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  1. 7 points

    For Becoming a Nun

    Hello all, I believe I am called by God to be a contemplative nun, but I am nervous about making a bad impression on Come and Sees! Please pray that the nuns I visit will open their heart to someone a little different. My most important mission is to please God with whatever I do. Your intentions ae in my prayers as well. 28yrolddiscerner
  2. 7 points
    Indwelling Trinity

    Is one rosary a day enough if you’re considering religious life??

    I love you and mi's you ally so much! My coordination is and cognition is getting poorer by the day. T the in information is still there but getting it from my brain to my Hands or mouth can be quite a challenge. Please excuse all my mistakes I in my original post here. My older friend ends here know I have end stage Multiple Sclerosis from my cervical vertibrea 3-5 affecting my ability to think clearly at times. It also text by speech ability to write my sense of touch my vision and my ability to eat or swallow anything solid and keep it down. This in turn causes me to choke on food and water and I have lost almost all my teeth from the acid of constantly vomiting eroding the enamel on my teeth. This doesn't mean that it's all bad if he wants to know why I like it I break and I have good days when I can choke and smile and be the same goofy person I used to be. Everything I am going through right now it's a combination between the Dark Night of the Soul and the Holy Light Of God. I I had a friend when I was in the April days who always used to say to us religious life is Miseria, Misericordia,, and Magnificat !!! Despite my sickness and my sins my Confessor father Fidelis which makes me laugh because that was the first name I was given in Caramel sister was just sister Fidelis which made me cringe unless you're too sick carry out your duties in some mitigated form 'I only relay this cornucopia of information to new members so they do not think I have gone raving head or worse yet gone senile. I love you am and seem to be going into a mild improvement I praise the goodness of God and hope to spend some time with a of you. god bless you as we son enter into that most beautiful mystery às we await the coming of our God!!!
  3. 6 points
    Indwelling Trinity

    Your Opinion-Custody of the Eyes

    In the missionaries of Charity there was great emphasis put on custody of the senses. What evil you do not see cannot come back to your mind at night and tempt you and cause you to sin. Having custody of your thoughts when not occupied by other things not related to your vocation allows you to brood over little irritations by other sisters to the point you are sweating bullets. And if you are in the cloister, these things can become quite distressing. Think of being next to a sister 7-9 times a day who clears her throat about every 30 seconds. For the next 30 years Custody of the tongue. Have you e ever meet someone who always knows t the inside scoop on almost everything? Walking nearest the wall we did not practice but I tried to give others the r right of way as a sign of respect and love. I cannot tell you how many times these little things saved my vocation but they also taught me how to pray a and how to love. Most young people myself included, 30 years ago are drawn e excessively b by the things that shine in religious life. I do not condemn it rather I see it as a visible struggle for the soul to truly become inside what he or she manifests to the world outside. It is fine to do that but keep a balance in what you do. What you want to be in seminal form, you already have God is calling you each has a special vocation whether to the priesthood, religious life, active or contemplative or holy matrimony whatever it is live it now as you can. Pray as you can and not as you can't. What I say to you most emphatically is get your heads out of the small stuff. We may very well be headed for a 1nuclear meltdown, a collapse of our economy and in the media sheer evil. Don't wait u until tomorrow to radiate Jesus start now for the sake of souls and to comfort Jesus bringing his mercy to all you meet. I am praying for you take heart! .I am 30 years a religious and still growing and learning. In my case t the lord forgot to put in a few screws. Indwelling Trinity
  4. 6 points

    Bit of a Problem

    I asked kindly could my neighbour and I negotiate over a cuppa - twice she has caused problems because she claims that what I thought was my front garden is her property (the three units here, including hers, are on common land). There was no negotiation only hostility. I had to remove plants and also she had cut back a plant at the front ruining it. I have asked our Housing Manager to advise me what is and what is not my front garden. I am rather hoping she will decide in my favour as what I think is my front garden is very small - but if the Housing Manager does not decide in my favour, that I will be most gracious about it. I am hoping too that bringing the Housing Manager in on the situation will not create further problems with her - she has a lovely personality usually. I can have a dark side too when things go amiss.
  5. 6 points

