are just one of the many hypocrite Catholic embarrassments that gives the religion a bad name and ugly face. Your ignorance and stupidity lets you believe your self righteous hatred is really indignation. You’re really an unfortunate and ill mannered joke.
  11. 2 points
    Maximilianus

    Bad RTL student, not

    Josh, I know you are sensitive to these issues, but how about watching the full video before jumping on the slander bandwagon. Black Hebrew Israelite harass a bunch of kids, then the Indian activists get up in the face of the same kids that were already getting taunted. That Indian guy is lucky it was just a kid who wasn't sure how to react in an awkward situation in which a grown man gets all up in his personal space and beats a drum incessantly. And if you call me racist you are a racist against eyeglass wearing Puerto Ricans, I can play the racial one-up game too. And posting a old pic as a response is cowardly and intellectually dishonest.
  12. 2 points
    Nunsuch

    IHM Sister professes final vows

    Sister Barbara O'Neill made final profession as a Monroe, Michigan, Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary last Sunday. Congratulations, Barbara! https://ihmsisters.org/2019/01/congratulations-sister-barbara/
  13. 2 points
    ardillacid

    Trump Votes-Gullible Rubes?

    Did Winchester get fat(ter)?
  14. 2 points
    Ash Wednesday

    Trump Votes-Gullible Rubes?

    I prefer not to generalize about voters. People vote for different reasons. I think some people voted for Trump simply because they were angry and wanted to throw a hand grenade protest vote. Same with Brexit. A lot of people I know also weren't really fans of him and weren't really voting FOR Trump as much as they were holding their nose and voting against establishment politics. I have concerns that the general public are all turning into gullible rubes, where we aren't actually electing capable politicians anymore on either side -- we are going for the "rock stars" with the strong cult of personality regardless of what their credentials are. The only people I consider to be gullible rubes are the ones that follow everything Trump does or says and never criticizes or questions anything he does or says at all. I have this same problem here in the UK with people that want a hard Brexit but don't seem to acknowledge or understand what that actually entails. I suppose this goes for how people treat any politician or party. People need to form a correct conscience and use critical thinking when it comes to secular politics instead of toeing a certain political line at all costs.
  15. 2 points
    Maximilianus

    Trump Votes-Gullible Rubes?

    my guess is Hassan forgot his log in and y'all took the bait. But I could be wrong, it happens.
  16. 1 point
    Poor Friars

    Falling face first into a fire at 7 months & now a friar...

    Friar Juan Maria has a beautiful witness: Falling face first into a fire at the age of 7 months of age and following dozens of surgery to his face, he overcame the challenges of such trauma with Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He now joyfully lives as a Little Friar, studying in Rome to become a Priest. Click here to see a short feature on Friar Juan's witness on EWTN's News Nightly: Here is a link to the full written article on Catholic News Agency: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/World.php?id=18757
  17. 1 point
    cappie

    THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    Our first reading this Sunday comes from the Prophet Nehemiah. This passage reminds us that all of our worship comes out of the Word. Notice the unusual scene from the story-the people of Israel, just back from seven decades as refugees and exiles, have gathered for no other reason than to hear the Scriptures read. Notice their reaction: they weep for the grief of it and the rejoice for the joy of it! Nehemiah tells us about how God reconstructed the people-through the public reading and teaching of Scripture. The Law. The Law-Torah in Hebrew-was the way that Jewish people could be led by God; the Torah showed people God’s will. The Torah was instruction, divine design, and direction for God’s people. No wonder they listen for three hours nonstop. The cause for their celebration, for their great rejoicing, was that they had understood the Word, that they knew the Lord was their strength. We certainly must not ignore the broken places, the places out of joint in our lives and community. God’s Word calls us to become acutely aware of our need for grace. The worship also leads us to the God who is the source of our energy. Every time we listen to the Scriptures, we are encouraged to trust God as the source of our life, the power and love of our life. The Philosopher Paul Tillich says that if we think of God as a supernatural being who is “out there,” far away, unapproachable, hidden perhaps, then the only logical conclusion is atheism. At the very least, it presents a problem with prayer, because if God is too far away and we’re not sure where, do we have to shout to be heard? Some of the language of our worship suggests that God is indeed far, far away and unavailable to us. There is a real sense that God is “out there” and uninvolved, not among us at all. But what was the message of Christmas that we celebrated and were meant to learn? That Emanuel, our prayer that God would come among us, has been answered. Jesus stood up in the synagogue to read from the prophet Isaiah, and then sat down to teach the people, saying, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” The people marvelled at him and “were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.” They did not yet understand the full implication for them of a world where everyone is welcome at God’s table with equal place, and that God is there at the table and in their midst. Paul taught about the Body of Christ: that we need each other for wholeness and health in the Body. And Jesus spoke of reconciling hurts and differences and inequities in the larger family of God. Right now, we’re living in a world off-balance. Violence of all kinds is so normal that it doesn’t even capture our attention on the evening news. Our elected officials seem often to be at cross-purposes with those they are elected to serve. Relationships are fraught with marriages broken, children ignored, friends too busy to catch up with each other, our old people lonely. What happened? How do we find our way back into a sense of community, of shared purpose, of goals and striving for the good of the whole? We must understand Paul’s teaching that every member of the Body is crucial, whether the “Body” is a marriage, a family, a congregation, a neighbourhood, a city, a country, or the world! This is true for every person, and because it is so linked to the bedrock of our faith, Jesus, it is especially true for us as Christian believers. We are all members of one Body through baptism, linked together whether we like it or not. Jesus brought us salvation and said that he brought it for all. This isn’t optional. Jesus teaches that the larger family of God shares the responsibility of care, one for another. But it takes the Apostle Paul to remind us in this morning’s second reading that not one of us is ever alone. We have each other and we have God and we are to live as such, in balance and complexity and harmony. In that, we can find both tremendous comfort as well as great responsibility for action.
  18. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    This is HOT

    On Thursday it will be 113.9F here in Adelaide Sth Aust, and could go higher. Now that is HOT !!! Thank The Lord my new air conditioner has been installed - I am going to need it. Deo Gratius.......and to my two brothers.
  19. 1 point
    chrysostom

    This is HOT

    Last weekend we had a 40 degree drop in temperature from morning to night, make that about 55 degrees if you count wind chill. A lot of people caught out and about with not enough layers on!
  20. 1 point
    Jack4

    Bad RTL student, not

    - Archbishop Chaput, Native American, dated 17th January (before this story broke) http://archphila.org/archbishop-chaputs-weekly-column-marching-for-life-2019/
  21. 1 point
    Ash Wednesday

    Being mean on the internet

    This is a great article. I get that wearing Trump's red hat is going to bring a lot of anger out in people. I'm somewhat detached as I no longer live in the U.S. but I understand the anger that is felt when you see someone that has a different political viewpoint than you. Some hard Brexiters and the derisive remarks they make about immigrants over here in the U.K. make my blood boil. But they are still people. With families. With lives. I would never single someone out over politics and try to name and shame them as racists and evil people when I know absolutely nothing about them. It's a serious thing to try to set out and ruin someone's life, and that's what the internet can do. The way the masses on social media have been going in on this school and everyone associated with this school is creepy. I've even seen priests who had nothing to do with this linked and implicated. And whatever righteous anger people think they are feeling -- doxxing people, bullying them, shaming them -- is not going to make things any better and it's not going to change their minds. Usually people like this tend to double down, if anything. The whole back and forth situation is only made worse. The only way we can start to change the world is with ourselves. It's the only thing we have control over.
  22. 1 point
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    “Be Still…” Be Still and Know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) What a wonderful invitation! To be still, yes, to acknowledge Him, and Him only as God! To be still in His presence: to be calm, quiet, peace… “Wine to Gladden Their Hearts” This morning, the Bible study I hold for our residents was an interesting one! First of all, I had to rush to get there on time, having sacristy duties after Mass and also needing to watch the fron…
  23. 1 point
    fides' Jack

    Pope Francis: Former popes ignored mercy in using ‘inhuman’ death penalty

    You, too.
  24. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Pope Francis: Former popes ignored mercy in using ‘inhuman’ death penalty

    If one is in favour of/advocates for the death penalty, then one is not pro-life in that instance. To me it is a contradiction to call oneself pro-life but only under certain circumstances. (I may have worded things clumsily. I did not mean to state that The Church teaches that it is ok to not be pro-life)
  25. 1 point
    Jennifer

    Perpetual Profession at St Joseph Monastery

    Sr, Cecilia Maria looks so very happy. Thank you for sharing.
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