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  1. 5 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hello Phatmass pham! It's been awhile since I've posted, but I've still been lurking. I've grown so much in the past year. I've moved to a new town, started a new job, found a new parish, and even found a spiritual director! There's been lots of healing and the Lord has worked just amazing yet simple things in my life. I'm plucking along in discernment and have deep draw and interest in one community, who I get to visit in just two short weeks! I'm very excited and a wee bit nervous, but I know the Lord will be right there alongside me the whole way. One thing I am thinking of is starting a video series about religious life, the discernment process in general, and my own discernment. I do video journals pretty regularly (though not as much as of late) and was wondering if sharing some of my journey would be helpful for others. What type of information would you hypothetically be interested in seeing or think would be helpful? I'm hoping to update this thread as things progress, but I ask that you all keep me in your prayers! Please pray especially for the weather in the next two weeks. I'll be driving to Michigan for the Come and See, and I'm particularly worried about the weather. Thanks pham, know that you all are in my prayers!
  2. 4 points
    Sponsa-Christi

    MALE CONSECRATED VIRGINS

    The short answer is no, men cannot be consecrated virgins. Or, to parse this out a little more, men can be "consecrated virgins" in the sense that they can be virgins and enter into some form of consecrated life, but they cannot be consecrated virgins in the technical sense of being part of the Ordo Virginum. The Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity is restricted to women, as is indicated by the Rite itself. Theologically, consecrated virginity is at its core a call to be a bride of Christ, which is an intrinsically feminine reality. Unlike religious life properly so-called (i.e., life lived according to a rule in community according to the spirituality of a founder) which as a general category is gender-neutral, there has never been a point in the Church's history when the consecration of virgins was an option for men. Because of this, I actually think that consecrated virginity can be thought of as sort of like a parallel to the all-male priesthood. Just as only men can image the masculine Christ through ordination, only women can image the Church as the feminine bride of Christ through the consecration of virgins.
  3. 4 points
    sr.christinaosf

    For our Home

    Would you please keep us in prayer: our facility and all our needs. One special intention right now is for our Mass schedule- that we can find priests to offer Mass here for our residents. Thanks.
  4. 3 points
    Pax17

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    In December, the Poor Clares in Barhamsville, VA, clothed a new novice (scroll down to the end of the 1/15 post): http://quiltsandcanvases.blogspot.com/
  5. 3 points
    A Yearning Heart

    For my other Mum who's dying

    Prayers for my biological Mum please Pham. We've only reconnected about 5 years ago and had a rocky time connecting. Mum was diagnosed with a lung disease around 3 years ago and has suddenly worsened over the last few days to the stage of being put into palliative care today, with possibly not long to live. Prayers for a peaceful end in the mercy of God for her journey to eternal life.
  6. 3 points
    Lou

    Impediment to religious life?

    Interesting that you post this as we read the Sunday's reading from St Paul on fornication and our bodies! (UK missal) Community to community- it all varies. I think practising chastity for two/ three years before entering is generally the rule, but I'm not certain of the technicalities in that. However, I do know people who have had massive conversions in their late 20s or 30s that have led them to religious life and they have been previously cohabiting. It's about your conversion and your life as lived on the discernment journey! You can only live out of your own experience. As regards an abusive family... it depends on how much healing you've undergone and whether or not there was psychological abuse or illnesses stemming from that abuse. There is no blanket rule- discernment of the Lord's call always varies from person to person. Also formation is different for everyone so of course you'll have to pass a psychological assessment and speak to the vocations director about it all and about how you've dealt with the abuses. However, if the Lord has made you for religious life, there may be barriers to overcome but, God provides! And He will guide your path and those directing your path. It is sometimes thought that entering religious life is an "escape" from your tenuous family background. But if you've shown that you can life independently and lead a life that it unattached to an abusive home, then it's not an escape.. because you've already 'escaped'! It's not to a convent/monastery that one should be running to if they're trying to 'escape' anyway!
  7. 2 points
    PadrePioOfPietrelcino

    I'm back, phor those who care.