    My next steps

    I had a good long talk with the provincial. She and the other sisters still have some hesitations about whether this is the right place for me, as my particular needs and strengths aren't a natural fit with their apostolate on first sight, but they invited me to do a three-month live-in so that we can discern this together. My work is quite flexible, but I still can't get my employer to give me three months off on the spot, so it will take a bit of time to arrange. Please pray for this.
  6. 5 points

    EWTN's Fr. Andrew Apostoli

    Please pray for Fr. Apostoli's health. He needs you now.
  7. 4 points

    For a special intention regarding healthcare/legal matter

    Please pray for my intention, having to do with the state's allotment of critical home health nursing care that I need. I'm going to talk to my attorney at 6 PM Eastern, pray for clarity, the right decisions to be made, and that future benefits can still be had. Thanks. St. Camillus pray for us.
  8. 3 points

    False criticism

    Going through a bit of a difficult time just now. Please pray a prayer that I will be strong enough to meet false criticism with humility and kindness. It may be false criticism, but I am thankful that plenty of areas with me where criticism could be quite justified have been overlooked. And may God's Will always be done. Amen. Thanks heaps
  9. 3 points
    Anastasia (L&T)


    I have a certificate test and a lot to do before my final.
  10. 3 points

    If you had to move

    Florin. I read that it has some pretty impressive cliffs and an ecosystem that harbors extraordinarily large rodents. ...or the Upper Palitinate, Bavaria with Cantabria, Spain as my alternate.
  11. 3 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    Work plus pain

    Something good could happen at work tomorrow. Also health and pain healing.
  12. 3 points

    happy turkey eating day

  13. 3 points

    A 113-years-old woman, a convert, an older vocation, a daughter of charity : meet France oldest person

    Some fact : She converted when she was 27. She entered religious life when she was 40. She stopped working when she was... 104 ! https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-good-lord-has-guided-me-well-113-year-old-nun-reflects-on-blessings-14217
  14. 3 points

    Dropping out for Jesus

    The summoning of the first disciples at Galilee is often quoted in relation to vocations...but there is another less-famous text that is just as important. "They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him...And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake....As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed." On one side of Galilee, Christ's instruction was, "Come with me immediately." On the other, the instruction was, "Go home to your friends, and tell them about mercy." So dropping everything and sprinting to a monastery is not necessarily the wisest course. We all have to pray and seek out what God is asking of us personally. Being too impulsive has a parallel temptation: becoming a "professional discerner" or convent shopper, constantly talking and thinking about vocations, spending hours browsing different communities' websites, but always having a reason for why you can't take your first steps along a specific path. It is important to find a balance: courage to move swiftly when the time is right, prudence to judge when that time is here, and trust to carry you through any doubts.
  15. 2 points

    Christmas Spirit

    Watching , "It's a Wonderful Life". I remember a time when you could channel surf and see it playing on several channels, at different points in the movie! Best tear-jeaker ever
  16. 2 points

    Mess of Discernment

    AmbrosiusMagnus It took me a few minutes to figure what SSA was- I only came up with Social Security Administration. It dawned on me as I read on. Just want to say that you are in my prayers. The "mess" of discernment, as you name it, and related confusion feel unpleasant indeed. It helps me to remind myself, over and over, to "trust in the slow work of God" as Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reminds us. In my own experience, I have seen (only with the grace of handsight) that God used every bit of messiness and seeming misstep to draw me closer to the heart of Christ. I have learned gradually how completely trustworthy God is to guide my life and that my role is to cooperate and not try to "push the river." If these words are helpful, thanks be to God. And of course, having a spiritual director or pastoral counselor who knows you better than we can, might well be a good help for you! Peace and all good to you.
  17. 2 points

    'Glory of Virginity'?

