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  1. 7 points
    beatitude

    My next steps

    Until 2016 I was a candidate with a secular institute, which unfortunately had no members in my country. This made receiving solid consistent formation very difficult, and as the women in the institute seemed uncertain about how best to manage the situation and after several years I was getting no closer to making any kind of vows, I decided that this could not God's will for me and I withdrew. The institute shared the spirituality of Bl. Charles de Foucauld. I had originally discerned with a religious community founded in that tradition, but at the time I felt, along with the provincial, that my disabilities would make their life too difficult for me. However, I remained close friends with these sisters, and recently the provincial told me that if I am willing to try their life they are willing to do their best to accommodate me. She suggested I visit the house where I would be entering if I did become a postulant. I went in July, and I felt very much at home. The next time I see the provincial, I am going to ask to become a postulant. I've already told my parents, and the first thing my mother said was, "I've been half-expecting this." They seem honestly happy about it, and this to me is a very good sign - in the past they've always been a bit nervous when I mentioned religious life, although they always tried to be supportive. The final thing that has pushed me to take this step is a lot of trouble that has arisen in my family over my grandmother's will. I've been pretty shocked by the greed that it's stirred up, and the malice. I kept thinking about the words of Jesus - "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be" - and seriously asking myself where my own heart is. That verse has given me a lot of food for meditation. I thought of Bl. Charles de Foucauld, who wrote, "My Lord Jesus, how quickly will they become poor who, loving you with all their heart, cannot accept to be richer than their Beloved. How quickly they will become poor who accept with faith your words: If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all you own and give it to the poor. Blessed are the poor." I'm a greedy person myself and I can't say that my heart is always in the right place, but I know where I want it to be, and I think its deepest and purest wants will be answered in the community founded in the footsteps of the saint who wrote that. Pray for me, pham.
  2. 7 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Needs of our home

    Would you please pray for our facility for elderly/vulnerable. One special intention is regarding our Mass schedule. Thank you.
  3. 5 points
    DameAgnes

    26 year-old Poor Clare makes solemn profession

    Nice story, nice pics. http://catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Religious_Vocations/Poor_Clare_sister_gives_a__definitive_yes__to_God/
  4. 5 points
    beatitude

    My next steps

    In a way it's surreal. In another way it just feels completely...normal. I've got to know the sisters well and I'm at ease with them. It's been just over ten years since I met them, and I can see that the intervening decade has been good for me: as a twenty-year-old I really couldn't have entered anywhere. I was still figuring out what my capabilities and limitations were. At one point I would have said that I'd wasted a lot of time and looked enviously at those young women who enter straight from college or even school, but now I'm not so fixed on doing everything at 100 miles an hour and I can appreciate that each person's journey is different. This self-acceptance and peace is another sign to me that I'm doing the right thing. Even if I don't persevere in the life, I will have been right to try. I am also remembering my reaction to these nuns when I met them for the first time. In my country they wear all blue, in honour of Mary, but no habit as such - it could just be a blue skirt and a blue shirt that they found in any second-hand shop (they take their poverty very seriously) with their congregational cross. They try to live in the same way as the poor and marginalised, so in Brazil this means a mud hut in an Amazonian village with the indigenous people, and in London it means a cramped apartment in an inner-city high rise. They say that they themselves cannot do much in these places, but they bring the Blessed Sacrament there, and He can do everything. As a nineteen-year-old, I was intrigued by this way of life, but also unimpressed: I wanted a beautiful monastery with ancient stonework and the traditional flowing veil and all the rest of it. I wanted some glamour and mystique. It was almost as if I were picking and choosing 'my' congregation from a conveyer belt of sushi. Now part of me is wondering nervously if I will even be accepted for postulancy - suppose some sisters disagree with the provincial about me? - which is a definite about-face! And this too is another sign that I'm knocking at the right door, because Heaven knows I couldn't have found this unfamiliar humility otherwise.
  5. 5 points
    dominicansoul

