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  1. 3 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Prayers for our Home

    I am writing to ask for your continued prayers for the needs of our home (for the elderly/disabled). We have some difficult situations and your prayers would be appreciated. May God reward you.
  2. 2 points
    Kayte Postle

    Religious Life - funny anecdotes

    Having a sense of humor in religious life always makes me think of Mother Angelica. I saw this particular post on facebook the other day, and it gave me a good laugh.
  3. 2 points
    Indwelling Trinity

    Feeling unworthy

    Not only No one is worthy of the call to intimate union with God.you may have every God gift under the sun and still you would not be worthy. If God has a special predilection for your soul so much so that he calls you to be his very own to live on intimate terms with him within the parameters of religious life; it is a gift from God himself to be used for your own sanctification and the building up of the kingdom of God. But this is true of every vocation blessed by God. We came into this world with nothing and that it he's how we shall leave it. The love and joy with which we make our journey to God using the gifts God has given for the welfare of others and as a gift of love acknowledging him as Supreme Lover and giver, will one day be our joy when we come to life's end. For like Saint Ignatius said in his prayer " Lord you have given all to me, now I return it. What a happy lace to be.! The gift we return to God need not be great He knows we are but children. But the more we practice the proficient we become. See Your weaknesses, acknowledge them ask for help from Jesus, his holy Mother and your guardian angels, if it be sinful confess it. Then move on do not dwell on your shortcomings. This leads to discouragement, lack of trust in God and a door wide open to the attacks of the evil one. Satan is a pro at morphing and trying to ruin every good deed. As for me please pray for me I too must stand strong and it is tough. My Prayers for you. Indwelling trinity
  4. 2 points
    Nunsuch

    2018 - Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Sister Laura Suhr, OSB, made her First Profession today at St. Benedict Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota.
  5. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    July 12 - Feast Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin

    Louis and Zelie Martin were the parents of St Therese of Lisieux. Their feast day is July 12: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/married-saints-of-the-month-blessed-louis-zelie-martin/
  6. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Religious Life - funny anecdotes

    I was writing away in another thread : HERE about some funny experiences of mine being very new in monastic life (I discerned out). It occured to me that we have in Phatmass those who discerned out, those with some experience of religious life, those still on the discernment journey within religious life and of course the professed..........and any I might have overlooked. I thought there must be plenty of very funny anecdotes out there in Phatmass land. Going from a busy modern life into religious life in one its various forms can be a really jarring experience leading to funny situations. Please do share your funny experiences of being very new in active and/or contemplative life......or even funny experiences from those no longer newbies in the life.......
  7. 1 point
    CatherineM

    should i present myself to catholic eucharist?

    If you had first communion as a baptized Catholic, go to confession and ask the priest if you should receive. If you never went through first communion, then you shouldn’t receive.
  8. 1 point
    Luigi

    Is there a community...

    Some monastery or another of Poor Clares. They'd probably be fine with barefoot - LOTS of monasteries grow most of their own vegetables.
  9. 1 point
    Ash Wednesday

    July 12 - Feast Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin

    It's only been recently that I've started learning more about them. I've known plenty about Therese and her "little way" but lately I've just wanted to know as much possible not just about them, but their day to day life, and life in France at the time as well.
  10. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    Religious Life - funny anecdotes

    "I would have her distinguished by Christ-like charity, a limpid simplicity of soul, heroic generosity, selflessness, unfailing loyalty, prudent zeal, gracious courtesy, an adaptable disposition, solid piety, and the saving grace of a sense of humor." Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, founder, on what characterizes a Maryknoll Sister.
  11. 1 point
    gabrielofsorrows

    Religious Life - funny anecdotes

    This is about a talk i had with two priests at separate times. I was never a priest or brother, butSeveral years ago i was contemplating a religious vocation and i spoke with a priest that i knew. I said hmmm, i don't know if im called, but if i am, what if i fall in love.. ( lol) my friend thats a priest said... Oh, i fall in love about 3 or 4 times a week. I was cracking up! Another priest i didnt know as well heard i may be thinking about it, he said remember Bernadette had her eyes on a sweetheart... These priests are down to earth and honest and funny.
  12. 1 point
    Laurie