    I always understood that construction to mean that virginity was itself a glory. Just as you'd say "don't waste the blessing of each day." You don't mean don't waste the blessing within each day. You mean the day is a blessing not to be wasted. Virginity is a glory not to be surrendered willy nilly.
  18. 2 points

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    A friend of mine made her entrance into a monastic community on Dec 8th. I won't say where, and I doubt there is online info on it, but if you're counting you can add one
  19. 2 points

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    2 Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary professed vows on December 8. Nice pics. Passionist nuns had the last of their novices profess vows on December 8. I don't think there are any postulants there, right now, so it's all black veils, now. https://passionistnunsblog.com/2017/12/11/homily-from-sr-maria-faustinas-mass-of-religious-profession/
  20. 2 points

    Different perspective

    I thought that this video had what sounded like a very young prioress with a new and beautiful perspective on monastic contemplative enclosure:
  21. 2 points

    Different perspective

    Our daughter is in this Carmel and will be making her final profession tomorrow. It is a beautiful place, wonderful sisters (the superior is middle age, very saintly) It is one of the foundations from the Carmel of JMJ in Valparaiso and like them, they are overflowing with sisters.
  22. 2 points

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    the priesthood has done more good for the world than any more ever could a billion times over. i also assume correctly that what this character says comes from the writers which means it is a view point they hold. so again, why should i support or better yet, you support a film which insults God's church? its their a valid reason that insulting God's church is ok as long as the movie is good? i would love to hear the rationale for that one. there were less than 1% of priests who did these things. but sure, let's condemn the whole lot of them. who's truth and righteousness? anti catholic's? extreme liberals? protestants? homosexual with their agenda? Catholics who think they know better than 2000 years of history? cause the church is not about truth and righteousness for those agenda's if that's what you mean. although if if your talking about God's truth and righteousness, its been doing that for 2000 years.
  23. 2 points
    Not A Mallard

    Stranger Things

    Now I want some 80s KFC.
  24. 2 points

    Contacting a religious order

    I hope you get a response with this second email. I know how hard it is to wait.
  25. 2 points

    Radical Joy: Video about Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

    Thought some of you might enjoy this video. I found it inspiring!
  26. 2 points

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From the Dominican nuns at Queen of Peace monastery in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada: We had the great joy this September of welcoming two new postulants. Marguerite is from Ottawa, Ontario, and has a background in visual arts, while Jessica is from Surrey, British Columbia, and trained in molecular biology and biochemistry. We ask you to hold them and all our candidates and novitiate sisters in your prayers as they lace their (hiking) boots and set out to follow our Lord in Dominican monastic life—for His joy and the salvation of souls! ... on October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, ... Sister Marie Thomas of the Divine Word received the holy habit of St. Dominic. Born in Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia, and raised in Whistler, Sister is so grateful to be able to answer God’s call in her “home and native land” of Canada. Please pray for her perseverance and joy in the Lord! On October 18th, the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, Sr. Elizabeth Marie of the Transfiguration made her Simple Profession of vows in the hands of Sr. Marie Tersidis, our prioress, and received the black veil of a professed nun. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sr. Elizabeth Marie first encountered the Dominican Order in college and later spent time with Dominican Volunteers USA before being drawn to serve God and the world in the “holy preaching” of contemplative life. You can enjoy more photos of the profession on our website. https://www.dominicannunsbc.ca/news/
  27. 2 points

    Seasonal Struggles…Observing Advent

    a little poem and reflection for this time of year: https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/seasonal-struggles-observing-advent/
  28. 2 points

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    From Saint Louis Abbey (Benedictine monks of the English congregation): "Saint Louis Abbey shared Saint Louis Priory School's post. Please pray for Brother Basil Sienkiewicz, O.S.B., who professed his Simple Vows today [12-02-17]. Deo Gratias!" Founded in 1955, this abbey now has 34 monks, I believe, ranging in age from about 93 down to twenty-somethings. On average, one man per year has been entering for the last 20 years or so. It's quite encouraging.
  29. 2 points

    Anniversary of a Loved One's Death

    Hello Pham, Please pray for the repose of the soul of my brother John who passed away today many years ago. Doesn't matter how much time has passed, we still need to pray for the repose of his soul. He was a sinner like me. I love him, I miss him, it still hurts, it never ever goes away, period. He was too young to die, but I was too young to appreciate him when he was alive. I wish we would have had a lot more time with him, I think life would have been more wonderful, but I'm not in charge. Thank you and God bless, DS
  30. 2 points
    Francis Clare