    Torn meniscus

    So about 3 weeks ago, I was praying with my Dominican Sisters and I noticed when I got up from kneeling, my knee felt weird. Then a week went by and it felt worse. Then another week...then another week...to the point it became unbearable so I went to my doctor. He thinks I have torn my meniscus. I'm getting an MRI on Thursday. I don't want surgery. Please pray its not torn off or that bad to the point i need surgery. Pray it heals up. *sigh* I just don't want surgery... Thanks for the prayers
  6. 4 points
    zabbazooey

    Possible job promotion

    On Tuesday I hear whether or not I get a promotion. This would mean a lot to my family. Any prayers would be appreciated.
  7. 3 points
    TheresaThoma

    Split-heart vocation

    Hi! Welcome to Phatmass! Looking for a spiritual director can be hard. If your campus has a Catholic center that would be a good place to start. If you regularly attend a parish ask the priest there. This may be a long shot but if there is a religious community nearby you see if they might be able to offer spiritual direction. It is not a deal breaker but it can be helpful if your SD has some understanding of religious life or even better experience in religious life. The two spiritual directors that were able to help me most were a Jesuit priest and a diocesan priest who had seriously discerned with Benedictines. As far as the situation with your brother I agree with Luigi about seeing about getting him into counseling and while you are discerning help him work on his independence. And this may seem harsh but you can't "build" your discernment around him. Trust that part of God's plan for your vocation involves Him taking care of your brother. This may be the push he needs to be more independent and seek the help it sounds like he needs. I obviously don't know the exact situation with your brother but part of his reaction may be the normal fear of "losing" you to the convent compounded with the other issues you mentioned. Some thoughts on how to calm those fears. As things progress share what the visiting/phone/letter writing policies are for the community. That might help him see that you aren't going to just drop off the face of the earth. I did a live-in experience this summer and I was surprised at the level of communication with families. There was a sense that your family was adopted into the general monastic family. I think the families felt that too. One of the biggest things that helped my family was being able to visit the community I am discerning with. I know they felt a bit overwhelmed by the attention the Sisters gave them but they could see I am happy there and really see the Sisters are "normal". As your discernment progresses ask if your brother can come for a short day visit. Even if it is just to pick you up or drop you off and stay for a couple of hours that may really help him. I will be praying for you!
  8. 3 points
    CatherineM

    Stop what you are doing and please pray

    The Devil likes to attack his fiercest enemies.
  9. 3 points
    DameAgnes

    A new "Ave" from the Benedictines of Mary

    Or not "new" but one I'd never heard before. https://aleteia.org/2017/10/18/the-benedictines-of-mary-singing-in-their-natural-habit-at/
  10. 2 points
    Luigi

    Split-heart vocation

    As far as a spiritual director goes, does your campus have a Catholic ministry of some sort? A Newman Center, or something like that? Even if there isn't one, there's probably a parish that serves the college community. The priests there will be familiar with academia. And they may have non-ordained ministers, too - women religious who do spiritual direction or counseling or other sorts of ministries. As to the larger question, it sounds to me like your brother needs to start a program designed to build his independence. Suppose you stay in grad school until he completes his degree (and you, yours). And then you're ready to enter the convent. What will happen to him then? If he's still dependent on you, you won't be able to enter then, either. Most colleges offer psychological counseling services. They may have some limit on the number of times they'll see you - say, half a dozen - before they refer you to a community-based service or a service through your insurance provider. Scout up that office on campus and find out what they have to offer both you and him, especially regarding his depression. They can help him set goals - meet one new person a week, go out with other people at least once a week, set a schedule for paying bills, or whatever. Best of luck with it!
  11. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    Stop what you are doing and please pray

    I wanted to put this in Open Mic instead of the prayer intentions so that more people will read it... Just received word that Tim Staples has had multiple anyeurisms in his heart and brain. Pray for a miraculous healing or that God may have mercy on his soul and prepare his family for Tim's passing. I traveled all the way to Cali one weekend just to hear Tim preach. HE had just come out on the apologist world stage, a vibrant firecracker, filled with the Holy Spirit, very charismatic and I was just out of highschool attending college for the first semester. He was exciting to listen to, and even more exciting to see others accept the Faith through His witness. Please pray for him and his family...
  12. 2 points
    dUSt

    send both conjoined twins to jail for one's crime?

