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    beatitude

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  1. 7 points
    28yrolddiscerner

    For Becoming a Nun

    Hello all, I believe I am called by God to be a contemplative nun, but I am nervous about making a bad impression on Come and Sees! Please pray that the nuns I visit will open their heart to someone a little different. My most important mission is to please God with whatever I do. Your intentions ae in my prayers as well. 28yrolddiscerner
  2. 7 points
    Indwelling Trinity

    Is one rosary a day enough if you’re considering religious life??

    I love you and mi's you ally so much! My coordination is and cognition is getting poorer by the day. T the in information is still there but getting it from my brain to my Hands or mouth can be quite a challenge. Please excuse all my mistakes I in my original post here. My older friend ends here know I have end stage Multiple Sclerosis from my cervical vertibrea 3-5 affecting my ability to think clearly at times. It also text by speech ability to write my sense of touch my vision and my ability to eat or swallow anything solid and keep it down. This in turn causes me to choke on food and water and I have lost almost all my teeth from the acid of constantly vomiting eroding the enamel on my teeth. This doesn't mean that it's all bad if he wants to know why I like it I break and I have good days when I can choke and smile and be the same goofy person I used to be. Everything I am going through right now it's a combination between the Dark Night of the Soul and the Holy Light Of God. I I had a friend when I was in the April days who always used to say to us religious life is Miseria, Misericordia,, and Magnificat !!! Despite my sickness and my sins my Confessor father Fidelis which makes me laugh because that was the first name I was given in Caramel sister was just sister Fidelis which made me cringe unless you're too sick carry out your duties in some mitigated form 'I only relay this cornucopia of information to new members so they do not think I have gone raving head or worse yet gone senile. I love you am and seem to be going into a mild improvement I praise the goodness of God and hope to spend some time with a of you. god bless you as we son enter into that most beautiful mystery às we await the coming of our God!!!
  3. 6 points
    Indwelling Trinity

    Your Opinion-Custody of the Eyes

    In the missionaries of Charity there was great emphasis put on custody of the senses. What evil you do not see cannot come back to your mind at night and tempt you and cause you to sin. Having custody of your thoughts when not occupied by other things not related to your vocation allows you to brood over little irritations by other sisters to the point you are sweating bullets. And if you are in the cloister, these things can become quite distressing. Think of being next to a sister 7-9 times a day who clears her throat about every 30 seconds. For the next 30 years Custody of the tongue. Have you e ever meet someone who always knows t the inside scoop on almost everything? Walking nearest the wall we did not practice but I tried to give others the r right of way as a sign of respect and love. I cannot tell you how many times these little things saved my vocation but they also taught me how to pray a and how to love. Most young people myself included, 30 years ago are drawn e excessively b by the things that shine in religious life. I do not condemn it rather I see it as a visible struggle for the soul to truly become inside what he or she manifests to the world outside. It is fine to do that but keep a balance in what you do. What you want to be in seminal form, you already have God is calling you each has a special vocation whether to the priesthood, religious life, active or contemplative or holy matrimony whatever it is live it now as you can. Pray as you can and not as you can't. What I say to you most emphatically is get your heads out of the small stuff. We may very well be headed for a 1nuclear meltdown, a collapse of our economy and in the media sheer evil. Don't wait u until tomorrow to radiate Jesus start now for the sake of souls and to comfort Jesus bringing his mercy to all you meet. I am praying for you take heart! .I am 30 years a religious and still growing and learning. In my case t the lord forgot to put in a few screws. Indwelling Trinity
  4. 6 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Bit of a Problem

    I asked kindly could my neighbour and I negotiate over a cuppa - twice she has caused problems because she claims that what I thought was my front garden is her property (the three units here, including hers, are on common land). There was no negotiation only hostility. I had to remove plants and also she had cut back a plant at the front ruining it. I have asked our Housing Manager to advise me what is and what is not my front garden. I am rather hoping she will decide in my favour as what I think is my front garden is very small - but if the Housing Manager does not decide in my favour, that I will be most gracious about it. I am hoping too that bringing the Housing Manager in on the situation will not create further problems with her - she has a lovely personality usually. I can have a dark side too when things go amiss.
  5. 6 points
    beatitude

    My next steps

    I had a good long talk with the provincial. She and the other sisters still have some hesitations about whether this is the right place for me, as my particular needs and strengths aren't a natural fit with their apostolate on first sight, but they invited me to do a three-month live-in so that we can discern this together. My work is quite flexible, but I still can't get my employer to give me three months off on the spot, so it will take a bit of time to arrange. Please pray for this.
  6. 5 points
    28yrolddiscerner

