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    dominicansoul

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  1. 5 points
    dominicansoul

    do you wish those who reject papal infallibility would leave the church?

    I would rather they repent and be saved rather than leave the Church
  2. 4 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. 4 points
    PhuturePriest

    My Vocation?

    Oh dear, it's another me. I'm glad you had a really positive experience at the Steubenville conference! Good job on not allowing it to be just a weekend high and really sticking with it so far. As for the question at hand, take this from someone who was very much like you at your age: don't strain to search for the hand of God in every detail. I thought I might be called to marriage for a while because of one girl in particular whom I was very close to. Over a small period, I became certain God was calling us to marry, and I imagined the life we would surely have together. One night, while having a serious conversation on the phone, she said in a meaningful voice "Miles, I love you." I had to sit down -- it was everything I knew God wanted finally happening before my eyes. I asked her, just to be sure, "You mean, in a romantic way?" I'll never forget her answer: "No no no no no no no no, I mean in a totally Platonic way." Before that event by a few months, I visited a seminary. I had desired to be a priest for two years at that point, and I couldn't wait to go. I went and decided definitively that God was most certainly not calling me to be a priest. And now I'm in my second year of seminary. I have all but entirely lost contact with that girl. Not because we don't like each other as people, but just because our lives took us different places and as we matured we became less compatible as friends. Life is weird. As far as being attracted to this girl after not being attracted to her, it might be something, but it might also not be. Attraction is very weird and fickle, especially at your age. The aforementioned girl that I was quite certain God was calling me to marry told me "I don't know why I don't like you in that way, because you're literally everything I want in a guy." If I can give you any practical advice, it's to not look so closely to find God's hand in everything you think might be significant, because often what ends up happening is we just decide something is God's will in order to justify what we want. Looking back on my life, I can see God's hand in many seemingly small things, all of which led me to be where I am now. But the thing about these events is that I could only know what they mean in retrospect, not at the time. I can only think of a handful of events in which I knew for a fact what they meant at the time. When I was "certain" God was not calling me to be a priest, it's because I was crazy over a girl. Same concerning my certainty that God was calling me to marry the other girl. I kept taking my feelings at the time and applying them definitively to God's will, which is exactly what we shouldn't do. So, just relax. Enjoy this friendship with this girl and see where it goes. Don't make any assumptions about what your vocation is or isn't -- just follow along your path one day at a time and be open to whatever God wants. I don't know what your vocation is, but I can say with certainty what God wants of you right now is to relax and just grow in holiness and enjoy your time being 15. Adulthood is long and adolescence far too short -- don't make it shorter by trying to be an adult prematurely.
  4. 4 points
    DaveGrey

    For my vocation, and for all others

    As you will see in my post on Vocation Station, I am trying to discern my vocation right now, and I need all the prayers I can get. I also want to pray for all others who are trying to discern their vocations, their calls from God.
  5. 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/
  6. 3 points
    DameAgnes

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

    Interesting perspective. https://aleteia.org/2017/10/13/my-little-sister-joined-a-convent-so-why-am-i-this-angry/
  7. 3 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
  8. 3 points
    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.
  9. 3 points
    beatitude

    For my family

    My nana died a couple of months ago, appointing my dad (her son) as executor of the will. I'm dismayed by how some of the relatives are behaving. They're fighting among themselves about what they have and haven't been bequeathed, and my dad is so stressed out with trying to resolve the disputes to everyone's satisfaction that he isn't sleeping properly and today he was almost crying. I hate seeing him like this and I'm really aghast by what's happening. It reminds me of vultures. Jesus (as always) was right: the love of money is the root of all evil. Please pray the Hail Mary for peace in our family.
  10. 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!"
  11. 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.
  12. 2 points
    Maximilianus

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Those evil torches...
  13. 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.
  14. 2 points
    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.
  15. 2 points
    Era Might

    St. Vincent de Paul Society

    Anyone know what exactly they do? I saw in the bulletin they're recruiting people after Mass this weekend, just started going to this parish so looking for something to do, but don't know what it actually entails.
  16. 2 points
    havok579257