    Just put a bird cage over the guilty twin's head. Problem solved.
  13. 2 points
    Luigi

    Excitement with Wildlife - Santa Rita Trappist

    Who says life in a monastery is boring? "We had a couple of exciting encounters with wildlife towards the end of September! First, a confused deer in the church garth jumped through one of the windows into our cloister hallway. Sisters Esther & Kate heard the crash of breaking glass and found the poor creature in the hallway! They were able to herd the deer up the hall to the phone booth where there is a sliding glass door for it to escape back outdoors. As far as we can tell, the deer was not injured. Sr. Pam cleaned up the broken glass and blocked up the broken window. Two days later, after replacing the window and while carrying her tools back to her office, Sr. Pam encountered a rattlesnake on the sidewalk outside the art building! The snake kindly warned her of its presence by setting off its rattle, so she did not step on it, but jumped back. After alerting Sr. Rita (our second superior, who was in charge while Mother Vicki was away at the General Chapter), she called our Sonoita-Elgin Fire District’s non-emergency number and requested their assistance with rattlesnake removal. A crew of three fire fighters, two men and one woman, came right over. It was the woman fire fighter who very calmly extended a long-handled snake grabbing tool, gently captured the snake, and lifted it into a special snake bucket. One of the men put the lid on the bucket. The snake was taken away to be released back into the wild at a safe distance from buildings and people. Thank you to the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District for helping us out!"
  14. 2 points
    truthfinder

    Cloistered Nuns

    There are definitely some communities - why don't you post in the vocation station. People in there tend to know these things, and there are several past threads on the same question.
  15. 2 points
    Maximilianus

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Those evil torches...
  16. 2 points
    Maximilianus

    My Vocation?

    I have absolutely nothing vocationally constructive to add to this thread, however I must chime in to congratulate you on your fine avatar. Pax Christi.
  17. 1 point
    McM RSCJ

    My next steps

    Dear Beatitude, I was so happy to read this update from you. Over the years that I have checked into this website, your posts have always radiated a beautiful spirit, even when you were in tough situations, as with a particular roommate. . . . Your posts also suggest you already live/work among the marginalized (your work with mentally ill persons) and in a simple way (a year not buying any new possession), so from what you have said about the Order you are asking to enter, I think your lived charism already makes a match with theirs. I just hope that all can indeed find the accommodations (re:disabilities, etc) that makes it possible for you to proceed as a member of this Congregation if you continue to believe this is indeed your path, your calling. God bless.
  18. 1 point
    dUSt

    Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    I made a clicker game. Try it out, and give me feedback? http://phatmass.com/disciple3000/
  19. 1 point
    little2add

    A woman should submit to her husband

    The Bible passage also says submit to their husbands in everything. ... However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. so ...
  20. 1 point
    Wolf

    A woman should submit to her husband

    I'm sorry to hear this, Barbara. I know it can be a real issue for some people, and I do hope you've recovered from the experience now.
  21. 1 point
    CatherineM

    A woman should submit to her husband

    I thought this was something I’d never do. The longer we are married, the more I find myself appreciating the comfort in turning over control at times.
  22. 1 point
    polskieserce

    How Should Severely Disabled People Be Cared for When Their Parents Die?