    EWTN's Fr. Andrew Apostoli

    Please pray for Fr. Apostoli's health. He needs you now.
  7. 5 points
    beatitude

    Dropping out for Jesus

    The summoning of the first disciples at Galilee is often quoted in relation to vocations...but there is another less-famous text that is just as important. "They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him...And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake....As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed." On one side of Galilee, Christ's instruction was, "Come with me immediately." On the other, the instruction was, "Go home to your friends, and tell them about mercy." So dropping everything and sprinting to a monastery is not necessarily the wisest course. We all have to pray and seek out what God is asking of us personally. Being too impulsive has a parallel temptation: becoming a "professional discerner" or convent shopper, constantly talking and thinking about vocations, spending hours browsing different communities' websites, but always having a reason for why you can't take your first steps along a specific path. It is important to find a balance: courage to move swiftly when the time is right, prudence to judge when that time is here, and trust to carry you through any doubts.
  8. 4 points
    Seven77

    For a special intention regarding healthcare/legal matter

    Please pray for my intention, having to do with the state's allotment of critical home health nursing care that I need. I'm going to talk to my attorney at 6 PM Eastern, pray for clarity, the right decisions to be made, and that future benefits can still be had. Thanks. St. Camillus pray for us.
  9. 4 points
    Francis Clare

    Dropping out for Jesus

    Without sounding harsh, I don't think ANY of us on this Phorum are in any position to give you advice whether to continue with your schooling or drop everything and enter a community. We don't know you, your situation, where you are in your discernment, etc. And I think it's kind of simplistic for anyone to simply quote a Bible verse and basically say "That's what the Bible says, so that's your answer" As a SD, I'd advise you to speak to your spiritual director, the Vocation Directress, and pray......long and hard. Discernment is a process, not an event! Take it slow and heed the advice of those you trust. And to rebut Findvocation. No, schooling CANNOT be done anytime, especially if you are in a graduate degree program. Most have time limits imposed on them. When I did both my master's and doctorate degrees,(as well as my SD study) I had an expectations placed on me by the university. I had X number of years from start to finish for my MAPT and so on. This is an extremely important step you're going to take, so give yourself the time, space, and guidance to make an informed decision. Please don't be pressured by one or more parties. It's ultimately YOUR decision, but make sure it is an INFORMED decision. It just simply cannot be a decision of the heart......that's where we most often get into trouble :))
  10. 3 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    tests

    I have a certificate test and a lot to do before my final.
  11. 3 points
    Maximilianus

    If you had to move

    Florin. I read that it has some pretty impressive cliffs and an ecosystem that harbors extraordinarily large rodents. ...or the Upper Palitinate, Bavaria with Cantabria, Spain as my alternate.
  12. 3 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    Work plus pain

    Something good could happen at work tomorrow. Also health and pain healing.
  13. 3 points
    little2add

    happy turkey eating day

  14. 3 points
    NadaTeTurbe

    A 113-years-old woman, a convert, an older vocation, a daughter of charity : meet France oldest person

    Some fact : She converted when she was 27. She entered religious life when she was 40. She stopped working when she was... 104 ! https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-good-lord-has-guided-me-well-113-year-old-nun-reflects-on-blessings-14217
  15. 3 points
    Sister Leticia

    Dropping out for Jesus

    This isn't about God v world. This is about where God wants someone to be now and in the immediate future. And regardless of how Jesus called his disciples, God doesn't always want people to rush into religious life - evidenced by the many orders which have thorough discernments and pre-entry programmes, and expect people to finish their studies and fulfill commitments before entering. And if a call is strong and truly of God, then it will not be lost. God will make sure of that!
  16. 2 points
    little2add

    Christmas Spirit

    Watching , "It's a Wonderful Life". I remember a time when you could channel surf and see it playing on several channels, at different points in the movie! Best tear-jeaker ever
  17. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    False criticism

    Going through a bit of a difficult time just now. Please pray a prayer that I will be strong enough to meet false criticism with humility and kindness. It may be false criticism, but I am thankful that plenty of areas with me where criticism could be quite justified have been overlooked. And may God's Will always be done. Amen. Thanks heaps
  18. 2 points
    Graciela

