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  1. 5 points
    Antigonos

    of celibacy

    I'm not sure the Church is "dying". But it is in the process of change as radical as the Counter Reformation, and I'm not sure anyone, at this time, can see where it will go eventually. This is the fate of all religions, even when they like to believe that they are everlastingly unchangeable. Some -- like the great changes the destruction of the Temple wrought in Judaism, creating the basis of the rabbinic system we know today and dispensing with animal sacrifices -- have weathered the crisis and even flourished. Others, who are less flexible, and more brittle, sometimes don't. IMO, the quality of those entering religious life is more important than the quantity. It is also true that, for women at least, many doors are open in secular life to committed women in occupations that even a century or two ago were entirely closed to them, such as nursing, teaching, social work, etc. There was a time when the very idea of a "professional" woman meant a member of a religious order, regardless of her spiritual state. Fortunately, today a woman entering religious life is primarily doing it as a religious act.
  2. 4 points
    NeuInstalliert

    Poor Clare YouTube channel

    Thank you much for sharing. I adore nuns and love to see any content related to them. The videos are very wholesome to watch.
  3. 4 points
    clareagnes

    Sisters of life

    Possiblesista, have no fear! Jesus is with you. I love the Sisters of Life. They are a vibrant congregation doing amazing things in the world. One of their Sisters, Sr. Elizabeth Ann, based in Washington, D.C., helped bring me to the Catholic Church! She is so wonderful and down to earth, and after having met a few other Sisters I feel very confident they are all very friendly and human. I believe Sr. Bethany Madonna is in charge of vocations. I found a vocational inquiry form you can fill out on their website (maybe you've found it too), which could make things easier for you. http://www.sistersoflife.org/vocations/vocational-inquiry-form Also I encourage you to watch Sr. Faustina Maria Pia's vocational video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn1yFZl1nZs You will never know how the Lord might change your life if you don't have courage to take the first step! Read Luke 11:9 and then go for it! Seriously.
  4. 4 points
    Antigonos

    The Marian Vow

    How did this thread get resurrected, if I may ask?
  5. 3 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hello my pham. Update: I am completely medication free! We were actually able to take me off a little faster than anticipated, so it has been three weeks medication free. I am doing very well. The normal stresses of life come up as usual, but I am dealing with them in normal healthy ways. It's honestly a miracle from the Lord. I am so happy right now. Discernment wise, things are very much at peace. I have my visit with a certain community on April 6th, which I am looking forward to very much. I also signed up for a general Lenten retreat given by my favorite community on March 30th. I am so excited to go to their monastery for a general retreat, and just be among them. (Ironically the theme of the retreat is "Finding your personal vocation"). This is a community I have loved since the very early days of my discernment (way back in 2011). Like I said in my last post, this is another community I never let myself dream that I might ever be healthy enough to discern with. There have been times where I would literally be heartsick at the sight of this community on my FB feed. I vividly remember crying a lot the day I found out I couldn't even visit while on meds. It will still be some time before I can visit this community as the last time I contacted them (many years ago) they said they would like me to be off medication for a considerable amount of time before visiting. I'm perfectly happy and at peace with this. I'm in no rush. I'm just on the verge of tears out of joy that I might have the ability to discern with them eventually. I just wanted to share my good news, and rejoice. I love y'all and constantly pray for you. =)
  6. 3 points
    beatitude

    of celibacy

    It is a very serious thing to get a dispensation from the Vatican, and it takes time. You may be sure neither he nor his wife will have gone through that process lightly. They will also have had support and guidance from the diocese and the religious community in making up their minds. People don't leave just because they're finding it difficult or someone attractive has come along. That happens to pretty much every priest and every religious, sometimes several times, and I expect this couple will have faced obstacles in priesthood/religious life that they did overcome. So there will have been more to their leaving than just waking up one day and deciding they didn't want to do it any more. I remember feeling a bit shaken and disappointed when a very good friend of mine left seminary, two years in. It's not the same as leaving after ordination, of course, but I still felt sad that I would never be able to invite him to celebrate my own profession Mass, and part of me felt irrationally cross - he'd provided such an encouraging witness to me in entering seminary, and now he wasn't there any more. But of course he shouldn't have stayed if his heart wasn't there in all sincerity. I did see that. We do need to recognise that our uncomfortable and disappointed feelings aren't necessarily reasonable in cases like this, and just pray for the people involved to find peace wherever they're called and to lead holy and happy lives.
  7. 3 points
    Swami Mommy

    of celibacy

    I personally would rather change course midstream when I realized I wasn’t living my life authentically and with joy, rather than adhere to vows I made when I was too young to know about myself and my place in the world from a mature, fully adult perspective. I applaud his courage to honor his own deepest needs in the face of judgmental disapproval by those who were not walking in his shoes. I know several ex nuns and priests who are wonderful, happy, spiritual people and much, much happier through their choice they made to leave the religious life. It was just not for them in the end.
  8. 3 points
    AveMariaPurissima