    Holiness

    It’s just occurred to me to state 2 things. I think some of the discussion here assumes that if someone “is equal to” someone else, that somehow must mean “they are the same.” You can be *not the same* and still *be equal*. E.g., man & woman. Added to that, you can be first, in an order of hierarchy, and still be equal to those who fall lower in the hierarchy than you do. God the Father is FIRST. He is first in the sense that HE IS FATHER. In the hierarchy, He alone is Father, and that IS a hierarchy, over the Son. They are both equally Divine. One did not pre-exist the other. One is not *more God* than the other; and yet, they are also not *the same*. One is Father, one is Son. They have a unique love for each other. And, *I* have a unique love for them. I love one as Father and one as Christ the Son. And the 3rd as Holy Spirit. Do some of us, here on earth, love one Person of the Trinity more than another? Probably. Will we in heaven? No. Which is not to say we will love each of them *the same*. We will love each of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity equally, yet uniquely to who each of them Is.
  13. 1 point
    linate

    Trump's Supreme Court pick: Brett Kavanaugh. Practicing Catholic.

    he said he'd stick with Roe, but i think he may have been only saying that in his capacity as a circuit judge, as his confirmation hearing for that illustrates.... "SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.), with then aide Preet Bharara sitting behind him: “Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination and do you consider yourself to be a judicial nominee … in the mold of Scalia and Thomas?” KAVANAUGH: “Senator, on the question of Roe v. Wade, if confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully. That would be binding precedent of the court. It’s been decided by the Supreme Court. … I’m saying if I were confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, senator, I would follow it. It’s been reaffirmed many times.” SCHUMER: “I understand, but what is your opinion? You’re not on the bench yet. You’ve talked about these issues in the past to other people, I’m sure.” KAVANAUGH: “The Supreme Court has held repeatedly, senator, and I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view on that case.” The one-minute cliphttps://cs.pn/2MXPt5a "
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    Peace

    Trump's Supreme Court pick: Brett Kavanaugh. Practicing Catholic.

    There can be no meaningful legal rights for the unborn as long as Roe stands. The decision assumes that the mother’s privacy right outweighs whatever rights the unborn child may have. Now, if you are talking about a constitutional amendment, I am all for trying that, but getting Roe reversed is more realistic right now and will save lives right now while we attempt to establish a constitutional right to life for unborn children. I am worried that he will be another Kennedy but we shall see. I don’t think we will know because he is unlikely to give his true opinion during the nomination process. He seems to be a bit of a career politician, which worries me.
  15. 1 point
    Peace

    The Wall

    Well one must interpret a law in order to enforce it. When you wrote that did you mean something like "do something other than what you believe the law requires, after you have interpreted it"? I don't think anyone, yourself included, expects or desires the executive branch to strictly execute all of the existing laws. What we expect and desire is for the executive branch to exercise discretion, prudence, and to make reasonable decisions concerning the allocation of the scare resources that are available to enforce laws. For example, in almost every place in the united states jaywalking occurs rampantly. We expect police officers to ignore jaywalking laws, so that they do no spend 90% of their time handing out tickets for relatively harmless offenses, while taking away their time and ability to protect us against serious criminals. Whether it is prudent to strictly enforce a law that requires the separation of families under the present circumstances is also a matter of discretion for the executive branch. You apparently believe that it is prudent to do so, which is fine. But let's not sit here and pretend that what we really want is for the law to be applied strictly and by the books in every situation, under some pretense that the executive branch has the duty to enforce the law but not interpret it. Unless you think that the police should be spending their time handing out 1000 jaywalking tickets every day, and citing us for the other innumerable minor legal violations that we commit daily.
  16. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    Life "Behind Bars"

    I think we should all let those who LIVE the life actually decide how it should be lived. Do we honestly think that the communities who have decided not to have physical boundaries do so mindlessly--or that they are not seriously prayerful and devoted to the way of life to which they are vowed? Can we not accept the idea that there are divers ways of living the religious life?
  17. 1 point
    Lou

