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  1. 6 points
    dUSt

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    I’m actually encouraged that a top ranking official is coming clean. This gives me great hope that evil is beginning to be rooted out. It’s a great time in the renewal of our church. A monumental time in history—and we’re living through it. We are the church militant, and our strength is needed now more than ever. Come Holy Spirit!
  2. 6 points
    dominicansoul

    On wearing the habit

    I was the laundress. Once I turned a dominican habit to a carmelite brown in the wash. We had hard iron in our water all our whites turned brown if we didn’t use a special chemical wash. So.. there I was trouncing upstairs to let mother know I made a terrible mistake. She calmed me down and asked who’s habit was it? I didn’t even think to look so I ran back downstairs and looked at the tag and ran back upstairs to her office. I was out of breath, she waited patiently for me to say whose habit it was. I looked at her and blurted out... “it’s mine!” “Divine Justice” Mother said, as she gave me permission to rewash it in special chemicals to turn it white again...
  3. 5 points
    Ash Wednesday

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    John Paul II made mistakes in his papacy but he was also a brilliant theologian and inspired millions. Could his sainthood have waited? Sure. But it's far easier to judge people through the lens of hindsight, isn't it? He went to confession daily (honestly having to oversee a tent of 1 billion souls, it's small wonder why he did) and he's no longer around to answer for himself. From what went on in my own diocese, being people that my family and I actually knew, a lot of it I think may have happened because of naiveté and cowardice. I personally don't think my bishop intentionally and deliberately did anything wrong by sending our priest off to "treatment" where he was eventually moved to another diocese. I just think he and others in his position were very naive by thinking that this man's perversions could just be "treated" like alcoholism. I can't speak for now but this was the attitude at the time. I also suspect some of the secrecy is a very old, deep rooted cultural problem, where people, particularly clergy were fearful that revealing a priest's past would be committing a mortal sin of detraction. Obviously the culture and understanding of what the greatest sin in this situation is has to change and the greater sin would be to ignore or downplay it rather than take direct action to put a stop to it. In hindsight it would have been better if our bishop had just moved to defrock our priest sooner rather than just thinking he could be "treated" and moved away. Like the fall in the Garden, evil is very cunning this way into tricking people into thinking that they are doing or believing the right thing, when in fact, they are not. Sadly, some of the worst sins I have committed in my life where when I wasn't even really aware of the gravity of them until much later.
  4. 4 points
    Meritt

    Daring to dream again

    Hi all, I just found his forum. I thought I had been here before but must have gotten this mixed up with another forum. So I am very happy to have found this one! I truly need the support of my global Church family right now. I am set to enter Postulancy with the Poor Clares next May. I could not be more joyful about that. I have known since I was a young child that I was supposed to be in Religious Life. Still, God had me on quite the journey since then. I thought I could never become a Sister because of the amount of student loans I have so I didn't let myself fully embrace this possibility. But this year, more than ever, I realize I am part of a really big family of children of God. I can no longer think of this as something I have to do on my own. In essence, my vocation belongs to all of us. Not asking for help, shoving this dream away out of fear of loans and fear of family has been wrong thinking. So I am finally answering - despite my fears - I am answering. I found your site because I am struggling with how to proceed and found some others on here who also discussed Laboure Society and Mater Ecclesiae and private fundraising. I wanted to know how those stories turned out and if any of you had some words of wisdom for me. I have a personal fundraising site now but there aren't many places you are allowed to share it online. I am busy preparing to move to the monastery for 3 months for my final Candidacy live in. October through December. I am having to give up so very much but I am so ready to go home to my family... finally. I have known my community for ten years. I am no longer supposed to be looking in from the outside but rather looking out from the inside onto His beautiful people who need prayers. No loss I am facing will compare to the joys of knowing I am finally right where God wants, and has called, me to be. Right after Candidacy I will have to jump right into finding a new job (I had to give up my current one for candidacy), find a place to live, in a state where I have never lived before, and then continue fundraising. It's not going to be an easy road. It hasn't been easy to dare to dream again that this actually could be possible. It's a huge risk. I owe a lot of money but still I know money is not the same thing to God as it is to us. I just need wisdom on how to proceed rightly. I would be most grateful for your prayers and counsel. In our precious Lord Jesus, Meritt
  5. 4 points
    beatitude