    Poor Clare YouTube channel

    The Poor Clare Colettine nuns of Cleveland, OH recently started a YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCinaKxtrG9uQRRtPO6kp6rA God bless!
  9. 3 points
    Sister Leticia

    Sisters of life

    Hello and welcome I think it's best to start by emailing. Less anxiety about presenting yourself, and about phoning at the wrong moment. You don't need to share the entire contents of your soul in this email, as it's just a preliminary contact - rather like meeting someone for the first time. According to their vocational enquiry form, though, women who come to their Come & See weekends are usually at least 18, and those who enter are mostly 21+ - so you will definitely need to take things slowly. So focus on your life now, on your studies, any activities or hobbies and your relationships - with God, but also with your family and friends. And as you're still only 16 I can well understand why your parents are unsupportive - they'd probably feel the same way if you were talking about getting engaged, however lovely the young man might be! Gary David - when people say they're "discerning with" a congregation this should mean they're in a process with them, committed to discerning whether this is where God is calling them to. The emphasis here is "with", as it's a two-way process, and the discerner has entered into some sort of preliminary relationship with the order via its VD (as opposed to reading about the order, or meeting some sisters at an event or having been to school with them etc) Hope that helps!
  10. 3 points
    cruciatacara

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    @Peace The difference for me here is as @BarbaraTherese said, 'oranges and apples'. while I can have faith in Jesus, I don't particularly have faith in Cardinal Pell. I know him personally and he is not a person I trust, let alone have faith in. And my reason tells me that he is guilty for a variety of reasons, including personal experience. So it is easy for me to accept the jury's verdict. It will be harder for me to accept the decision if the appeal is successful because my reason tells me he is guilty, but I will accept the decision as the law. I may always distrust him around kids and think the verdict wrong if they let him go, but I won't protest it in the streets like a lot of people probably will. I believe in the justice system to do the best it can, but it can err for either side. Just as there are people who have been found guilty of things who have later been found innocent (like Lindy Chamberlain), there are also people who have been found innocent who probably did do the deed (like OJ Simpson). The systems may be flawed (referring to Australia and the US) but it is what our societies have determined are the best systems we have to work with at the present time.
  11. 3 points
    beatitude

    The Marian Vow

    The poster has made duplicate posts on any Phatmass thread referencing Patrizi's order. While I recognise and respect that she's in pain, we're not the right place to handle this, as I have already explained to her in the past. We aren't equipped to help her and the topic isn't relevant in a vocation forum, as that order has been suppressed by the Vatican and no one can enter it anyway. As the user has never participated in the community beyond hit-and-run posts, and she hasn't honoured the request to stop, I have restricted her posts. I'd be grateful if people would report any future posts that mention Patrizi.
  12. 2 points
    Gary david

    How best to deal with the church scandals?

    Hello. I think that how we deal with these scandals vary widly against our lifes experiences and personality's . Either way, dealing with them will be a painful walk to.say the least. I felt that considering the grave implications of whats happenend, that maybe it might be helpful to us to voice our feelings on this as and how best to cope with it. I feel it would be good because peoples feelings might get in the way of handling it best. This scandal is enough for many to possibly drift elsewhere . Many have already. In light of whats happened, amid the lies, secrecy and scandals, there lies the truth which has never changed and never will, and that would be Jesus. The cornerstone of His church, our highest priest. The eucharist is alive and waiting for us. So regardless of what is happening, let us not get so consumed by all of this so as lessen or even lose ones faith and end up taking our eyes off of Jesus. I for myself am concerned, but not blinded to not see waiting for.Him and to trust in Him and not on our feelings. May God bless us all.......
  13. 2 points
    Not A Mallard

    I love Pizza.