    Well Ladies and Gents, It's been a LONG time since I've been on PM 2014ish I think, so I'm sure there are some new names around. I'll be stopping by more phrequently again hopefully and enjoying the community. For those who do remember me, I'm in my 1st Theology year of the Seminary now and things are going well. -PAX
  8. 2 points
    chrysostom

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    During the lovely week I spent with this community they had a simple profession. While there I realised that all the other peripheral reasons for joining religious life are going to fall away sooner or later...it must be all Christ They invited me to visit again this summer, I think it'll be late August until I can carve out some time again but I said I'd visit. I've already been living their particular spirituality for a long while now - not that I was trying to be a religious before being a religious - but that all the baby steps I've taken in the Catholic faith since my conversion have followed, as it were, their line of thought. It just fits my soul, absolute novice that I am. We'll see what happens!
  9. 2 points
    DameAgnes

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Marbury also had a Solemn profession, Sr. Mary Thomas, on January 3, 2018. http://www.marburydominicannuns.org/solemn-profession-sister-mary-thomas/
  10. 2 points
    AveMariaPurissima

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Sr. Mary Rose of the Pure Heart, O.P. made her First Profession on January 13, 2018 at the Dominican monastery in Marbury, AL: https://www.marburydominicannuns.org/sister-mary-rose-first-profession/
  11. 2 points
    DameAgnes

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    The Byzantine nuns in Ohio are clothing another novice: http://www.christthebridegroom.org/2018/01/sara-lynn-to-be-tonsured-as-rasophore.html
  12. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    A Weekend to Remember…[13] Years Later

    I know discussions come up here, from time to time, about parents and religious life. Today as I mark the 13 year anniversary of my parents taking me to the convent 'for good,' I thought I'd share my dad's reflection which he wrote for our blog: https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/a-weekend-to-remember-eleven-years-later/
  13. 2 points
    little2add

    MLK day

    "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." -- Martin Luther King Jr.
  14. 2 points
    Sister Leticia

    Impediment to religious life?

    Welcome! There are three separate issues here. Firstly, previous sexual experience and/or cohabitation are not barriers to religious life. If a congregation says they are, then would they also say that earning and spending a lot of money is a barrier because the person might struggle with poverty, or being in a senior position at work is a barrier because the person might struggle with obedience? Would they really say that God is unable to enter someone's life and captivate them so much that they are willing to give up things (and people) they previously enjoyed? No, surely not! And if a congregation does say this, then don't spend your time knocking on their door. Secondly, is the issue of coming from an abusive family. As Lou has already said, it really is a question of how [much] the individual was affected; what healing may have happened; how the person's history of abuse affects their ability to form relationships, to trust, to deal with difficulties etc; and the person's capacity for continued growth and healing. Most orders will ask candidates to have a psychological assessment, which will help to flag up potential areas of concern, and where and how support might be needed. And the third issue is where you say "I was told that communities wouldn't want to accept... in case they would be running away from their family". I've never heard that as THE concern about people from abusive backgrounds (especially if the person is an adult and has already been living independently, as you must have been). Concerns are more likely to be about how much a person would be able to live in community, to be loving, able to relate in simplicity and trust, not to be forever fearful of authority figures and so on. So who told you this? Was it the vocations director of a religious order? Or someone who you think knows about these things, but maybe they don't? Beware of believing people who sound authoritative and as if they're experts when maybe they're not - and beware, therefore, of worrying so much about what they've said that you don't move forward. Blessings on your discernment, and your searching
  15. 1 point
    beatitude

    Teaching

    This semester I am teaching a course for final-year students. It's very last minute, as the professor who normally delivers it has had to take unexpected sick leave. She's very gifted at what she does (she won the excellence in teaching award last year) and a large number of students have signed up for her course. I feel a bit overwhelmed about stepping into her shoes. Please pray for me to do a good job, for the students to learn a lot and to enjoy the course, and for the professor's recovery.
  16. 1 point
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    The Come and See is just one short week away! I’m so excited and joyful. The weather so far is looking good in the forecast. Pray it stays that way. Fun note, I discovered that these sisters are having a week long sacred art retreat in Nov. I, being the giant art nerd/artist I am, have started saving so that I can attend! Even if I’m not called there, a week with art and nuns, you really can’t beat that.
  17. 1 point
    Sister Leticia

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Thank you, Luigi, for starting this year's thread. I wonder if we (Society of the Sacred Heart in England-Wales) have had the first entrance of 2018? Our new candidate, Sharon, started on 3rd January. http://societysacredheart.org.uk/News-Events/ID/257/Welcoming-Sharon
  18. 1 point
    White Knight

    when does the soul enter the body

    Everyone here has said the process of ensoulment begins at conception, logically it makes the most sense, why would there be any delay in the baby receiving a soul? it just opens up too many gaps so say otherwise. 1000% percent sure the baby has a soul right at conception.
  19. 1 point
    Luigi