    Job interview

    I'm just about to go into a job interview, and I have another one on Monday. My stomach is full of butterflies. Please pray for me. Edited to add: I was offered the position. I will be teaching in a special school for teenagers with trauma-related mental health problems, who are currently too traumatised to cope in a mainstream environment. This is the kind of work I feel strongly drawn to on a religious level, as well as professional. Deo gratias.
  6. 4 points
    Starets

    Feeling unworthy

    congrats on finding a community you feel drawn to. Feeling unworthy is normal. We are all unworthy, as several others have stated on this thread. Pursue it anyway. There are many venal nincompoops in religious life. Trust me. but God calls them too. And if they persevere, they may have indeed had a genuine religious vocation. It is not about being worthy it is about being called.
  7. 4 points
    JHFamily

    A true religious vocation?

    If you are struggling with OCD, that can easily carry over into the spiritual life. It's pretty common. The OCD could be part of your fixation on the Carmelites, not a true vocation. You need a therapist to help you with the OCD and a spiritual director who can help you with your spiritual life and bring some of those anxieties under control as well. He will also help you make a spiritual plan for your life that will help lead you to where God wants you. Many prayers...
  8. 4 points
    BarbaraTherese

    For myself

    I have increasing internal problems - could be nothing really and minor, could be something and more serious. I can't get to see my doctor for another 2 weeks. A prayer would be much appreciated and my prayer for your own intentions. Thanks Pham. Fiat voluntas Dei
  9. 3 points
    Nunsuch

    Brooklyn Carmel Website

    Exactly. There seems to be a presumption on this and other vocation sites that the "feeling" of the potential candidate is all that really matters. Discernment is fundamentally two-sided and mutual, and it is not a one-time thing but an ongoing process. A sister I know who just celebrated her Diamond (60-year) Jubilee said last summer that she prayed every day for fidelity to her vocation.
  10. 3 points
    chrysostom

    Feeling unworthy

    Trust entirely in the merciful goodness of Jesus. “I will not now call you servants . . . but I have called you friends.” Prayers for you, please pray for me too in my vocational journey.
  11. 3 points
    InHisLove

    Feeling unworthy

    Certainly you are not alone. But the Lord is more generous and we are His creatures, meaning, He created us to love Him (some discover later than sooner.. but still He is God of Saints who once were sinners on earth). He died on the cross for all of us to cleanse us from our sins (if there's only one person on earth, He would do the same. No love by any man can surpass how much He love us the way He did. We should see the light in this realization, that God perhaps is nudging you for a more meaningful life with Him (you might discover through discernment). The Scripture said "My grace is sufficient for you for power is make perfect in weakness." Cor. 12:9 Jesus Christ came down from heaven to give Himself for us because no one is worthy. Jesus Christ is the reason for calling. He is not calling because of our worthiness. He calls you for a reason that you might discover later. We should humble ourselves before the Lord and accept His Mercy and Love. We are purified by accepting our weakness and asking God for the grace for Him in us to handle them by learning and living in God's Will. A confessor quoted this from the Holy Bible talking about unworthiness, "No one sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God" Luke 9:62 God's promise is in the future and not in the past. At present, you are discerning. God be praised. Spiritual life is an act of continuous conversion. Be strengthened by the Sacraments to help you strong in your journey. If God is with you, who can be against you. Prayers for your discernment.. Pray for me too...
  12. 3 points
    Ash Wednesday

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    I don't recall the priest's name in a TV interview, but I believe it was EWTN, and he more or less said that he would never despair in the face of darkness, because goodness is truly sustainable and life giving, and evil is self-destructive. I have largely felt betrayed by a lot of people in the Church for some time now for various reasons, but it has never changed my faith and I will die a Catholic. I've seen people on other forums already attacking the Archbishop for making this statement or accusing him of doing this out of some kind of political grudge match within the Vatican, and people wonder why there is ever secrecy. Like I said before about detraction -- it is a mortal sin to reveal something about someone's past and to damage their reputation without grave reason. It is also a mortal sin to lie about someone's reputation. However, revealing the truth is justified if a person finds in their conscience that there is sufficient grave reason for doing so. I am in the process of reading Vigano's statement and then I will go on my rosary walk. This is a different fish of corruption than what went on in my own diocese as far as the number of people involved. But all the same, all rotten fish stink and have to be thrown out!!!
  13. 3 points
    BarbaraTherese

