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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Tobacco pipe
  8. 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.
  9. 1 point
    linate

    phat Catholic rap

    ah... it's phat 'catholic rap'.... not, 'phat catholic' rap
  10. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

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

  11. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Hi Gary - The coconut and the monkey.........and letting go..........reminds me of what I posted a couple of days ago from St John of The Cross with yours in the vernacular. Have a good day ........... God's Blessings on your journey
  12. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Happy face
  13. 1 point
    Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Haahaa that's just to crazy funny....I just had to say that... Two face
  14. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Lose face
  15. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    About time
  16. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) Carmelite, Doctor of the Church Relations, 33 “Three persons, eternal in glory, one God, infinite in majesty”
  17. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    TRINITY SUNDAY Glory be to The Father and to The Son and to The Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever will be. Amen
  18. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    "Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.” St John of the Cross
  19. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    One God
  20. 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.
  21. 1 point
    Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    God's triangle
  22. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Fire triangle
  23. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) Carmelite, Doctor of the Church The Interior Castle, The Third Dwelling Places, Chapter 1 Detachment and Perseverance "We seem to think that everything is done when we willingly take and wear the religious habit and abandon all worldly things and possessions for Him – even though these possessions may amount to no more than the nets St. Peter possessed, for he who gives what he has thinks he gives enough. This renunciation is a good enough preparation if one perseveres in it and doesn’t turn back …There is no doubt that if a person perseveres in this nakedness and detachment from all worldly things he will reach his goal. But this perseverance includes the condition – and note that I am advising you of this – that you consider yourselves useless servants, as St. Paul, or Christ, says; and believe that you have not put our Lord under any obligation to grant you these kinds of favors. Rather, as one who has received more, you are more indebted."
  24. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Disco dance
  25. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

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

    Almost anyway
  26. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

    Drop a word, keep a word

    dance contest
  27. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Balboa dance
  28. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Man (and woman, of course) still retains within himself the need to love a perfect object that will never disappoint him and to be himself loved totally and unconditionally. These needs can be met only in a relationship with God Himself. Otherwise, we go on demanding unattainable absolutes from human beings. - Tom Marshall
  29. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

  30. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Rocky statue
  31. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Tobacco Road
  32. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

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

  33. 1 point
    InCordeRegis

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    GraceUk, I understand your thoughts on this and I know there could be some worries about raising the needed money online, but I also know there are a lot of others, who, like my friend are using Go Fund Me and have raised the money needed and gone to the Convent and with no issues from raising the money they need in this way. She would take more time to earn the money, but circumstances are lining up that this summer is the best time for her to travel there and discern with them... As JHFamily noted, large families do not usually have the resources to help fund such trips and there aren't options closer to home if that is where she feels called, which she does. As well as there not being many active or semi-contemplative orders with the TLM like that here in the US... She also doesn't have much family who can help her with this and most of her friends are in the same boat financially, large family on a single income, and have children going off to discern their vocations as well. She does not have anything against waiting and earning the money herself, but in the situation she is in, she felt this would be the best way to try to raise the money she needs now to be able to go, besides what she is doing herself to earn money towards the trip. There are many others who use Go Fund Me for vocational discernment help as well. It is valid and a helpful means for financial help in our day and age. Hopefully this made things a little clearer and easier to understand the situation she and other young discerners, who are in the same boat financially, are in. I posted this to try and help a friend and am grateful for the kind and helpful explanations given by JHFamily. Thank you!
  34. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Pipe dies
  35. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

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

  36. 1 point
    InCordeRegis

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    Please note, it doesn’t say on her Go Fund Me page that she is unable to get a job,or doesn’t have a job, but rather that she is working to earn the money and having garage sales and fundraising events, but does not have the needed funds for this trip and the basic things she’ll need, plus the trip there when she enters, and the essentials she’ll need to get for the postulancy, etc.…the amount she is asking for on Go Fund Me is much less than what the total cost of all of this will come to, which she would be unable to come up with, without the help of others. Thank you! The things you pointed out were helpful and true. She is asking for help with much less than the amount needed for all that is listed, and the circumstances of traveling so far are different. I appreciate your charitable defense of my friend's request!
  37. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

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

  38. 1 point
    chrysostom

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

    Wow all of you poor people playing the game this long and here I come in and win just like that.
  39. 1 point
    Gary david

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    I just stopped by to wish you a blessed day Barbara.
  40. 1 point
    deusluxmea

    Help for Discerning a Religious Vocation

    Hey, not to be nasty, but is there some reason why she is not able to get a job?
  41. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Help My Unbelief

    Really good news, Peter, and a real relief to me. Keep searching and for as long as you have a need to search. Any questions, let us know and we will do our best. There is nothing morally wrong with confusion and difficulties. God bless and keep you. Please keep us in your prayers as you are in mine.
  42. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

    Drop a word, keep a word

    everyone dies
  43. 1 point
    Not A Mallard

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

  44. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    True love
  45. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    May the God of beginning again be with you. May that God hold you near as you grieve what is past and move with faith into what is to be. May the hand of God carry you across the darkness of loss into light. May your courage and your trust become for those around you a living witness to the mystery of death and rising. May the God of beginning again bless you. - Maxine Shonk, OP. Blessing Upon Blessing: A Book of Blessings.
  46. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    Passionists on Discernment

    Nice bit on discernment. https://www.passionistnuns.org/blog/2013/09/22/7-stages-of-discernment-the-first-stage-z84fj
  47. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Instead of allowing yourself to be so unhappy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow. Seek goodness in others. Love more persons more—love them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without thought of return. The return, never fear, will take care of itself. … Henry Drummond (1851-1897)
  48. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    To change the world I first must begin with changing myself and when I change myself I have changed the world by that much It is a start, a beginning! It is that proverbial pebble in a pool ---o0o--- 10th June is the feast of Mary, Mother of The Church POPE FRANCIS Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith* https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/prayers/documents/papa-francesco_preghiere_20130629_maria-lumen-fidei.html Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise. Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature. Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord! *Prayer to Mary at the conclusion of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei (29 June 2013)
  49. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    Beautiful, thank you @little2add
  50. 1 point
    chrysostom

    Urgent intention

    For a serious family situation
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