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  1. 6 points
    Sister Leticia

    What is freedom?

    I just stumbled across this little treasure on the BBC website - a monk talking about freedom. It's lovely - and challenging, as I know just how unfree and undetached I am and can be. Do watch it!
  2. 4 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    We had no misgivings whatsoever. It had been apparent for a very long time that she was called to religious life. Though she was young, she waited for many years and really prepared herself during that time. I was more concerned that she was really of a Benedictine stripe, but I guess I felt that she knew what was in her heart better than her mother did. In saying all that, though, the community told her to get a spiritual director when she was 16, and I think that really helped her understand why she felt called to Carmel in particular.
  3. 4 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    My daughter entered Carmel at the age of 18 and loves her life. Young vocations are a truly special gift that we have forgotten to treasure.
  4. 3 points
    GraceUk

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    Thank you very much for explaining things. I'm sorry if I rushed to judgement. Here in the UK Go Fund me has had quite a lot of bad publicity from scammers and such and money collected not spent on ehat it was supposed to be spent on. But it certainly sounds as if your friend is genuine. I'm too distrusting of the internet perhaps.
  5. 3 points
    possiblesista

    Talking with Vocations Directors

    Hello everyone, I have been in contact with the Vocation Director for the Sisters of Life. She is really nice, but I am not quite comfortable with her yet and have some questions I am afraid to ask because I think they are dumb questions. Prayers and advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
  6. 3 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Happy June everyone! I'm doing well back on medication and have a new job that has me working from home, which has been really good in terms of my health. I'm still in a bit of a tiff with the Lord (I know He can handle my rants though), mostly because I received a rejection from the community I was discerning with. I'm honestly a little heartbroken over it, and I am increasingly frustrated with each closing door as I discern. I have a lot to think about and pray about. Please continue to pray for me, and I always pray for you all! Pax.
  7. 3 points
    beatitude

    Talking with Vocations Directors

    Have you taken the advice that was given to you in the other thread about contacting the Sisters of Life, especially telling them that you are not yet Catholic?
  8. 3 points
    be_thou_my_vision

    Sisters of the Institute of Christ the King in USA!

    They are opening a new house in America!!! https://m.facebook.com/stmarysoratorywausau/photos/a.1775590849195440/2243162305771623/?type=3&source=48
  9. 2 points
    Martyneeky

    NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

    NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Begins Tuesday; 18th June - 26th June (Feast of our lady of perpetual help: 27th June) DAY ONE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day1.html DAY TWO : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day2.html DAY THREE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day3.html DAY FOUR : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day4.html DAY FIVE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day5.html DAY SIX : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day6.html DAY SEVEN : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day7.html DAY EIGHT : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day8.html DAY NINE : http://maryourhelp.org/novena-to-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-day9.html
  10. 2 points
    cappie

    THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

    Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity—one God in three persons. In today’s Liturgy we’re swept through time from before earth and sky were set in place to the coming of the Spirit upon the new creation, the Church. We begin in the heart of the Trinity, as we listen to the testimony of Wisdom in today’s First Reading. Eternally begotten, the first-born of God, He is poured forth from of old in the love of the Father. Through Him the heavens were established, the foundations of the earth fixed. From before the beginning, He was with the Father as His “Craftsman,” the artisan by which all things were made. And He took special delight, He tells us, in the crowning glory of God’s handiwork—the human race. The Spirit, the Love of God, St Paul says has been poured out into our hearts. The verses of today's Gospel come near the end of Jesus' long discourse at the Last Supper. In this section he focuses more on the shape of the future, which will include Jesus' victory over the world that they will share in. The disciples of Jesus cannot know the future. Jesus says something curious in today’s gospel: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Why do you suppose that Jesus said that? He was speaking to his disciples. Whatever did he mean? We can only speculate – and trust. Trust that his promise to send the Holy Spirit to speak to us for God has been realized. Trust that what we need to know is expressed to us through the generations by the Spirit moving in human community. Trust that God will find a way to bring comfort, guidance, wisdom. That is the essence of Trinity Sunday. We may not know what Jesus left out, but we do have some record of what Jesus had already said. While some people take offense at efforts to examine the Bible for historical evidence, still others use Scripture carelessly and to their own ends. We hear this in the evening news as people claim, “The Bible says…” to support their position on something. The Bible is a story of people and their relationship with God, of the struggle and challenge of living meaningful lives, of goodness manifest in Jesus and the love of God manifested in a new way. And yet Scripture sometimes gets used carelessly. As people of faith, we have a sacred responsibility to tell the truth, to represent the truth, indeed, to recognize the truth in our midst. The Holy Spirit inspired it. And it is still hard to live the revealed truth of God. “Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor.” “Love your enemies.” “Do not worry about tomorrow.” “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” “Be perfect.” As Christians, we are people of the Book, the story of earlier generations carried within the Bible and the traditions of our community. Many of them are great stories. Some are puzzling, troubling, comforting. We won’t know what those stories are, won’t be knowledgeable and articulate in our Christian heritage, unless we read the Bible with understanding. It is an understanding that calls for study, yes – but first calls for prayer. Prayer has the power to soften our hearts to receive God’s truth and to open our ears to hear God’s word. Trinity Sunday celebrates the mystery, the majesty, of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are tied together in today’s words of Jesus. The three divine persons work together for the salvation of all. So too must we work together for the good of all.
  11. 2 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    There are no discernment events closer to home if she feels called to this community. What I don't think most people understand is that for people who attend the Tridentine Rite and wish to join a TLM (Traditional Latin Mass) community, there are not many choices. It is a very hard predicament to find yourself in. Some end up having to choose between the two, and that can be agonizing. As far as I know, there is only one active Traditional community in the whole of the United States, and they are teachers. It's the only choice. This order that she is interested in is opening a foundation in the U.S., but it is not yet able to provide formation. That must happen in Italy. Among those of us that attend the Tridentine Rite, we understand the problems, thus we are willing to help any young person who wants to discern, whether we know them or not. As a matter of fact, I find that most in this set of circumstances need financial assistance. They are young, from large families, and have to travel long distances. I have helped more than one young woman test her vocation, and I do not regret it, even if she returns home.
  12. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Tobacco pipe
  13. 2 points
    JHFamily

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    This girl will have to travel to Italy, not New York. Her expenses are going to be quite high. Also, a young woman may not be in the position to really commit herself to a job if she knows she will be unavailable during this trip and perhaps enter this fall. She also mentions her needs for the postulancy, which she would have to supply. The amount is not ridiculous and certainly short of what she would actually need in total. This is not the same as paying off someone's debts, which I do not support. In saying that, I would, however, suggest to her the possibility of working for a temporary agency. I did that in my younger years when I felt that I couldn't commit to a regular job, and it worked out great.
  14. 2 points
    DameAgnes

    Passionists on Discernment

    Nice bit on discernment. https://www.passionistnuns.org/blog/2013/09/22/7-stages-of-discernment-the-first-stage-z84fj
  15. 2 points
    little2add

    the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Today is the feast day of Our Lady , Mother of Our Church. Mother Mary, pray for our church and protect us. Ave Maria!
  16. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    “You Should be Proud of Yourself!” Sister Elaine was delighted the other day, and made no secret of it! She received a card on the occasion of her 60th jubilee from a relative. She was enthralled… This card, a Hallmark, had …
  17. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Pretty Please
  18. 2 points
    cappie

    PENTECOST

    The season of Easter concludes with today's celebration, the feast of Pentecost. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people in the covenant Law given to Moses on Mt Sinai. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today's first reading. the mysteries prefigured in Jewish feast are now fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets as in the days of Moses but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised. The account in today's Gospel, taken from the Gospel of John, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts to each other. It is enough to know that, after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world. So, in a key passage about the gift of the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel, Jesus breathes on the disciples and says to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). Jesus was making a claim that was a whole lot more astounding, bewildering and even shocking. Most Jews at the time would have said that there is one (and only one) person who can forgive sins and that person is God. When Jesus had the temerity to say that people’s sins were forgiven, the religious authorities of his day accused him of blasphemy. Who but God can forgive sins? So, when Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit upon his disciples and tells them that they have the authority to forgive sins, we are moving into really scandalous territory. The response to Jesus’ claim should not be a polite, “Thank you for teaching us a way we can achieve emotional healing.” Rather, it should be the almost scandalized astonishment we feel at God’s prerogative to forgive being handed over to sinful human beings. Jesus’ breathing forth the Spirit upon his disciples is not a nice object lesson used to illustrate a bit of self-help. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples that transforms them into participants in God’s mission to forgive the sins of the world. And that gives hope to all of us. For we are all called to break down walls in the name of Christ. In our modern struggle in the church to accept all as brothers and sisters as God's beloved children. in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God uses frail, fragile, fallible human beings to forgive sins and to bring about his kingdom of justice and mercy and peace. Pentecost is about Breaking Down the Walls in the Name of Christ. The spirit of Pentecost wants us to... tear down the walls that society has built. Tear down the political, social, economic, religious, racial, ethnic and sexist walls At Jesus’ baptism, the heavens were torn asunder and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled the upper room with the roar of a great wind, landed on the disciples in tongues of fire, and sent them out into the world to proclaim the good news. In John’s Gospel, the risen Lord breathed the Holy Spirit upon his disciples and gave them God’s power to forgive sins. Now God can get at us anytime God wants. For Christ has broken down the walls to include all God's beloved children. All are welcome, all are accepted, all are included.
  19. 2 points
    InCordeRegis