    On wearing the habit

  14. 3 points
    Kateri89

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    This dossier has actually had the exact opposite effect on me that the Grand Jury report has. If the allegations are true, what Viganò has disclosed is awful beyond words. That being said, he named so many names including Pope Francis and exposed the infiltration of Christ’s Church by so many evil men. This is what full transparency looks like and is the first, painful step that is crucial to purging the Church of such grave sinfulness. I can’t help but think of what Alice von Hildebrand said about the church being infiltrated and how the Blessed Mother in Akita warned that cardinals would oppose cardinals and bishops would oppose bishops and too many Catholics would accept compromises in spiritual matters. I’m not usually someone who embraces doomsday prophecies or conspiracy theories but the times we are experiencing right now feel so much darker than anything I’ve lived through. Christ said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church and as Fr. Bill Casey says, it’s because He knew the gates of hell would try. If we truly believe that our Lord is almighty and that the Blessed Mother will crush the head of the serpent, we have no reason to fear. We need to pray, fast, and make sacrifices. I’m sure that this is only the beginning of our trials and sufferings but when the dust settles, by the grace of God, we will have the rebirth of Christ’s Church no matter how small, no matter how poor, no matter how persecuted. It’s almost like purgatory here on Earth. Like gold tested in fire, let us not lose faith in the midst of these dark and turbulent times.
  15. 3 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Saddened - Prayer Forum/Guest Guest

    @dUStWe have a new member, Guest Guest, in the Prayer Forum asking prayers for "901 days without my children". It is very sad to me that if a new member posts requesting prayer that we are unable to indicate that we will pray. He or she must feel overwhelmingly lonely and I think we have added to it when an opportunity could exist to relieve it a little. I know there are forum rules somewhere or other although I can't find them. I think that the rules do state that a member must be a member for so long before props and PM's. I did try to PM Guest Guest to advise of the forum rules but was unable to do so.
  16. 3 points
    dominicansoul

    More Than 300 Predator Priests In Pennsylvania Protected By Catholic Church

    For all those struggling with their Faith...it’s not you that needs to leave.....it’s these cardinals and bishops and perps that need to leave... the Church is not just some institution created by cardinals and bishops and popes...it’s supernatural... The vessel in which the Almighty God feeds his sheep with the very Flesh and Blood of his Son. Let’s not be too hasty with our souls. The rot needs to be cleared from the church, not you. Stay and fight for Her!
  17. 2 points
    little2add

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    lighten up everybody, take a deep breath and thank the good lord for your blessings
  18. 2 points
    Ash Wednesday

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    P.S. Hey Ash, what do YOU think happened? What do you think's going to happen? Me:
  19. 2 points
    Ash Wednesday

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    I've seen two extremes in all this on those internets: 1. "Pope Francis is an evil modernist with malicious intent, Vigano is a living saint" (complete with ridiculous photoshops of the Pope looking angry and surrounded by explosions and flames.) 2. "How dare you criticize Pope Francis! Pope Francis is great and never does anything wrong! Vigano and his followers just have an axe to grind!" (complete with labels being thrown around that it's all those nasty, bitter, hate filled "hard line conservatives" -- reducing concerned people to a mere political group.) As a moderator, I've actually had people report posts for "criticism of the pope." That's not how it works. Canon law allows for the faithful to express their opinions, and at times that will involve criticism or opinions as far as what they think a pope should do. The important thing is to do it with charity ("with reverence towards their pastors") and to not incite hatred. All in all, a healthy and charitable debate about this among the faithful is allowed either way. Some differences in opinion and wiggle room is allowed, but most importantly we must pray for the Holy Father, and Vigano, and each other. Full text of the rights and obligations of the faithful here. THE OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS OF ALL THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL (Cann. 208 - 223)http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/_PU.HTM Personally I've probably agreed with Father Dwight Longenecker's takes the most. More or less tempering his readers to be realistic about what's going to happen, but to not despair and man up. https://dwightlongenecker.com/the-sex-abuse-crisis-get-real/ https://dwightlongenecker.com/discouraged-catholics-man-up/ (I think someone posted at least the second article elsewhere but it's worth being posted again)
  20. 2 points
    Yup, even you can be reconciled, when you are ready.
  21. 2 points
    Tessa