    Upcoming Come & See Weekends

    Dominican Friars: The Southern Province (St. Martin De Porres) and Central Province (St. Albert the Great) collaborate on Come & See weekends, and on their Studium. The novitiates are separate. The image below gives a number for the Southern Province; anyone interested in the Central Province would call (312) 243-0011
  20. 1 point
    Anastasia (L&T)

    Big day, big week, long week, very tired

    And whatever else I need a little help with, but lefts start with this.
  21. 1 point
    linate

    The last supper

    they call it the judas shuffle. when someone takes communion at church and leaves right away. just like judas did.
  22. 1 point
    TheresaThoma

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    I was reading back through her mom's blog and she mentions in a couple of places that both the twins returned to the monastery. From what I read there I believe they both left in the spring of 2015 and Cheyenne returned in August of 2016 and Phoenix in May of 2017.
  23. 1 point
    Pax17

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    At Mount Saint Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, MA, Sr. Rosemarie made her first vows: https://msmabbey.org/news/sr-rosemarie-makes-first-vows
  24. 1 point
    Jennifer

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    Sister Faustina looks so happy clothed in her new habit , with her twin sister Phoenix and family. Many prayers for them.
  25. 1 point
    TheresaThoma

    A Weekend to Remember…[13] Years Later

    That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!
  26. 1 point
    Kayte Postle

    A Weekend to Remember…[13] Years Later

    Thank you for sharing this article Sister!
  27. 1 point
    beatitude

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Prayers for your Come and See. How exciting. Regarding the vlog, to be honest I'd be more likely to view a video journal from someone who is further on in the discernment process and who has taken some practical steps, such as a postulant or a novice. A one-off video from someone in the initial stages of their search could be helpful too, but a regular series is a bit much. I say this because no matter how good her intentions, a woman who is only considering entrance will not have knowledge of the spirituality and ministry as it's really lived, and my questions would mostly concern those things. Secondly over the years I've seen so many blogs and vlogs from women who have been 'in discernment' for literally years. They talk about this retreat and that Come and See, and how to know whether you're a Carmelite or a Franciscan (again, a topic that would be better addressed by an experienced priest or sister who is living the life), and then the blog ends without them even getting close to entering a community. Personally I find it more helpful to listen to professed sisters or sisters in formation reflecting on their journeys so far.
  28. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    far away
  29. 1 point
    A Yearning Heart

    For my other Mum, who died today

    Please pray for the repose of the soul of my other Mum, who died peacefully this evening. Eternal rest grant unto her O'Lord, and perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
  30. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