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    american conservativism ideology is not the same as catholic church ideology.
  17. 2 points
    havok579257

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    The vast majority of people on here acnologe the problems with the left and call them out all the time. How many people on here blast the left for abortion, the transgender bathroom fiasco and the left's abandonment of God. What a lot of us take issue with is this assumption that conservatives are completely right on everything they do. That theis point of view is 100% right. That if they do something wrong conservatives try to justify or downplay their wrong doings. Conservativism is not completely right. Liberalism is not completely right. Catholicism is completely right. Conservativism and catholicism are not the same thing.
  18. 2 points
    Sister Marie

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Actual teachings of the not-conservative, not-liberal Catholic Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/index.cfm http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/index.cfm https://www.sharejourney.org/ Our allegiance should be to the Gospel, not a political party.
  19. 2 points
    Luigi

    The closing of a monastery

    Another Trappist monastery - Our Lady of the Assumption in Ava, MO - is not exactly closing, but it's transitioning. The aging Trappist monks have been hosting cistercian monks from Vietnam for several years. Brother Chronicler reports in the October newsletter: "Fr. Alberic our Superior left in September to attend the Trappist General Chapter at Assisi. Our community's vote to dissolve itself, in order to make room for our Vietnamese brother monks to make a new foundation here in the monastery, was presented for the General Chapter's acceptance. They gave their almost unanimous approval. Now the question will go to Rome for a final decision. The seven or eight Vietnamese monks here have been guests in our Trappist community. After the transfer the four or five American Trappist monks will remain as guests in their Cistercian community. We can say it stays all in the family. ... Peter Vo has been making an observership in our community. He will soon gain American citizenship. Then he will go to the mother house, Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vietnam, to do his novitiate. After that he can return to continue his monastic formation here. Fathers Thaddeus and Basil have applied for Permanent Residence (Green card). Four new Vietnamese monks have been chosen to become the next members in our community once they receive their visas as Religious Workers." In a side note, which I probably ought to post under Monastic Humor... "It is time for our fruit cake fliers to go out by mail to our customers. The inventory has been building up all year. There is an aging period for the flavor to blend and mellow all through a cake. We don't sell one until it has aged at least six weeks. Recently a frozen fruit cake was found in an Antarctic station over one hundred years old—possibly from Robert Scott's expedition. They claim it looked and smelled in good condition. However we limit our period within two years."
  20. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    Cloistered Nuns

    Pretty sure "Vocation Station" phorum has covered this extensively.
  21. 1 point
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    be quiet
  22. 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 ]
  23. 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?
  24. 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
  25. 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!
  26. 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.
  27. 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!
  28. 1 point
    hotpink

    Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    I think it starts VERY slow. You're going to lose a lot of your audience if you don't improve that. After a bit, it starts to make sense, although the prayer portion seems imbalanced-and also it is rather goofy you can have more convents than nuns...maybe add a couple 0's for a polished look? I don't like the word "crusade" It carries negative connotations. Perhaps making the "funds" bigger would help, too. It took me a while to find and I tend to like these games. The fact that materials vary wildly is also confusing. Sometimes they were as low as $10 and as high as $40 in mere seconds. I've had it running for about 6 hours 8.5 million disciples $80k DPH 7K 110 Priests 10 Seminaries 8 Nuns 16 Convents Religious orders lv 4 St. Augustin in Debates
  29. 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.
  30. 1 point
    dUSt

    Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    The goal is to save humanity. "Wasting"? LOL... Dude, you are saving the world (and possibly the universe, if you play long enough). HAHAHA
  31. 1 point
    Seven77

    Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    I've been wasting 40 minutes while playing this game. So far I'm at an average of 72 disciples an hour, donation of five dollars, thousand dollars of funds, 40 priests, 58,000 disciples… 11 nuns, 4 convents
  32. 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!
  33. 1 point
    TheresaThoma