  14. 2 points
    Sister Leticia

    of celibacy

    I have read both articles. He says he is proud of himself and proud of those of his companions who left - and proud of those who stayed. I imagine he is proud for different reasons, about different things. And he "calls himself a priest" because he joined the Anglican Church and was ordained a priest in that Church (much as many Anglican priests have become Catholic, and been ordained into the Catholic priesthood) islander - you've clearly been upset and stirred up by reading these interviews - and probably others like them. Too much of this can drag you down - especially if you also read the comments, as they're generally pretty awful. It might be better to focus on reading things which inspire and uplift you, or which stir you up to be passionate about working against poverty, injustice, homelessness etc.
  15. 2 points
    Gary david

    I am the bread of life

    Hi. I thought I might post this to share with you. I will watch this at times so that I may not loose sight of things. With all thats going on in the church and the world this takes me back to what my life and all of ours is really about. I ask God the Father to watch over and bless us all.......
  16. 2 points
    Gary david

    Just so we dont forget her

    I cant believe its been two years.since sr. Angelica has left us. I still miss her. Not to many that could fill her shoes. God bless..... https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/two-years-after-her-death-mother-angelica-remembered-for-faith-determination-85872
  17. 2 points
    Bonkira

    of celibacy

    God called him to something else, and it is unlikely it was without a thought...I imagine quite a bit of thought went into it. Rarely do we have access to all the processes and questions and time someone spends with God discerning the path.
  18. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Sisters of life

    The nuns who taught me were wonderful religious too. I was sure blest in them. The nun who taught me said that Hell will do anything at all to prevent vocations to Holy Orders, religious and consecrated life. One of the things Hell will resort to is to strive to induce fear for any reason Hell can latch on to. I am 73 years of age and not discerning religious life. You are still very young and I agree that your age might be the reason your parents have objections. My advice would be re your parents to not speak about it unless they ask and then be honest with them. Many a vocation has started out at 16 years or even younger. However, nowadays most religious orders would ask that you be much older, but no reason why you could not make contact with the Sisters of Life explaining that you feel called, but realise that you are too young to enter just now - that you would nevertheless like to be in contact and ask any questions etc. you might have. God's richest blessings on you and your discerning journey. May The Lord quieten all and any fears you might have and grant you Peace in your discerning. I do think that reticence and fear re contacting a religious order for discernment purposes just might be fairly common. Rest assured, @possiblesista that I do not think you are alone. When I was discerning religious life when much younger, I was terrified that I was not good enough and would be turned away immediately. (I was not turned away and entered, later I chose to leave). You have something very special and that is an attraction to religious life at a young age.
  19. 2 points
    cappie

    THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    Today's reading is found in the chapters of Luke's Gospel that describe Jesus' journey to Jerusalem. During this journey, Jesus teaches and heals. The context of the passage is this: Word reaches Jesus that Pilate has made a religious sacrifice to the Emperor and as a part of that burnt sacrifice, he slaughtered a gathering of Galilean Jews and placed their remains on the sacrificial pyre. And as if that is not horrifying enough, at the same time that Jesus hears of Pilate’s treachery, news arrives that a tower in Siloam has fallen, crushing eighteen people. The crowd who relayed this news to Jesus was burning with the same question that has echoed for 2,000 years: “Why did this tragedy happen to these people?” Even today, it is difficult to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without encountering vivid and often excruciating details of the latest tragedy that has befallen innocent victims. “Why has this terrible thing happened to such innocent people?” we often ask. And so, things from as simple as a paint scrape on a new car to suffering as profound and heart-wrenching an ominous diagnosis, or even the death of a loved one, can cause us to ask the question, “What did I do to deserve this?” But as the crowd asks Jesus the question of who or what is to blame for these tragedies, Jesus cannot be clearer: Those who died were no better or worse than we are. Rather, Jesus says, we have all made mistakes and lost sight of God’s will for our lives, and we are all sinners. What’s more, although Jesus insists that the relationship between sin and suffering is not causal—that is, God does not cause us to suffer because of our sin, Jesus also reminds us that sin itself can cause us to suffer. There is no question that Pilate’s murderous deeds—as well as the horrific actions perpetrated by today’s extremists and dictators—are sinful. And sin has consequences. Destructive behaviors, violence, the lust for power, and the quest for vengeance and retribution lead to much suffering in the world. The Church is called to speak out in opposition to these forms of suffering, and to do all in its power to combat them. But with all of that said, what sense can be made of the parable of the fig tree? Why does Jesus tell that particular parable, and why does he do it here? We humans hold “fairness” as an important value. Fairness, in a moralistic sense, is often defined as receiving rewards for doing good and receiving punishment for doing evil. This concept of fairness is at play in the parable of the fig tree. The landowner says what most of us have come to believe about fairness: “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” In other words, it hasn’t met its mark or lived up to its potential, and it’s affecting my bottom line, so it has to go. But the gardener proclaims another possibility: “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” This parable is a reminder that God operates, not on our conventional conceptions of fairness and causes and effects; but rather, God operates patience, faithful tending, and hopeful expectation. Rather than certainty; rather than providing a recipe for putting an end to human suffering; rather than offering a panacea that would make the world turn on blissful peace and harmony, Luke 13 offers a word of good hope: God is still tending the garden. God is still working in and through God’s people to bring light and life, love and peace to a broken and sinful world. And in that, there is indeed hope for us all. On Ash Wednesday, St. Paul appealed to us "not to receive the grace of God in vain...Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation." May today be a day we choose one thing - just one thing - that keeps us from bearing fruit. Jesus' parable warns us that the consequences of not doing so will be disastrous. But we can do it, we really can, with God's grace. We just have to make the decision,
  20. 2 points
    Gary david

    a little story? What do you think?

