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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
    Azriel

    Coming Home

    You left the light on for me, yeah?
  10. 3 points
    Antoniette

    Brooklyn Carmel Website

    This is a great joy. For years since the Council, Brooklyn was a strict anomaly, perhaps even made fun of by other Carmels. There were some negative comments made about them in a NY Times article in the 70's. I am glad that the Website doesn't "dish" or speculate about why they closed. Great credit must be given to Mother Miriam of Buffalo, who took in three nuns, two elderly and one ill. The same for the Dallas Carmel, who took in one of their prioresses, Mother Ange, and the same for Lanherne/St. Helens and Nottinghill Carmel in England (closings and amalgams) where the last sister from the closing still prays for us. While a lot of attention is given to the wonderful success of Valpairiso and its daughter foundations, Brooklyn deserves a serious inquiry from aspirants to Carmel life. I only hope, this wonderful website draws deserved vocations to them! I wish they had maintained that glorious original building, but apartment houses immediately adjacent to the grounds overlooked the walls, compromising enclosure, and the neighborhood had bottomed out. (Things are better now, with the old monastery serving as a senior living facility). God though, didn't want this powerhouse of prayer to disappear. He just moved it a tad north. Really a nice community location, next to the park.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. 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!!!
  15. 3 points
    BarbaraTherese

    On wearing the habit

  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 2 points
    Ash Wednesday

    Coming Home

    The band's getting back together
  19. 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
  20. 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)
  21. 2 points
    CatherineM

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

    My thoughts. We are only as sick as our secrets. It’s good it is coming out. Better late than never. These guys are not prepared by their seminary training to confront the complexity of these kinds of employee issues. I’ve sat in classes with seminarians. We learned no psychology or Human Resources or criminal law in dogmatic theology. Most of them did the best they could with the state of knowledge they were dealing with from experts 50, 40, 20+ years ago. I thank God I’m not routinely held to a present day standard on something I did 30 years ago. People who are leaving because of this stuff—your faith isn’t supposed to be with humans, but with Jesus. When Jesus turns to me and asks if I’m leaving too, I’m going to answer, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”
  22. 2 points
    Ash Wednesday

    How Often Should You Go To Confession?

    I try to go about once a month, though it's been a couple of months or so lately -- as the church I go to confession at is in another town and right now I'm reliant on my husband driving. (behind a screen but it doesn't matter, when you're an American living in England it's easy for my accent to be recognized) I would say people should go as often as it's beneficial for them but everyone's mileage will vary. Generally scrupulous people are best off having a regular confessor and spiritual director who can advise them about their spiritual disposition and how often they should be going. Scupulants often have the problem of "shopping around" and going to different places for confession because they become distressed about things like whether their confession was valid or "good enough" -- having a regular priest or spiritual director helps them to learn trust and to not let themselves be so easily distressed. I never had this problem but I knew of others that did. A number of popes and religious figures like Mother Teresa have gone weekly or even daily as religious practice or especially being a pope I imagine having to make a lot of serious decisions daily and weekly would weigh very heavily on a soul.
  23. 2 points
    28yrolddiscerner

    A place to PRAISE Jesus

    God died for me a TERRIBLE and HUMILIATING death on a cross 2000 years ago so I would KNOW for a fact he loves me!!! Can I get an amen? Do you know God loves you??
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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