    Mess of Discernment

    AmbrosiusMagnus It took me a few minutes to figure what SSA was- I only came up with Social Security Administration. It dawned on me as I read on. Just want to say that you are in my prayers. The "mess" of discernment, as you name it, and related confusion feel unpleasant indeed. It helps me to remind myself, over and over, to "trust in the slow work of God" as Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reminds us. In my own experience, I have seen (only with the grace of handsight) that God used every bit of messiness and seeming misstep to draw me closer to the heart of Christ. I have learned gradually how completely trustworthy God is to guide my life and that my role is to cooperate and not try to "push the river." If these words are helpful, thanks be to God. And of course, having a spiritual director or pastoral counselor who knows you better than we can, might well be a good help for you! Peace and all good to you.
  19. 2 points
    chrysostom

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    A friend of mine made her entrance into a monastic community on Dec 8th. I won't say where, and I doubt there is online info on it, but if you're counting you can add one
  20. 2 points
    DameAgnes

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    2 Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary professed vows on December 8. Nice pics. Passionist nuns had the last of their novices profess vows on December 8. I don't think there are any postulants there, right now, so it's all black veils, now. https://passionistnunsblog.com/2017/12/11/homily-from-sr-maria-faustinas-mass-of-religious-profession/
  21. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Different perspective

    I thought that this video had what sounded like a very young prioress with a new and beautiful perspective on monastic contemplative enclosure:
  22. 2 points
    andibc

    Different perspective

    Our daughter is in this Carmel and will be making her final profession tomorrow. It is a beautiful place, wonderful sisters (the superior is middle age, very saintly) It is one of the foundations from the Carmel of JMJ in Valparaiso and like them, they are overflowing with sisters.
  23. 2 points
    havok579257

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    the priesthood has done more good for the world than any more ever could a billion times over. i also assume correctly that what this character says comes from the writers which means it is a view point they hold. so again, why should i support or better yet, you support a film which insults God's church? its their a valid reason that insulting God's church is ok as long as the movie is good? i would love to hear the rationale for that one. there were less than 1% of priests who did these things. but sure, let's condemn the whole lot of them. who's truth and righteousness? anti catholic's? extreme liberals? protestants? homosexual with their agenda? Catholics who think they know better than 2000 years of history? cause the church is not about truth and righteousness for those agenda's if that's what you mean. although if if your talking about God's truth and righteousness, its been doing that for 2000 years.
  24. 2 points
    Not A Mallard

    Stranger Things

    Now I want some 80s KFC.
  25. 2 points
    TheresaThoma

    Contacting a religious order

    I hope you get a response with this second email. I know how hard it is to wait.
  26. 2 points
    deusluxmea

    Radical Joy: Video about Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

    Thought some of you might enjoy this video. I found it inspiring!
  27. 2 points
    Luigi

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From the Dominican nuns at Queen of Peace monastery in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada: We had the great joy this September of welcoming two new postulants. Marguerite is from Ottawa, Ontario, and has a background in visual arts, while Jessica is from Surrey, British Columbia, and trained in molecular biology and biochemistry. We ask you to hold them and all our candidates and novitiate sisters in your prayers as they lace their (hiking) boots and set out to follow our Lord in Dominican monastic life—for His joy and the salvation of souls! ... on October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, ... Sister Marie Thomas of the Divine Word received the holy habit of St. Dominic. Born in Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia, and raised in Whistler, Sister is so grateful to be able to answer God’s call in her “home and native land” of Canada. Please pray for her perseverance and joy in the Lord! On October 18th, the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, Sr. Elizabeth Marie of the Transfiguration made her Simple Profession of vows in the hands of Sr. Marie Tersidis, our prioress, and received the black veil of a professed nun. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sr. Elizabeth Marie first encountered the Dominican Order in college and later spent time with Dominican Volunteers USA before being drawn to serve God and the world in the “holy preaching” of contemplative life. You can enjoy more photos of the profession on our website. https://www.dominicannunsbc.ca/news/
  28. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Seasonal Struggles…Observing Advent

    a little poem and reflection for this time of year: https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/seasonal-struggles-observing-advent/
  29. 2 points
    Luigi

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From Saint Louis Abbey (Benedictine monks of the English congregation): "Saint Louis Abbey shared Saint Louis Priory School's post. Please pray for Brother Basil Sienkiewicz, O.S.B., who professed his Simple Vows today [12-02-17]. Deo Gratias!" Founded in 1955, this abbey now has 34 monks, I believe, ranging in age from about 93 down to twenty-somethings. On average, one man per year has been entering for the last 20 years or so. It's quite encouraging.
  30. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    Anniversary of a Loved One's Death