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

    A very interesting perspective. I am discerning with a cloistered community and I have encountered a bit of this same reaction. I have seen many of my friends and extended family members struggle to wrap their minds around the idea of a contemplative vocation. When I had been discerning with an active communities I think they could "justify" why I might be drawn to that but the contemplative vocation is a bit more challenging. It is nice to be able to "hear" the other side and what they may be going through.
  34. 1 point
    Makarioi

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

    Welcome DaveGrey....and Let's Go Mets!!!
  35. 1 point
    Sister Leticia

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

    [Still off topic: not just the American, but the UK secular press might also refer to someone being a novitiate, maybe after they've been a postulate!]
  36. 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.]
  37. 1 point
    DaveGrey

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

    Generally, I think that it probably would be impossible for it to happen without consent from both, because often both twins have divided control of their body, and one can't do anything without the other. As in major actions, anyway.
  38. 1 point
    Seven77

    St. Vincent de Paul Society

    I know that one of the ministries that they have is a food pantry. So, they collect donated food and distribute it to those in need. And obviously, they are inspired by the example of St. Vincent de Paul. Maybe somebody here is a member and would know more?
  39. 1 point
    Nunsuch

    Delayed vocation--previously married woman!

    This story is about a mother and grandmother who entered, left, and re-entered religious life, and is now on her community's leadership team! http://globalsistersreport.org/blog/q/trends/q-sr-suzanne-herder-consecrated-life-after-marriage-and-children-49681
  40. 1 point
    KnightofChrist

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Paragraphs one and two have not been my observation. I just see the same cards played each time someone tries to discuss problems coming from the left. The it's no big deal/you're completely over reacting card. The yeah that's bad but conservatives are equally bad card. Or the we're all upset about this too but let's not talk about it much unlike when conservatives do something stupid card. I can agree with the third paragraph, from a certain point of view. The Church is right but it is Conservativism in it's true or pure sense. She conserves the truth, without change (liberalism) through out time.
  41. 1 point
    Seven77

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    It existed before the Reformation. The Christian dynamic of changing the whole social order has always been there. Look at the early church and how Rome was turned upside down from the inside out. It was through the witness of Christians who were very much not passive spectators of history. But, yeah… We can only bring about Christian order through charitable action. Solidarity. We are all in it together. The early Christians knew that it was not us versus them. It's about bringing redemption, the redemption that Christ won on the cross into the world by our witness and actions.We all need Jesus and the Church. And, mind control… ideology. Pope Francis has denounced ideology in some of the things he said. ideology is dangerous… It doesn't build up. It robs you. Nationalism is an ideology… It is state worship. I think it began as patriotism but it's become devolved into nationalism, with its flag and parchment idolatry. Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.
  42. 1 point
    Pax17

    Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    I have often thought that the bravest people are the most ordinary people, whose struggle is hidden...those who work three jobs to put food on the table, others who make it to work every day despite anxiety/depression/cancer treatment, etc.
  43. 1 point
    dominicansoul

    Knights of Columbus: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    i actually went back and changed it before I saw your post!
  44. 1 point
    Anomaly

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Actually, it’s the knee jerk reactions of defending or attacking the stereotypes that’s annoying and frustrates thoughtful discussion. For example, though he says he’s republican, Trump isn’t in lockstep with Republicans. He isn’t close to being consistently conservative either. And although he is orange, has bad hair, and tweets too much, Trump is not evil incarnate. Just as the Catholic Church isn’t categorically opposed to the Death Penalty, just that it believes it isn’t needed. The same as having a border isn’t and regulating immigration isn’t morally wrong. Banning torches is a silly overreaction, just as getting all worked up about it is silly. Chuckle at it and point out that it’s unreasonable to take offense, else you demonstrate that the expected reaction to every little thing is Def-Con 90+++ You’ve got real issues if everyone is having an issue, or assuming there is an issue or conspiracy, or serious social erosion with every silly fault, rudeness, coarseness, misguided effort, mistake, slight error, etc.
  45. 1 point
    dominicansoul