    Walking close to the walls

    Why don’t you just ask the community? Since we haven’t had experience with a particular community, it would only be conjecture on our part. Custody of the eyes, walking close to the wall, looking only at the floor, off the cuff remarks about irritation in choir signaling no vocation to RL, etc. Is this what we really should be concerned about? A bit too voyeuristic for me, thank you very much.
  31. 2 points

    Staph Infection that won't heal

    I've had a small infection on my foot for a while. After a miscarriage at the beginning of October, it turned into a major staph infection. So far we've tried three different kinds of antibiotics, I've had an allergic reaction to one (added it to my list of so far about 9 types) and have another two weeks left of the other. It's been regressing a bit but now doing better. But it's still got a ways to go. It's just been an extremely rough couple months. Would appreciate prayers.
  32. 2 points

    Mind Blowing

    Stolen from BC Mensa Thoughts: * Do twins ever reali­ze that one of them i­s unplanned? * What if my dog only­ brings back my ball ­because he thinks I l­ike throwing it? * If poison expires, ­is it more poisonous ­or is it no longer po­isonous? * Which letter is sil­ent in the word "Scen­t," the S or the C? * Why is the letter W­, in English, called ­double U? Shouldn't i­t be called double V?­ and why isn't "m" ca­lled "double n" * Maybe oxygen is slo­wly killing you and I­t just takes 75-100 y­ears to fully work. * Every time you clea­n something, you just­ make something else ­dirty - The word "SWIMS" up­side-down is still "SWIMS". - Intentionally losin­g a game of rock, pap­er, scissors is just ­as hard as trying to ­win. - 100 years ago every­one owned a horse and­ only the rich had ca­rs. Today everyone ha­s cars and only the r­ich own horses. - Your future self is­ watching you right n­ow through memories. - The doctors that to­ld Stephen Hawking he­ had two years to liv­e in 1953 are probabl­y dead. - If you replace "W" ­with "T" in "What, Wh­ere and When", you ge­t the answer to each of them. - If you rip a hole i­n a net, there are ac­tually fewer holes in­ it than there were b­efore. - If 2/22/22 falls on­ a Tuesday, we'll jus­t call it "2's Day". ­ (It does fall on a Tu­esday)
  33. 2 points
    Not A Mallard

    Mind Blowing

  34. 2 points

    Dropping out for Jesus

    FindVocation, I don't think anyone was criticising you personally. They just had reservations about the advice you gave. We do have answers in the Bible, you're right - it's just that they're not as straightforward as you're saying. As I pointed out, there is a Biblical example of a man wanting to follow Jesus right then and then, but Jesus telling him no, he needed to go back home and tell people there about mercy. That was this man's vocation, and it was just as important as the fishermen's call to drop everything on the spot and follow Christ. To discern well we need to interpret the Bible. If we could open it and see our every decision written down for us in black and white, you wouldn't even need a spiritual father for guidance. I think the important thing is to be faithful to the present moment. To do what God is asking of you in this moment. To renounce any and all distractions in this moment. I don't think this conflicts with your spiritual father's advice at all. As today's Gospel tells us, someone who is faithful in little things can be trusted in great. One other dangerous temptation is daydreaming about how we'll serve God in the future as a monk or nun and viewing all the time we have until entrance as a complete waste - in short, neglecting the little things in order to fantasise about that one great thing that we're going to do. If we're faithful to small things, they will lead us down the right path, but if we keep frittering away time by daydreaming about what we might do in the future (or even next week!), we may never get anywhere. Of course there are some people who keep putting off religious life even though they have a niggling sense that they might be called, inventing fresh excuses for why they can't try it with every week that passes. If someone has been discerning for years and appears to just be treading water and going nowhere, there's obviously an issue. But there's a difference between prevaricating about a religious vocation and thinking prudently about whether the time is right.
  35. 1 point