    Hello Pham, Please pray for the repose of the soul of my brother John who passed away today many years ago. Doesn't matter how much time has passed, we still need to pray for the repose of his soul. He was a sinner like me. I love him, I miss him, it still hurts, it never ever goes away, period. He was too young to die, but I was too young to appreciate him when he was alive. I wish we would have had a lot more time with him, I think life would have been more wonderful, but I'm not in charge. Thank you and God bless, DS
  31. 2 points
    Francis Clare

    Walking close to the walls

    Why don’t you just ask the community? Since we haven’t had experience with a particular community, it would only be conjecture on our part. Custody of the eyes, walking close to the wall, looking only at the floor, off the cuff remarks about irritation in choir signaling no vocation to RL, etc. Is this what we really should be concerned about? A bit too voyeuristic for me, thank you very much.
  32. 2 points
    missionseeker

    Staph Infection that won't heal

    I've had a small infection on my foot for a while. After a miscarriage at the beginning of October, it turned into a major staph infection. So far we've tried three different kinds of antibiotics, I've had an allergic reaction to one (added it to my list of so far about 9 types) and have another two weeks left of the other. It's been regressing a bit but now doing better. But it's still got a ways to go. It's just been an extremely rough couple months. Would appreciate prayers.
  33. 2 points
    CatherineM

    Mind Blowing

    Stolen from BC Mensa Thoughts: * Do twins ever reali­ze that one of them i­s unplanned? * What if my dog only­ brings back my ball ­because he thinks I l­ike throwing it? * If poison expires, ­is it more poisonous ­or is it no longer po­isonous? * Which letter is sil­ent in the word "Scen­t," the S or the C? * Why is the letter W­, in English, called ­double U? Shouldn't i­t be called double V?­ and why isn't "m" ca­lled "double n" * Maybe oxygen is slo­wly killing you and I­t just takes 75-100 y­ears to fully work. * Every time you clea­n something, you just­ make something else ­dirty - The word "SWIMS" up­side-down is still "SWIMS". - Intentionally losin­g a game of rock, pap­er, scissors is just ­as hard as trying to ­win. - 100 years ago every­one owned a horse and­ only the rich had ca­rs. Today everyone ha­s cars and only the r­ich own horses. - Your future self is­ watching you right n­ow through memories. - The doctors that to­ld Stephen Hawking he­ had two years to liv­e in 1953 are probabl­y dead. - If you replace "W" ­with "T" in "What, Wh­ere and When", you ge­t the answer to each of them. - If you rip a hole i­n a net, there are ac­tually fewer holes in­ it than there were b­efore. - If 2/22/22 falls on­ a Tuesday, we'll jus­t call it "2's Day". ­ (It does fall on a Tu­esday)
  34. 2 points
    Not A Mallard

    Mind Blowing

  35. 2 points
    beatitude

    Dropping out for Jesus

    FindVocation, I don't think anyone was criticising you personally. They just had reservations about the advice you gave. We do have answers in the Bible, you're right - it's just that they're not as straightforward as you're saying. As I pointed out, there is a Biblical example of a man wanting to follow Jesus right then and then, but Jesus telling him no, he needed to go back home and tell people there about mercy. That was this man's vocation, and it was just as important as the fishermen's call to drop everything on the spot and follow Christ. To discern well we need to interpret the Bible. If we could open it and see our every decision written down for us in black and white, you wouldn't even need a spiritual father for guidance. I think the important thing is to be faithful to the present moment. To do what God is asking of you in this moment. To renounce any and all distractions in this moment. I don't think this conflicts with your spiritual father's advice at all. As today's Gospel tells us, someone who is faithful in little things can be trusted in great. One other dangerous temptation is daydreaming about how we'll serve God in the future as a monk or nun and viewing all the time we have until entrance as a complete waste - in short, neglecting the little things in order to fantasise about that one great thing that we're going to do. If we're faithful to small things, they will lead us down the right path, but if we keep frittering away time by daydreaming about what we might do in the future (or even next week!), we may never get anywhere. Of course there are some people who keep putting off religious life even though they have a niggling sense that they might be called, inventing fresh excuses for why they can't try it with every week that passes. If someone has been discerning for years and appears to just be treading water and going nowhere, there's obviously an issue. But there's a difference between prevaricating about a religious vocation and thinking prudently about whether the time is right.
  36. 2 points
    TheresaThoma