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    I talk to the VD of the community I'm entering almost weekly... But I think probably monthly is a good beginning point. It's a two way street though and they can get in touch too. Though some VDs don't want to come across as if they're pressurising the discerner so it's good for you to reach out to let them know that you're still praying about it and still hoping to come to visit and still feeling that attraction. It's also helpful if they know what else you're up in the summer to help them get to know you! So if you're working a bit or going on vacation (!), just tell them, adding on that you'd like to visit in fall if that suits. Equally asking them for book recommendations to learn more about their community or Order is a wise option too Glad your talk with your mom went well. I have a similar situation so I empathise. Keep praying for her, these things are never as bad as they seem at first, God has a hand. All will be well.
  18. 1 point
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hey pham! So small update, I ended telling my mother that I am still discerning. It was a very heavy and long conversation, but it went much better than I expected, not well but better than I hoped for. I am very close with my mother, and it was eating me up to not be sharing this with her. Ultimately though, she is acting out of concern for me and my health, and all she wants is my ultimate happiness. Although she'd much rather see me married, she's being a lot more supportive and understanding of my possible vocation. I thank God for the work He's doing in her, and in me. Quick question, how often do you think I should check in with the community I am discerning with? At the latest I am going to email them in early September to plan a visit for the fall, but should I be updating or touching base with them more frequently? (I think the last time I wrote them was in early June).
  19. 1 point
    sr.christinaosf

    Religious Life - funny anecdotes

    OK - I was going to say - I'm not THAT old
  20. 1 point
    underatree

    Daughters of divine will

    Of course none of it is "scandalous" -- if you haven't lived religious life, it all seems fine, and if you have lived religious life then the obvious implications of that book won't even surprise, let alone scandalize. Hard disagree on the "it's none of our business" -- if you are discerning religious life, these things are important. Every community has problems, just like every family or every company. However, if you're job-hunting, you might want to know which companies in your sector are booming, which are close to bankruptcy, which ones have a reputation for sexual harassment or 80-hour workweeks, which ones have good health plans or retirement benefits.... It's your life, and there are no extra points for making bad decisions. Please please don't join a religious community because you think they need you or you're doing them a favor. Lots of people who are attracted to religious life are the same people who can never say no to anything in the parish, or at work, or in their family or among their friends. Some people who become "mother foundress" are doing it to fulfill their personal psychological or emotional needs, or for other reasons unrelated to a call from the Holy Spirit. A genuine and balanced foundress of a new community will understand your questions and concerns as prudence, not doubt or disagreement or suspicion of wrongdoing. I can understand a community wanting to pretend in a published work that a split among the sisters was a mutually agreeable gift from God -- but if they maintain that front while speaking to a discerner privately and in person, they're not being truthful, with you or with themselves (particularly if the split was as recent as the one in question). Conflicts like this create deep wounds, especially among women who have lived, prayed and worked together for many years. According to Arroyo, the sister who now has taken the name of Gabrielle Marie founded her new community after she was prohibited by the PCPA sisters from returning to the monastery after her required sabbatical. Of course he uses lots of nice words to make it sound all very spiritual, because the idea that he's selling here is that Mother Angelica was responsible for the foundation of many religious congregations (and that this is a good thing). You are not responsible for the vocations crisis in the Church, and you are not responsible for fixing it. You are responsible for your own life and your own decisions. Do not listen to people who want to use you to fix their congregation, or their diocese, or their mistakes. Your discernment is not about them. Remember that God does not need you in order to do anything! He is more than capable. He will give you work; you do not ever have to go looking for the biggest cross you can find.
  21. 1 point
    Ash Wednesday

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement

    Good night, sweet thread.
  22. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    New Book: New forms of religious life

    There is a new book on new forms of religious life, including hermit life, consecrated virgins, and others. Some here may find it of interest: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1717148026/
  23. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Holiness

    “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
  24. 1 point
    Kateri89

    Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate?

    I had visited with the sisters at their convent in Massachusetts about two years ago. The last time I spoke to a sister was late last summer. I found out early this year that they had left the US and weren’t accepting new vocations for 3 years. I emailed a different sister whose contact info was on their website but never heard back. It’s so unclear as to what spurred the investigation to begin with and why it’s still going on four years later with no end in sight. It’s disheartening because I loved this Order and was seriously considering applying with them. God knows what’s best so I’ll trust Him that I wasn’t meant to enter with them, at least at this time. Now I’m looking into the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal and the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. I love the spirituality of the CFR Sisters but I love the liturgy and Marian devotion of the Marian Sisters. God willing, I’ll follow His path for me.
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    Luigi

    Benedictine Priest - Medical Emergency

    From Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas.
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