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    One of two Professions taking place this month in St Mary's Abbey in Ireland. http://www.glencairnabbey.org/news/story/solemn-monastic-profession-of-sr-angela-finegan-ocso/
  22. 2 points
    truthfinder

    How Often Should You Go To Confession?

    I think Barb gave you a good answer, but I wanted to add something particularly about what you wrote here. I was in a parish where the priests suggested every two weeks. It was also made very clear to me that you have to do a proper examination of conscience. I went from confessing maybe 3 times a year to every two weeks. It was extremely profitable. Having since left that parish, I have kept it up. Because of the necessity of doing a proper examination of conscience, I have sometimes let it go a couple weeks longer, but never more than 5 weeks in the past 6 years. I also know that it keeps me a little more vigilant, watching out of the things that can lead me to greater sin. Going longer makes me more reliant on myself to avoid sin, and that's a recipe for failure. Sometimes it feels like I'm confessing the same things, but I've been reminded that, thank God, at least I haven't added anything new! I do know some people who go weekly, and some who go once a month. I think you need to find the rhythm that works for you. It's not only when you're 'struggling' - it's squaring yourself up with God on a frequent basis and seeing how your relationship with Him is actually at, and not only when things have gone really wrong. I think having a frequent confessor can be really important in habitual sins, even those which are not mortal. One thing about mortal sin: it will send you to Hell. So, unless you are a scrupulous person, getting it dealt with sooner rather than later is a good thing. (If you were scrupulous, you should confess only on the schedule your confessor approves). But sometimes, the fear can also help, to know how distant we are from God, that it can help prevent sins in the future. So next available regular confession time would be my advice. Because you also are not really gaining many graces when in mortal sin either - our works are empty when our souls are dead.
  23. 2 points
    Seven77

    Francis Must Resign if The Testimony of +Vigano is true!

    Archbishop Vigano sheds some light: "It is known that Sodano tried to cover up the Father Maciel scandal to the end. [...] Was McCarrick’s appointment to Washington and as Cardinal the work of Sodano, when John Paul II was already very ill? We are not given to know. However, it is legitimate to think so, but I do not think he was the only one responsible for this." I have no problem believing people took advantage of the Pope's frail health.
  24. 2 points
    NadaTeTurbe

    A true religious vocation?

    From what you say, you don't seem stable enough to think clearly about your religious vocation. Try to focus in living in chastity and establishing healthy relationships with the people around you, having a regular prayer life (Sunday Mass, some kind of scripture reading/silent prayer every day and maybe journaling to keep tracks of your thoughts ?), get involved in your local parish or a religious movement (like a charity or something like this) if you're not and feel like it, and focus in your CBT/therapy (can you find a support group ?). There's no need to rush right now, you're not in a place to think clearly about this very complex question. My thoughts are with you.
  25. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Aust. Government Crisis

    Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal Party, our Prime Minister is in serious trouble with another potential leadership challenge in the Party. Here in Australia we are never too sure about leadership and the Prime Minister - how long things will be stable. It seems to be the pattern of our politics in recent years. The challenge is coming from a member, Peter Dutton (Liberal far right), Minister for Home Affairs, who has alarming policies on immigration for one. https://www.afr.com/news/politics/peter-dutton-the-former-copper-who-could-become-our-next-prime-minister-20180819-h146te Mr Dutton has resigned his ministerial position and gone to the backbench due to his challenge to Mr Turnbull. At this point, the media seems as much confused as I think the rest of Australia is too. Prayer that God's Will will prevail for Australia really would be much appreciated. Thanks Pham
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