    I enjoyed your story very much and a wonderful ending as well. It is so true to think that you wouldnt be here if someone decided that they didnt want you long before you were born. Makes one wonder just how many cannot share your story because they were never born. The only good I could ever find in this is that they were immediatly brought into the arms of Jesus. I do not understand people, they are capable of such horrendous things and capable of such beautiful things towards each other. We are all sinners, all fallen but also so loved by the Father. We need so much more prayers for each other. Again, a wonderful real life true story. Thank you and may God bless you.......
  21. 2 points
    andibc

    Sisters of life

    I can understand your nerves and will pray for you. The SoL is a lovely order, we know them well. Our daughter contacted them at the start of her sophomore year in college and during the conversation she learned that they begin discerning with girls when they are toward the end of their college years. Most of the girls have graduated from college and have worked for a while before entering. That best prepares them for the life that they will lead as sisters of life. Our daughter ended up entering another active order. There are many discernment retreats around the country. It can be scary to reach out, but remember that they have been in your shoes exactly and understand completely what you’re going through. They have been praying for you and will understand your nerves. By attending, you aren’t committing to that particular religious order. These retreats can be a wonderful experiences. Here’s a link to help you find one in your area https://religiouslife.com/retreats/discernment-retreats/women-s-vocation-retreats
  22. 2 points
    possiblesista

    Sisters of life

    I am only 16,but I have been thinking about religious life for a while. My parents are unsupportive so I am partially afraid about that. I am also really awkward when I am talking to nuns and I don't know what too say. I saw on CMSWR they have an email,so I might use that because I hate the idea of calling them.
  23. 2 points
    clareagnes

    Sisters of life

    One other note: I don't mean to advocate being hasty or impulsive, which my reply may have suggested. Of course you will want to prayerfully discern about contacting the Sisters of Life. Also, it may be good to reflect on why you feel afraid to make an initial contact. Is it that you feel they won't respond positively? That you won't meet their qualifications? You may want to spend time in prayer considering why you are afraid and ask for Jesus' and the Blessed Mother's help. And you might want to consult a priest you trust to talk through your discernment, if you haven't already done so. But even with fear, I would still encourage you to be brave. Remember the disciples Jesus called - they responded immediately, with no hesitation (See for example Mark 1:16-20). The disciples were not prepared or equipped for ministry; they had no particular special educational background or skills, but they did seem to have abundant trust! For myself, I was petrified about contacting the community of Poor Clares I'm discerning with now. I almost couldn't call them and leave a message! Then the Reverend Mother Abbess called me back and I was shaking as I picked up the phone. But as we talked, I felt very calm and at peace, and I am so glad I took the initial step to call the monastery. That was a year ago, and I am hoping to make my first overnight visit at the monastery after Easter. You never know where one little step will lead you! Best wishes, PossibleSista! I will keep you in prayer.
  24. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    One priest and two religious sisters

    I don't think that I have ever seen so many priests and brothers from the same religious order in the one spot (from the link Gary gave)- The above is a lovely image.
  25. 2 points
    Gary david

    Cardinal Pell - The Grounds for His Appeal

    I thank you for taking the time to write this reply. The words of people can be a blessing or a curse depending on what you accept. I accept your words because they are not just yours but of Gods, and are a reminder that we are all Gods children. Just to have you know i will never lose any respect for any priest, clergy or anyone that have given their to live for Jesus. I always have and always will feel a deep joy and appreciation for them having devoted their lives, first for Jesus and for us. And if any of them have any different intentions other than these then God can deal with them. Who am I to judge a soul anyway. In all that has been going on in the church, judgment is a temptation, but will not succumb to it. I will hold my faith and respect for our church regardless of what else may happen becuse through all this clutter I still see Jesus in the tabernacle, the conerstone to everything. That is why we must always trust in Jesus because if we do He will always get us through and also keep our minds thinking as He would have us think. Again I thank you so much for your words. Another day has passed so I ask for Gods blessings upon you. Good nite untill next time.......
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