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Vacation Fun
  20. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    A Needed Novena These days between the Ascension and Pentecost are a good reminder to us of something we should be conscious of throughout the year: the importance of frequent prayer to the Holy Spirit. Some peopl…
  21. 2 points
    Sister Leticia

    Talking with Vocations Directors

    Hello Vocations directors are accustomed to all sorts of questions, and assumptions. A good VD won't be shocked or fazed by anything you ask. However, Beatitude has referred to earlier threads, in which you told us that you're still only 16, not a Catholic or from a Catholic family, and won't be able to be received into the Church until you're 18 at the earliest. Presumably you've said this to the Sisters of Life? If so, no need to worry: the VD will know your questions come from someone who is still very young and doesn't come from a Catholic environment - maybe hasn't ever met any sisters? - and isn't in a position to begin discerning yet. If you haven't yet told the sisters, then now is a good opportunity to do so.
  22. 2 points
    Josh

    Another Good Confession Experience

    I went to Confession a few hours ago. I'm doing the first 5 Saturdays devotion. For my penance the priest asked me to say an Our Father and pray for family that had passed on. That they be accepted into Heaven to live with God forever. I go to Confession often and never received this penance before. So I was eating just now and got the phone call that my Grandmother who is 89 passed away. She was a great person and will be missed. This will be added to my experiences that let me know life most likely has a spirt component to it. Sure it could just be a coincidence. I wouldn't argue with anyone about it. Although added to other experiences I know in my mind how I choose to view it.
  23. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    "Nuns and Nones"

    Nuns are such wonderful creatures in the main with so much to offer the whole Church and all vocations and ways of living. Instead of anxieties for what was and longing effort to bring the past back, they accept their "here and now", their "Sacrament of The Present Moment" HERE, with detached serenity and seek out where The Holy Spirit may be leading them with open minds and hearts and a Joyful Peacefulness to follow wherever He may lead. This speaks to the fruitfulness of their way of life, their spirituality.
  24. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Questions answered
  25. 2 points
    Luigi

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    The Order of Preachers in the US ordained 11 priests this year: Province of St. Joseph (east): 6 Province of St. Albert (central): 2 Province of St. Martin (south): 1 Province of the Holy Names: 2
  26. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Social engineering
  27. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/the-joys-of-growing-things/
  28. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    True friend
  29. 2 points
    Pontifite 7 of 10

    Steamed At Captain America

    This ended up working out better than expected. Chris Evans excelled in the roll. I retract my all my doubts from 2010.
  30. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/necessary-to-undergo-many-hardships/
  31. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    One God
  32. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    And also with you, Gary -His Blessings on your journey. The picture you posted looks just like my little Buddie.
  33. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Balboa dance
  34. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Thank you, Gary. And a blessed day to you also.
  35. 1 point
    little2add

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

  36. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) Carmelite, Doctor of the Church Way of Perfection, 17 (©ICS publications) "Lord, what about him?" ... "What concern is it of yours? You follow me."
  37. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    I agree, Gary. To accept lovingly what is since it is God's Will for the now. Although it is only now and then that I just might get there. That is not a failure of Grace always present - rather a very personal failure also most always present. God bless you also wherever you might be in your day. "There are many who want me to tell them of secret ways of becoming perfect and I can only tell them that the sole secret is a hearty love of God, and the only way of attaining that love is by loving. You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of theart." - Francis de Sales Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life; meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God’s goodness, as if you had seen it, and all things, new-created upon your account: and under the sense of so great ablessing, let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a Creator. - William Law
  38. 1 point
    InCordeRegis

    The Last Person To Post In THIS Thread Is The Winner -Revisited

  39. 1 point
    little2add

    God speaks again

    Not so, mysterious ways ... God speaks
  40. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Car pool
  41. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