    Contacting a religious order

    Yay on taking this first step. It can be scary to do so! From my own experience two weeks was about average before I got a response. Also be on the lookout for them to respond with a different email address than the generic one listed. I had this happen once but it was pretty easy to figure out who the email belonged to. Another community I wrote a letter to but had included my email address at the end of the letter. I had been waiting for a letter but they emailed me instead. I was quite surprised! With the communities that I discerned with I learned they each had their own rhythm/schedule of when they would reply. It just took time to figure it out and of course it changed as I progressed through my discernment. My initial emails were a couple sentence bio about myself (age, where I live, what I do etc) and would ask a couple of questions. For the initial response I would typically get some basic information about the community and typically the VD would have a few questions for me. If you haven't heard back in over three weeks it wouldn't hurt to email again at that point. Emails can get lost or go astray.
  37. 1 point
    Vive Jesu

    Online discernment

    Of course, I should make clear that I consider the 'religious vocation' option to be a wonderful gift of God, and I love and rejoice in my own vocation. And, yes, I came to it without the assistance of any programme. But then, I grew up in an age when church, home and school were a unity and regular practice was the norm among Catholics. I went to a convent school and there were religious on both sides of my family. Today, it is too often assumed that a young person attending Mass regularly in a largely middle-aged or elderly congregation must have a 'vocation', whereas she/he might simply need help and support in understanding and embracing a vocation as a committed layperson. Anyway, I'll leave it here. I just wanted to put that piece of information (about an online programme) out there for anyone to whom it might be useful. And, whoever you are, God bless and guide you!
  38. 1 point
    bardegaulois

    Medjugore pilgrimages

    "Sudden-ish change" seems to describe just about everything this pontificate has done.
  39. 1 point
    havok579257

    Jerusalem as Capitol

    so just ignore this resolution was passed so, so, so many years ago. a promise that has not been kept by America, a promise they made so many years ago. i guess its ok for this country to not keep good on promises to other countries just as long as some liberals complain about it. ignore Bush I, Bush II, Clinton, Obama, Chuck Shumer, so many democrats, so many republicans all agreeing to this and voting for this. ignore all this because we know at the end of the day this is brand new, this is something never been brought up before, this is all about racism and white nationalism and this is all Trumps idea. I mean if we ignore all those things we can make it fit into your narrative that Trump is evil and vile and has never done anything right as president.
  40. 1 point
    CatherineM

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    Ditto
  41. 1 point
    havok579257

    For those who defend Trump

    I find it funny that someone who says they love Trump and pray for him like Jesus loves us would throw I insults at another person in Clinton. I don't think Jesus endorsed name calling. It's always the same with conservatives and liberals. They let their preferred politicians slide by and support them no matter what evils they do and attack the other side on everything no matter any good they do. Not to mention call for their opponents head over the smallest infraction but let their preferred politician slide on any number of evils they commit.
  42. 1 point
    CatherineM

    lost

    I’ve been through a lot too. Injuries, surgeries, deaths, loss, betrayal and injustice. I’ve suffered the loss of five children in four miscarriages. I was stabbed 17 times, thrown down a marble staircase, had my head slammed into the floor repeatedly and then was strangled unconscious. I nearly died. The next day in the hospital my attacker’s father threatened me with a rather large knife to keep silent. The threatened eviseration still causes me flashbacks. The flashbacks got so bad six weeks ago that I was in a really dark place. This video helped me. I hope it helps you.
  43. 1 point
    dUSt

    Problem - Toolbar

    Good to know!
  44. 1 point
    Pax17

    Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    My experiences with anxiety have enabled me to help others when they felt anxious. There is value in that, I think.
  45. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Problem - Toolbar

    It seems to be fixed now and all back to normal. Off topic....... Note for interest. After accessing Phatmass this morning and then closing my computer, when I reconnected no way would ie connect me to Google.com.au. I happened to see a post in trying to research the problem that disconnecting the Google toolbar fixed the problem. I tried that and sure enough I was able to access Google again. Seems that the Google toolbar can possibly be problematic.
  46. 1 point
    28yrolddiscerner