    guns v murder rate

    If we don't protect guns how will we make donuts?
  36. 1 point
    Jubilate Deo

    Medjugore pilgrimages

    Papal Envoy Backtracks on Medjugorje, Says Comments 'Exaggerated' by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • December 10, 2017 24 Comments Abp. Henryk Hoser clarifies that official pilgrimages based on visions still banned "MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia-Herzegovina (ChurchMilitant.com) - The papal envoy to Medjugorje is admitting his recent comments have been "a little exaggerated." Various pro-Medjugorje blogs exploded with news over the weekend that pilgrimages to the controversial site, where supporters claim apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary have been taking place daily for nearly 40 years, are now allowed by Rome, with the implication that Medjugorje has now been officially approved. Abp. Hoser: 'The problem of the visionaries is not yet solved.' Tweet "Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages," Polish Abp. Henryk Hoser, papal envoy to Medjugorje, said last week to Aleteia. "It's no longer a problem." Now Hoser is backtracking, admitting that the situation is more nuanced. "It is true what I said, although perhaps it was a little exaggerated in tone," Hoser conceded in comments to Il Giornale Sunday, "but it is absolutely authentic that pilgrimages of prayer can be organized in Medjugorje without any problem, provided they are spiritual and do not concern the apparitions of Our Lady to the seers." Hoser also admitted that the Vatican has yet to issue an official decision on the authenticity of the so-called apparitions. Hoser's remarks on pilgrimages to Medjugorje is consistent with the Church's stance, which has never allowed the faithful to participate in events where the authenticity of the "visions" is taken for granted. The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reiterated this position in a 2013 letter sent to every U.S. diocese, in which it affirmed the 1991 Yugoslavian bishops' decree on Medjugorje: Quote:On the basis of studies made so far, it cannot be affirmed that these matters concern supernatural apparitions or revelations. Yet the gathering of the faithful from various parts of the world to Medjugorje, inspired by reasons of faith or other motives, require the pastoral attention and care, first of all, of the local Bishop and then of the other bishops with him, so that in Medjugorje and all connected with it, a healthy devotion towards the Blessed Virgin Mary according to the teachings of the Church may be promoted. ... [N]o pilgrimages are allowed that would presuppose any supernatural character to the apparitions, there exists no shrine of the Madonna, and there are no authentic messages, revelations nor true visions! Hoser confirmed that the situation in Medjugorje is as it has always been: "If a bishop wants to organize a prayer pilgrimage to Medjugorje to pray to Our Lady, he can do it without problem. But if it is organized pilgrimages to go there for the apparitions, we cannot; there is not the authorization to do it." When asked the reason, he explained that "the problem of the visionaries is not yet solved." On at least three occasions, Cdl. Gerhard Mueller, former prefect of the CDF, issued letters forbidding the faithful from attending events where Medjugorje visionaries were featured. Such events prompted him to have a letter sent to every U.S. diocese in 2013 prohibiting Catholics from attending events where "the credibility of such 'apparitions' would be taken for granted." Quote:[T]he Congregation [of the Doctrine of the Faith] has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the "apparitions" in question, all should accept the declaration, dated 10 April 1991, from the Bishops of the former Republic of Yugoslavia, which asserts: "On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations." It follows, therefore, that clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such 'apparitions' would be taken for granted. On the authenticity of the apparitions, Hoser explained, "They are working at the Vatican. The document is in the Secretariat of State and must be expected. And of course we need a pronouncement from the Pope who was able to study the report of the commission presided over by Cardinal Ruini." The Ruini Report issued earlier this year issued an overwhelmingly negative judgment regarding the authenticity of the vast bulk of so-called apparitions. Only the first seven were deemed authentic by 13 of the 14-member commission, while the rest received zero votes in favor of authenticity. Cardinal Mueller, then-head of the CDF at the time, whose opinion carries at least as much weight as the Ruini Commission, expressed serious doubts that the visions were authentic. As Hoser noted, the pope has the final say, and he is free to accept or reject the commission's findings. Pope Francis: 'This isn't Jesus' mother. And these alleged apparitions don't have much value.' Tweet Pope Francis has expressed severe skepticism toward the visions, saying to the press on the papal plane in May, "The report has its doubts, but personally, I am a little worse. I prefer Our Lady as mother, our mother, and not Our Lady as head of the post office who sends a message at a stated time." He continued, "This isn't Jesus' mother. And these alleged apparitions don't have much value. I say this as a personal opinion, but it is clear. Who thinks that Our Lady says, 'Come, because tomorrow at this time I will give a message to that seer?' No!" When Il Giornale asked Hoser to speak on the visionaries, Hoser declined to comment. "I cannot talk about this, I'm sorry," he remarked. https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/arti...xaggerated
  37. 1 point