    Drop a word, keep a word

    in trouble
  42. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    God is no White Night who charges into the world to pluck us like distressed damsels from the jaws of dragons, or diseases. God chooses to become present to and through us. It is up to us to rescue one another. - Nancy Mairs “A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.” ― St. Thérèse de Lisieux “I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors'defects--not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux
  43. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Sunday Prayer Gaelic
  44. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Social worker
  45. 1 point
    cappie

    SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries. The whole of Easter has been about equipping us with powerful faith tools to defeat the forces that would drag us down. There are post-Resurrection stories of a group of defeated fishermen who end up going back to their lives of fishing, only to discover the risen Jesus meeting them for breakfast. There are the travellers walking to Emmaus encountering a stranger who turns out to be Jesus, who breaks bread with them. They discover their hearts gladdened. These are experiences opened to us, too. So, where do these good things come from? You can’t place an Amazon order for them, no, but you can hear them, experience them, and find them in the faith community. The early Christians learned they could face persecution, possible arrest, trial, and even execution because of the power of the resurrection they found in the Easter community. They also learned that what happened to them was of little account, because they placed themselves under the gracious God who delivered them from the pall of darkness in their lives. And we listen as Jesus teaches the disciples about what will happen after he leaves them. God will send an advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will do two things: teach and remind. The Spirit will teach us how God desires and gives us the good things we need, even when we don’t know what they are or how to ask for them. The Spirit will also remind us, especially when things are not going well, what really matters and to whom we belong. The faith community is the place where we are restored, not in just a feel-good way, but in the depths of our hearts. The sign of the cross, the breaking of the bread at communion, the hymns (read the words even if you don’t sing), and the Scriptures are all reminders of how much we are loved and cherished and redeemed. As a wise bishop once said, “Human beings solve problems; God redeems messes.” All of us think we can fix things, but often messes overwhelm us. We are reminded, as the disciples were after the death of Jesus, that God redeems messes – and that includes each of us. Had the first apostles and disciples held onto a narrow vision of Jesus' purpose, had they hoped in restoration rather than new possibilities, likely the church as we understand it today would not have existed. The admittance of Gentiles into the community of Good News radically and forever changed the face of the church. That decision, as Luke presents it, opened the peace of Jesus to all, allowed for a shared vision of the future, and invited the other to love Jesus and demonstrate that love through works of mercy and justice. God has another way that is based on abundance. God gives us what we need, always providing for us those things which cannot be bought or bargained for. They are things that endure, such as hope, faith, love, fellowship, and friends. They are qualities like peace and wisdom and courage. God gives us these gifts through the Spirit, and God also gives the ability to find them in others. The world is full of them, though often they are masked by our focus on the news of anger and darkness. These readings stand as a litmus test of sorts to measure our own faith. We may readily welcome the peace of Jesus, happy to embrace the hope envisioned in Revelation but do we continue to respond with love and action. Do we welcome the other in the spirit of Acts? Are the marginalized offered a seat at our table? Are we, like the Apostles, willing to risk making decisions to include rather than limit? Any less is not worthy of an Easter people. .
  46. 1 point
    InCordeRegis

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Chocolate Donuts
  47. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    MORTAL SIN AND THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION http://www.beginningcatholic.com/sacrament-of-reconciliation "God could with perfect justice allow our past merits to remain forever lost even when he forgives our sins. But in his infinite goodness he does not make us start all over again from scratch." "The sacrament of Reconciliation not only forgives our mortal sins; it also restores to us the merits which we had so willfully cast away.”
  48. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Yeah, I am cruising along again after a bit of a rough patch for a while. I hope you are doing well also. Right now, you are where God needs you to be. In the state of Grace we always are. The only act of disobedience to God's Will is sin and to some degree or other sin separates us from God. Only mortal sin separates us completely from God. The Good Lord and His Will is not like I can be i.e. my way or the highway. God's Will embraces us with a Love and Mercy, a broadness allowing for choice and free will -even our weaknesses and venial failures, that astounds me as, indeed, the Ultimate Mystery that God is always does. There I go, preaching to the converted again, Gary. But I will finish it anyway since the subject has come up. Jean Pierre de Caussade: "The Sacrament of the Present Moment" Available on Amazon for under $10.00: https://www.amazon.com/Sacrament-Present-Moment-Jean-Pierre-Caussade/dp/0060618116
  49. 1 point
    chrysostom

    Urgent intention

    For a serious family situation
  50. 1 point
    nikita92

    Marian Religious Orders

    Wonderful information! Well said!!
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