    Ban The Person Above You

    Banned for not putting into a coconut a lime
  31. 1 point
    cappie

    SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    The Sundays of Ordinary Time begins this week, Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. In the call of Samuel and the first Apostles, today’s Readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ. Having been baptized by John, Jesus begins to gather followers. We learn in today’s reading how Jesus’ first followers were gathered. The first two, Andrew and another man, were followers of John the Baptist. After hearing John’s testimony, they became followers of Jesus. During their time with Jesus, the details of which are not specified, Andrew and the other follower came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Andrew then brings his brother, Simon, to Jesus. Immediately, Jesus gave Simon a new name, calling him Peter, which means “rock” in Greek. Since you’re all sitting here in church, it’s safe for me to assume that all of you are, to some extent, following Jesus. So, what if Jesus stopped in his tracks this morning, turned around to face you, and asked you point blank, “What are you looking for? I see that you are following me. I know that you’ve been checking me out. Well, what do you want? What are you after? What do you think I can do for you?” What would you say? How would you respond? What do the two men in the story say? Well, they respond to Jesus’ question with a question of their own. Jesus asks them, “What are you looking for?” And they ask him, “Teacher, where are you staying?” It’s a question, but it also gives us some answers. For one, the fact that they call Jesus “teacher” tells us that they believe Jesus may have something to teach them. So, at the very least, they are looking for answers. Furthermore, in asking Jesus where he is staying, they don’t just want to follow him from a distance down the road, or even chat with him in passing on the road. They are hoping, really, for the chance to spend some time with Jesus. They want to see his character, to hear what he has to say. They want to talk through their questions. So, when they ask where Jesus is staying, they’re hoping for an invitation. Jesus doesn’t let them down. He says, simply, “Come and see. You want to know where I’m staying? Come along and see for yourself.” Always with Jesus it’s, “Come and see”. Always with Jesus the invitation is extended, a gracious and wide-open invitation. What’s more, the invitation always comes with a promise. Seek and you will find, Jesus says. Always with Jesus it’s, “Come and see.” While we don’t know exactly how the evening was spent, we do know that for at least one of these men it changed everything. Andrew was one of the two. And John’s account here makes clear that Andrew’s time with Jesus was transformational. So much so that the first chance he gets, Andrew races to tell his brother. “Simon,” he says, “we have found the Messiah! Come and see, Simon! We have found the Christ!” A day earlier Andrew called Jesus “teacher”. But now, having spent time with Jesus, Andrew knows better. Now Jesus is “Messiah.” Having been given the opportunity to come and see himself, the first thing he does is rush to his brother and extend the same opportunity to him. It turns out that Simon, like his brother, is also a willing and eager seeker. Just like his brother before him, Simon goes to see for himself if what he has been told about Jesus is true. When he does, Jesus welcomes Simon, just liked he welcomed his brother before him. We’re told that when Simon came face to face with Jesus, Jesus looked carefully at Simon. The word in the original language here suggests that Jesus gazed intently at Simon. Jesus, in other words, wasn’t simply studying his face; Jesus was studying his heart. And he was not studying Simon’s heart to see what sort of man he was. He was, studying to see what sort of man he could become. Remarkably, Jesus does the same for each of us. If we would seek after him, we will find him. And when we find Christ we also find, ourselves. For in Christ we discover who God made us to be. Only Jesus, in fact, can really tell us our true identity. If we continue to receive the Sacraments, there is hope. And if there is hope, the grace and mercy of God will not let us down
  32. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    Female Active Augustinian Communities

    Hope your head feels better. I get headaches, too--so my sympathy.
  33. 1 point
    Jubilate Deo

    Urgent: for my grandmother, who's in the hospital

    We don't know what's wrong with her right now. Please pray that my grandmother will be all right and my mom (who drove her to the hospital) will be okay as well. She's tired and the roads are icy.
  34. 1 point
    beatitude

    Female Active Augustinian Communities

    In the UK we have an active Augustinian community called the Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus. They're present in a couple of other countries, I believe, but not the US. They are lovely and they might know some congregations closer to you that you could contact. If you're open to looking at cloistered communities as well as apostolic ones, there is a monastery of Augustinian nuns in Illinois. Again, I daresay they might be able to give you the names of some active Augustinian congregations, if nothing else.
  35. 1 point
    :o)Katherine:o)

    Female Active Augustinian Communities

    Thank you @Sister Leticia and @Nunsuch for your suggestions! Yes, I have learned over time that it is harder to find them due to the titles of their communities. Thank you @nikita92 for your private message and information. If anyone else has any feedback or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it!
  36. 1 point
    CatherineM

    Apostate Vatican II Antipopes praise and practice false religions

    I’m worse than that. Pope Francis just named me a Dame Commander in the Order of St. Sylvester. That’s a Papal Knighthood. I’m a sword carrying Ninja in the Pope’s Legion of Doom. I’m legally allowed to ride a horse in St. Peter’s Square. I’m one of the horsemen of the apocalypse to weirdos like you.
  37. 0 points
    Anomaly

    Nikki

    My wife’s best friend is miserable and is dying very slowly. She hasn’t been able to eat or drink anything (not even water) for weeks, and will never be able to. She’s receiving IV feeding. She has dry heaves every couple of hours. Nothing more can be done, but she’s able to walk and talk and is cognizant of everything. It’s a crushingly horrible way to die and is awful for her, her family, husband, and loved ones. It’s long past final laughs and tears and goodbyes. It’s only waiting for cancer to spread enough and overwhelm all the other organs, which can be many more weeks like this.
  38. 0 points
    beatitude

    For a friend who is being abused at home

    I have a 26-year-old friend who lives with her parents because her dad is very controlling. He hates her having a job and doing volunteer work, or any life that doesn't involve him. Today he beat her up (including round the head) because she refused to show him text messages she's received from friends. He is like this with all his children to an extent (recently he screamed at her brother that he hopes he gets killed, all because he happened to have headphones on and didn't respond to a question immediately), but he seems to be much worse with her. She keeps turning down dates that she wants to go on because he doesn't want her ever to get married. I don't know if he envisages her living with him forever and taking care of him, but she's struggling to cope and frightened to leave.
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