    Jerusalem as Capitol

    I lived in Palestine/Israel for years, and may soon be returning. I generally avoid all online conversations on this topic because I have a great many friends, Palestinian and Israeli, who have experienced suffering; over the past week I've spent hours each day in contact with people there. (That's why I'm awake at nearly five in the morning.) After spending so much time listening to them, it can be difficult to see people who live half a world away and who are unlikely to have a personal connection to any human there giving opinions that often make a two-dimensional caricature of the situation. This happens even when opinions are made in good faith. I'm sure I do it too when I talk about countries that I've never had the chance to get to know extensively, so I'm not criticising anybody here. I also don't want to post a bunch of details about life in J'lem. I would like to ask people to pray. Firstly, to thank God for the good things that he brings out of pain and darkness. I have two friends, one Palestinian, and one Israeli, who have both been expressing identical emotions to me for months - confusion, fear, increasing despair - and whom I've been wanting to introduce for a while. Each has heard me talk about the other for years, but I never suggested a meeting because I knew they'd be too wary. A couple of days ago I finally suggested it. It felt like the right time. They met for lunch yesterday. It was very difficult to arrange - even getting to a meeting point they could both reach was hard - but the feeling that they couldn't just sit and do nothing in this painful situation made them determined to try, and they both came back with such renewed hope and a palpable joy. They told me that they were together for three and a half hours and the conversation got challenging at times, "but that's OK." They'll be meeting again. Thank God for that. Pray for my other friends who would love the chance to have contact like that, but who physically can't, because government policies or army action make it impossible. Pray for the ones who are too hostile to want it. For all the people who were hostile but who managed to move past it, that they will put heart into others. Give thanks for the mother of one of my friends, who was courageous enough to forgive the killing of her baby after a decade of pain and anger - her healing came very suddenly, when she went to the aid of a child from the 'other side' who had fallen over. She had a moment's struggle, where she wanted to see the child's parents suffer, and then she was in tears and holding out her arms to him. Pray for all the hundreds of children I worked with out there who are so curious about the other side but who never get a chance to play with a child who isn't from their community because the schools are separate. For students in the school at Shuafat, which is located at a real flashpoint and whose education will be disrupted by this. For the kids in the tiny (but growing!) number of mixed bilingual peace-orientated schools, their families, and their teachers. For the people of my former parish, who are frustrated that people overseas tend to see Jerusalem as an Islamic v. Jewish issue, and who feel as if they are invisible and unheard. For my friend B, who woke up in a panic in the middle of the night to find armed masked soldiers standing over her bed, having broken into her house. For my friend S, who doesn't know when she'll see what's left of her family. For my friend H, who is newly married to an army officer, probably pregnant (she's not sure yet), not daring to take medication she needs in case it harms the baby, and frightened at the idea of what her husband might be doing when he's out with his soldiers tonight. She's scared he'll get hurt. She's scared he'll hurt others. Pray for all the other people in that region who need it tonight. I only skimmed this thread, because as I said, it's been too emotionally overwhelming for me to get sucked into specific debates. But I've learnt two things from the time I've spent in volatile places with a lot of injustice and violence going on, which I want to share here: one, that when I'm at my snarkiest or most opinionated I'm usually at my safest physically (it's easy to talk about what should and shouldn't happen in Country X when my skin isn't in the game) and that staying kind in your speech is a powerful prayer for peace. Mother Teresa used to say that peace in the world is connected to peace in the family and in each person's heart, and to knowing when to keep silent. I think it's important to remember that on the spiritual level, God has given us the amazing power to do something to help people in conflict zones through our own acts of charity to each other. That charity is a kind of prayer. If I needed the proof, I saw that today, when two people who lead starkly segregated lives (one of whom has been feeling suicidal because of her experiences) were able to lift each other up just through meeting to share salads and a cup of coffee, and through wanting to hear what the other had to say even when it was hard. So every time you bite your tongue, or say something nice when you feel grumpy and it goes against instinct, offer it up. It will be felt elsewhere in the world, God makes sure of it.
  38. 1 point