    This article explains the situation very clearly. Please read it if you want to take part in this thread.... PBS NEWSHOUR: What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age, die? Many of you on Phatmass seem to have an aversion towards wealth redistribution and having the government get involved to help people. Since you don't want to have the government to care for these people, what's your proposal to care for these people once their elderly parents die?
  23. 1 point
    Starets

    Decent Christian Memes

  24. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    FUN: "Sister Boo" on what it's really like to be a nun

    https://aleteia.org/blogs/the-anchoress/want-the-scoop-on-what-its-like-to-be-a-nun-see-sisterboo-on-twitter/
  25. 1 point
    DaveGrey

    Stop what you are doing and please pray

    It's like the devil's thinking, "OK, I can't get this person into actual hell, so let's give him/her hell on Earth!" Prayers for both of these people.
  26. 1 point
    chrysostom

    Stop what you are doing and please pray

    Certainly. Good to hear he's still with us. I read his stuff on catholic dot com's site at the beginning of my conversion process, so I owe him!
  27. 1 point
    linate

    Decent Christian Memes

  28. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    Cloistered Nuns

    Pretty sure "Vocation Station" phorum has covered this extensively.
  29. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    be quiet
  30. 1 point
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    After our annual "Fire Safety In-Service" (not my favorite pastime), I stopped home for a couple of things. While there, I received a phone call that was truly a blessing. I have been facing a couple of challenging situations and this conversation was a cherished opportunity to share and discuss it with a caring confidant. I was so grateful. After hanging up the phone, I walked toward our little convent chapel, meaning to quickly genuflect (as I customarily do) before leaving to return to my workplace. [ 141 more words ]
  31. 1 point
    Norseman82

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    And of course, let's not forget this overreaction that caught an Asian-American in its web: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/business/media/robert-lee-university-virginia-charlottesville.html
  32. 1 point
    Maximilianus

    BDUs: Can Civilians Wear Them?

    It's fine, but I do have a few observations about the practice. Using the trousers is the most practical and accepted, you can wear them an casual attire and for utility purposes and still not look like you are a 10 year old playing Army or going to an airsoft match. You wont wont offend any active duty people or veterans. Using the top alone is a bit odd, it's not quite a shirt and it's not quite a jacket, but I suppose if you are into wearing it you can pull it off. You typically wont offend any active duty or vets, they may look at you weird though. Using the tops and bottoms together is odd, one tends to look like a 10 year old playing Army in his case unless your doing some type of outdoorsy activity or the circumstances call for it like as a costume. If you don this ensemble in public you may attract unwanted attention. Most active duty/vets won't care but you open yourself up to potential confrontation and explaining yourself repeatedly. Stay away from insignia or emblems, and never in any circumstances use any devices or articles of dress/service uniforms.
  33. 1 point
    DaveGrey

    My Vocation?

    It takes a lot of faith and virtue to be a Mets fan... But anyways: Thanks to everyone for your advice. I've been struggling with lots of things besides this in my personal life lately, and it's been hard to sort out everything that's going on. Your insight helped me realize that I need to slow down, and let God take the reigns. Now all I ask is for your prayers again, as I keep fighting through the many problems of youth. Thank you!
  34. 1 point
    chrysostom

    Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Also: " The swarm has generated a gift of 4 additional computational capacity" I got that when the angel formation produced more gifts.
  35. 1 point
    cruciatacara

    Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    @dUSt So I am determined (if not obsessive) so I tried it again (who needs all that time anyway) and the problem I had was getting the 6 octillion militants before decommissioning the cathedrals or the food supply. I think having no game instructions does cause problems - like not knowing there is another realm. I did make it finally to the angelic realm, but as I do have something of a life, I have left it there for now, hopefully will come back to it when I have more time (maybe next weekend). Is there another realm after that? I can't imagine what. Suggestions: a pause button like in Sim City so I can shut down the computer and go do real life sometimes, some hints about how things work, a map of the realms to know what to look forward to etc. I spent six months once working on Brian Bloodaxe. Finally got all the crown jewels and sat on the throne. I thought that would be it - but no - then it told me I had to go look for the Holy Grail. I gave up because I got repetitive strain injury from playing. This type of progressive game is dangerous for me. But fun. Good job.
  36. 1 point
    KnightofChrist

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    *Pops collar* Yep, still handsome. Thanks for the reminder.
  37. 1 point
    Lou