    Dropping out for Jesus

    Dear BarbaraTherse-No, I have emailed and called two priests on campus but gotten no response yet. I'll send out another email tonight. I'm moving forward in prayer though. Thank you! Luigi-I think that is smart. I'm going to at least finish this school year & continue visiting. Thank you! Sr. Leticia- Honestly, I'm just getting to know this community, but I have been discerning religious life for 5 years in general & I know I have a calling. I'm just finishing the first semester of 2 years of study, including summers & I'm very stressed out by the amount of work. Yes, it is important to remember that it is a two-sided relationship. Thank you! Sorry I didn't get to everyone. Great feedback! Thank you all very much!!!
  47. 1 point
    cappie

    CHRIST THE KING

    Here we are, at Christ the King Sunday, the feast day that dates to 1925. It came at a time in the world where God seemed to be losing ground. The First World War had been fought, and the powers of nationalism and secularism were rising. Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King to lend courage to Christians whose faith might be flagging, to remind nations that the Church has a right to freedom and immunity from the state, and in hopes that leaders and nations would be bound to give respect to Christ. This is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time—the end of the time in our lectionary of exploring what it means to be a disciple. It is about discipleship and, so it is about us. This understanding about the Christian life reflects one of the mottos of the Jesuits. They are to be contemplatives in action. In other words, to be grounded and centred in our faith in Jesus, so that we would know where God was calling us to action in the world around us. If we are all contemplatives that don’t do anything with the experience of God’s power that we have, then what’s the point? If all we do is reach out to others, but don’t go back to the wellspring of God’s living water and drink deeply, then we’ve missed our call and can become empty shells. We must have both. Our Gospel of Matthew story of the sheep and the goats asks us a searching question that can be difficult to bear: are we admirers of Jesus or are we followers? The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard describes the difference like this: “The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe. Though in words, phrases, songs, he is inexhaustible about how highly he prizes Christ, he renounces nothing, gives up nothing, will not reconstruct his life, will not be what he admires, and will not let his life express what it is he supposedly admires.” Becoming a disciple of Jesus is no easy task. Many throughout the ages have admired Jesus, but far fewer have chosen the sacrifice of following. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say of her work with the destitute: “In Holy Communion we have Christ under the appearance of bread. In our work we find Him under the appearance of flesh and blood. It is the same Christ. ‘I was hungry, I was naked, I was sick, I was homeless.'” St. John Chrysostom, the great patriarch of Eastern Catholicism, said the same thing in the fourth century: “Do you wish to honour the body of Christ? Do not ignore Him when He is naked. Do not pay Him homage in the temple clad in silk only then to neglect Him outside where He suffers cold and nakedness. He who said: ‘This is my body’ is the same One who said: ‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food’, and ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me’ . . . What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices, when He is dying of hunger? Start by satisfying His hunger, and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.” There is a sign in a church that has gone around on Facebook for the past few years and it says, “Sometimes I want to ask God why [God] allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when [God] could do something about it, but I’m afraid [God] might just ask me the same question.” As Christians, we believe that God has full claim on our lives. We are coming into the season of Advent next week and are reminded that God loved us so much that God would become human—become one of us—so that we would fully understand what that claim was and how deep the love goes. How do we translate this love to others? Jesus tells us in our Gospel today that when we feed or welcome or give clothing or visit the sick or those in prison that we are, in turn, feeding, welcoming, clothing, and visiting him. When people respond to human need—or fail to respond—they are responding or failing to respond to Jesus himself. Through our belief in Jesus, we have the power to heal other people’s lives, just by our presence in theirs. We are called to be healers. We receive our strength, not from ourselves, but from God. On this Christ the King Sunday, our scriptures are clear about the “immeasurable greatness of [God’s] power for us who believe.” As we complete another turning of the wheel of liturgical time, may we renew our commitment to be grounded in this power to seek Christ in all persons and love our neighbour as ourselves, even though we may look foolish to the world for loving so lavishly, and we may fail. With God’s help, we can also, thankfully, begin again.
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    little2add

    Mind Blowing

  49. 1 point
    Maximilianus

    It's Saturday!

    2 Saturdays left until the new year. 6 Saturdays left until the other new year
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    Era Might

    Dropping out for Jesus

    Just a historical note, Benedictine monasticism emerged as a way to give the lifestyle more stability and temper some of the zealousness and radicalness of people rushing out to the desert, living in trees, living in caves, etc. If you're joining a religious order, you're kind of committing to a certain stability...it's not designed for rash decision-making. Romantics don't make good monks or husbands lol.
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