    Poles surround country's borders with Holy Rosary

    I have always said to my Polish friends "Polaków pępowina jest różaniec święty." ("The umbilical cord of Poles is the Holy Rosary.") http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/poland-prays-hundreds-of-thousands-participate-in-rosary-to-the-borders
  46. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    ___________________ Shalom Place Dominican Sisters of Peace __________________ CHAT Just considering the above quote from St Bernard. For probably a lot of us, certainly for me to date, the fight will consist in striving to avoid sin and resist temptation and our victories might be completely hidden personal type victories as with St Therese of Lisieux. It is never the what we are about, rather it is the why we are about whatever we might be about, no matter how small, no matter how hidden. Divine Providence provides the circumstances and we provide, with His Grace, our responses to the circumstances. Or so it all seems to me being a huge fan of Little St Therese. Today with the walker, my part time carer and I went over to the local shopping centre. I think I am finding getting around with the walker easier on the limbs the more I do it. I am also looking into exercise classes for the mature aged with a disability - the problem again becomes I might need a taxi there and back and the funds are running low. I am now breaking into the budget that offered me a quality of life and not just survival. It is a bit of a concern, but I know I do not walk alone and that many more indeed suffer far more than I ever will.........or probably could. The thing, however, about "not able to" is that it is only when one is faced with unable to in actual life (as against imagining it) is that one finds that one can - and because one is not walking alone whether one realises this or not. Usually after I have been out ye olde limbs play up but tonight I have been spared that because the St Vinnies Minutes really needed to go out urgently - and this was done tonight instead of crashing into an early bed. Since I have pushed past bed time, I am now at 9.30pm wide awake. Deo Gratius Laudate Dominum. Saturday I am going to the Vigil Mass for the first time since I fell and am really looking forward to it - I have really missed celebrating Mass. Since I get around Bethany here with just a walking stick, I am planning to go up to Holy Communion the same way and will only receive the Sacred Host on the tongue. I plan too to get to the next Vinnies Meeting in November with only a walking stick all being well. I am hoping they will still have me despite the fact I cannot go out on visits like all other members, even if I am accepted as a Minute Secretary only on a volunteer basis. Providing I can use my walker, I will be able to participate in donation Badge Days for Vinnies in local shopping centres. These are some things I can still do for Vinnies.........if they will have me. Slowly, I would hope to put a lifestyle in place that will convey a feeling and actuality of usefulness and that takes into account my reduced mobility. It might take time but that is the objective just at this point. It has been a long term goal to wear out rather than rust out and that is still in place long term, whatever 'long term' might lay ahead in my journey and whatever might wear me out in the journeying. If all for some reason fails, it becomes simply a case of "back to the drawing board". Fiat Voluntas Tua - Deo Gratius Laudate Dominum Amen - Let it be
  47. 1 point
    vee

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    Yup
  48. 1 point
    DameAgnes

    "Party Girls" spend two weeks with nuns in UK

    "The “party girls” told newspapers that the two weeks with the Sisters had been life-changing. One enrolled in a healthcare course and another – who used to work as a nightclub dancer ­– had started volunteering with the homeless. One girl told the Times she was “the happiest I have ever been” while staying at the convent." https://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/what-happens-when-party-girls-go-to-live-in-a-convent/
  49. 1 point
    dominicansoul

    And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    I doubt Thoreau would agree on banning torches just cos some bloody liberals are triggered by them.
  50. 1 point
    Seven77

    do you wish those who reject papal infallibility would leave the church?

    Every Catholic is a bad Catholic (I'm not talking the denial of papal infallibility.) We are all bad at living the faith because we're a bunch of miserable sinners. Why do you think the Church doesn't want you? That's kind of sad. You know what it says, inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty? Well, I think those words could be spoken about the Church. I think that part of the problem is that people settle for mediocrity. Some people are not even willing to try to be the best they can be. To at least try to follow Church teaching… To want to. “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” ― G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World
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