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    BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

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    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

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    Not A Mallard

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

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    BarbaraTherese

    Active vs Contemplative

    In the first few posts into this thread, there were a variety of contributors - but no longer. I am hoping that that might mean that interested members are quite happy to read only and arrive at their own conclusions. Prayer for all discerners
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    Laurie

    Active vs Contemplative

    I myself wouldn’t draw conclusions about active religious sisters from living with some of them in a boarding house/communal living type situation. In that scenario, there is no cohesion of the type they have when living in their own communities & sharing a charism, apostolate, and structure with their own sisters. Taking a bunch of active religious and having them live together for the purpose of studies is a very different thing than how their lives would normally be lived out in their communities. I’m going to bet a good number of them were themselves exhausted by the scenario you describe, whether or not they showed it or confided as much to you. In such situations, it can be a great time to grow in holiness because almost nothing about daily life is to your own preference or your own choosing. I lived in a boarding house run by sisters in Rome. They had an apostolate to college women, to provide a home for us. There were about 15 of them and 50 or so of use. As for myself, it was exhausting. The constant need to chit chat, in order to be polite (in Italian, no less) during meals, in the hallways & breakroom, was a real act of love on my part. It was something I had to focus on every day & draw strength from the Eucharist for – to be kind & patient & listen, to be cheerful and interested in the minutiae of conversations, when what I craved was silence and solitude after a long day of classes & hearing lectures. I think there are a lot of women who would have a similar struggle in a similar situation – whether they were consecrated or lay, or consecrated virgins, or active sisters, or a contemplative sister on leave to study & live elsewhere for a period of time. In the collegio where I lived, the sisters themselves had a deep structure. They ran the home in shifts, giving a chunk of them at any given time space for solitude & prayer. They had their own quiet weekends once a month where all except a handful disappeared (no doubt a sacrifice, in that while they were in their segregated quarters, the girls had no obligation to be quiet – and so while the sisters’ “quiet time” exonerated them from speaking & work, due to their very apostolate of providing a home for us, they didn’t have the luxury of pristine silence. That doesn’t mean they didn’t crave it. It’s quite possible some of them did but made a sacrifice of that desire for the sake of caring for us.) I know some mothers of many who innately crave solitude and quiet but it is not, in the years of raising children at least, what the Lord is asking of them. I’ve spent a lot of time with the Missionaries of Charity & know the amount of time they spend serving others can be taxing, despite the chunks of time in their day for silence & prayer. I also know a few Carmelites who get itching with all that solitude and crave a little less of it.
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    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

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    Not A Mallard

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

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    dUSt

    Drop a word, keep a word (GIF edition)

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    Sister Leticia

    Active vs Contemplative

    Sponsa - do you mean you believe apostolic religious don't always "get" the craving for silence, or that they don't "get", ie understand why a CV might crave silence and solitude? My experience of sisters in my congregation is that many of us have that craving, and a compelling desire for prolonged times of prayer, desert days and so on. But we are called to be contemplatives very much in the world and at the heart of the world.
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