    The Star, Animated Christmas Movie

    I really support this movie. People should go see this. Stealth evangelization right here. Entertaining, genuine, not one of those silly sloppy overtly "Christian movies®" that preach to the audience.
  39. 1 point

    Final Exams?

    I’m taking four finals in one week!! I’m not prepared and stressing. Please pray that I make it through. God’s will be done. im in a counseling program.
  40. 1 point

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    My two cents: I do not think that the good we do including the wonderful holy priests we do have should cancel out our owning publicly the horror of the paedophile scandals in The Church. Nor do I think the sins in other institutions should cancel it out. We need to own it, the whole Church, and experience shame, sorrow and repentance for it.
  41. 1 point

    For those who defend Trump

    I find it funny that someone who says they love Trump and pray for him like Jesus loves us would throw I insults at another person in Clinton. I don't think Jesus endorsed name calling. It's always the same with conservatives and liberals. They let their preferred politicians slide by and support them no matter what evils they do and attack the other side on everything no matter any good they do. Not to mention call for their opponents head over the smallest infraction but let their preferred politician slide on any number of evils they commit.
  42. 1 point

    2017 Entrances, Vows, and Ordinations

    Back in August, Notting Hill Carmel clothed another postulant who is now Sister Sarah of Jesus...there is a photo of her with Sister Anna, former VSer Mags: http://carmelitesnottinghill.org.uk/sr-sarah-of-jesus-clothing-day/
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    Today we begin the season of Advent which marks the start of a new liturgical year for the Church. This week and next week, our readings from Mark’s Gospel present two important Advent themes: The Lord’s return at the end of time and John the Baptist’s preparation for Jesus. Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of Mark’s Gospel, the chapter that immediately precedes Mark’s account of Jesus’ Passion. Having been questioned repeatedly by the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus is now questioned by his disciples—Peter, James, John, and Andrew—who want details about his prediction of the destruction of the Temple. Jesus answers with many warnings about the difficulties that the disciples will face. Christ calls to his disciples and the whole Church to “keep awake,” to keep alert and remember: this is going to be difficult. It’s not going to happen the way you planned it. This idea of keeping awake is at the heart of Advent, a time of waiting and watching, but it also calls to mind a very human thing: to stay awake when you would normally be sleeping. At some point, every person has cause to be awake through the night. Depending on the circumstances, it can be either exhausting or exhilarating, or some combination of both. At the beginning of this chapter of Mark, Jesus is walking out of the temple in Jerusalem with his disciples when they point up and exclaim, “What large stones, and what large buildings!” (Mark 13:1). Jesus cryptically tells them, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” and it has a chilling effect on the disciples. They’re intrigued, naturally, and want to know more about all of this, namely, when it will happen. Jesus tells them, in so many words: keep awake. And he doesn’t give them specifics, so that they can plan, when the best thing to do is simply keep alert. Now, as Christmas approaches, many begin (or continue) preparations to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Clergy and musicians and choirs prepare for services, as many prepare for travel or the arrival of loved ones or family dinners or community parties or frantically wondering what we will do or where we will go this year. The coming of Christmas creates, in most of us, a sense of both longing and urgency. We call ourselves to keep alert, keep awake, to work hard to get ready for this holiday that’s coming whether we like it or not. And many years, it doesn’t happen the way we plan it. We must adapt and adjust and keep awake — we must stay on our toes. As many stress over the coming holiday, Advent calls us to prepare for something much bigger than the yearly arrival of Christmas. Advent calls us to pay attention to the world around us, even as it is wracked with suffering, violence, and hunger. The first Sunday of Advent, reminds us that our ancestors once called out for a Saviour, and that we in the Church wait for the return of one. We wait, and we hope, knowing nothing other than to keep working, keep watching, and keep awake. In our world torn by pain and division, we look at the pain all around us and we wonder, “how long?” In our lowest points, we are tempted to wonder if things will be this way forever. But this season that we begin today — Advent — has a presence that calls us to look deeper. It whispers to us, urgently, “Keep awake!” It is a call of urgency and longing, but also a call of promise: there is hope. Things will not always be as they are. Something is coming that is even bigger than Christmas. The world still waits for justice. The world still waits for peace. The world still waits for God. Advent says to us: the night is long and difficult, but the dawn is coming. So, like the disciples and the faithful in Mark’s community, we must also stay alert and watchful. Our faithfulness to God, through the good times as well as the difficult times, shows us to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.