    Carthusian Liturgy

    I can't answer your question, but this episode of The Monastery, where four men go and live in a Benedictine monastery for 40 days, shows some clips of Charterhouse where the novice master explains something of the Carthusian tradition and what they do. (At 15:55 mins into the video). Here's a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jas9TZoFCmo Also watching Into Great Silence, it's on Youtube too I believe, may answer your questions. Pax!
  38. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    when does the soul enter the body

    Recognising that Life Begins at Conception
  39. 1 point
    KnightofChrist

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Fun Latin pro tip: preserve in Latin can be servo or conservo, but conservo is stronger. Preservation is Conservativism. But anyway. The two words pretty much are the same.
  40. 1 point
    chrysostom

    My Vocation?

    I didn't date until after my teens were over. I discerned out of my first relationship...and now I'm figuring out the next steps which involve looking at religious life. Didn't regret any of that. What I do regret is all the time I wasted not praying and getting mired in my own sins. Everyone must make a choice, each day, to love God with all their heart. Whether you marry or do something else, that doesn't change. Go, go to the chapel and sit with Jesus awhile. Make plans to keep doing it, if you are able. Keep Him company. Look for your peace with Him, or else you won't find it with anyone else. Now is the time to get serious. So long as the spirit of prayer is in you, you'll be fine. Wish you the best.
  41. 1 point
    Marsabielle

    My Vocation?

    My sister is your age and making a really beautiful attempt to really live her Catholic faith… She is also very preoccupied with her future vocation – she is pinned on marriage. We pray together about it all the time… You really reminded me a lot of her situation! When I think of her or pray with her about this, I will remember you. Stay strong. Pray. Don't worry!
  42. 1 point
    TheresaThoma

    My Vocation?

    PhuturePriest gave excellent advice! I would like to give a bit of my own. I have been discerning for about 7 years now and at multiple points I wanted to know so badly what God had planned for me and just do it. Something that I am just now realizing is at that point I just wasn't ready for what God is now asking of me. It wasn't that I wasn't listening but it just wasn't time yet. It can be difficult to be in that place of waiting but I have personally found great spiritual fruit in that balance of being at rest but ready to move forward when God calls. Enjoy your friendship with this young lady wherever it goes. There is a beauty in a guy/girl friendship that doesn't lead/involve a romantic relationship. A strong friendship is also the basis for a good romantic relationship too.
  43. 1 point
    Makarioi

    send both conjoined twins to jail for one's crime?

    Welcome DaveGrey....and Let's Go Mets!!!
  44. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    "My little sister joined a convent. Why am I so angry?"

    OK--slightly off topic, but... WHY do people say that some one "joined a convent"? ENTERED a convent, maybe. Or joined an order or community or congregation. But you don't join a BUILDING.... [It's sort of like another pet peeve, when people, including published authors, refer to people in formation as "novitiates," rather than novices.]
  45. 1 point
    havok579257

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    american conservativism ideology is not the same as catholic church ideology.
  46. 0 points
    little2add

    A woman should submit to her husband

    unhappiness happens
  47. 0 points
    elizabeth09

    Stop what you are doing and please pray

    The devil want to follow him then God. Tim Staples was good, then bad, then back to good.
  48. 0 points
    TheresaThoma

    Fires in California near Marian Sisters

    Pray for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa! I have been following this a bit on Facebook. There are a couple of major fires in the Santa Rosa area from what the Sisters have posted they are currently ok though they do have to wear masks due to poor air quality(but with fires that could change quickly!). They are also helping care for other evacuees and praying for all involved. Photos and posts of them here on Facebook I just checked on the fires and they are saying the fire north of Santa Rosa is 50% contained but the ones south/southeast are only 10-15% contained.
  49. 0 points
    Maximilianus

    It's Saturday!

    Primitive firearms season started today but because of an injury I had to opt for playing dUST's clicker game. I may not be able to hunt until St. Hubert's day.
  50. 0 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    Sleep, work, mil, etc

    That stuff.
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