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    One thread on Phatmass pertinent to your question: http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/123232-activecontemplative-or-cloistered-how-do-you-know-which-is-for-you/ Although not specific to contemplative life, I started a thread asking for religious life book recommendations a long while ago. Here it is: http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/133510-book-list-for-the-discerner/ The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Arizona have a page on contemplative life: https://desertnuns.com/vocation-information/about-the-contemplative-life/ There's also a contact page there. This is just one monastery I found on the internet, so go ahead and write whoever you want, but I'm sure they would provide some helpful advice and reading if you got in contact. Other ideas of religious to contact: The Institute of the Incarnate Word is a large organization but it has a contemplative branch. The Dominicans in Summit NJ - one of them occasionally posts on Vocation Station I believe. This is their website: https://www.summitdominicans.org/ Your diocesan vocations director Benedictine monks and nuns. The Cistercian Monastery in Dallas is great. There's also St. Anselm's Abbey in DC...and many, many more. Write them. Monks won't let you down! I would also post this question right on Vocation Station, too - many religious on Phatmass don't look at other parts of the phorum. Just as a personal note (I am a new Catholic and not a religious!) - I would not say that religious life is about "pros and cons" - I doubt they measure it in that way. However there is a lot of real renunciation of self. In making vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience you deliberately impose on yourself "cons", as it were, which you unite to Christ Crucified. Jesus gives the grace for it and the peace that will lead you there if you are called.
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    what advice do I give to call my child who is being picked on

    Learn to use your head before using your fist. But if you have to use your fist - then be it. That's the talk I had with my guy-kid back in the day. Turn the other cheek - sure. But that does not mean that she should just stand back and let her dignity be attacked. She has the right and the duty to defend herself in kind. She needs to do so with restraint of course, and ensure not to escalate the matter. Take note that I am not saying that she should be mean like the other person is being mean - but to affirm her right to be respected.
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    Knock knock

    No silly a cow goes mooooo
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    Why is it wrong to sign a prenup before marriage?

    I think the short answer is "They're not." If one is not willing to risk their financial security for a person then they shouldn't marry them.
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    worldwide flood heresy

    Well, this is an odd accusation that seems to misunderstand the point. Firstly, from a merely cursory response, there is in fact evidence for a flood. The Smithsonian certainly seems to think so. There's also interesting evidence from the man who discovered the Titanic, according to my quick Google search. Also, there are numerous accounts from many societies which have a flood story. Even the Native Americans had one. With that out of the way, the Church, as per the Patristics (Origen, for instance), believes the books of the Bible, having multiple types of literature, should not be read strictly historically in every case. For instance, the Psalms are poetry and thus shouldn't be read as historical, though they certainly reference historical events. As such, Catholics are free to believe that the story of Noah did not literally happen. Or, free to believe that "flooding the world" means flooding all of the known world to them, which would be the area of the Black Sea. Or, free to believe that the entire earth really was covered with water for forty days. Or that this is based in some historical fact, with certain things (like the number forty) used as a theological device. It's certainly not a heresy to believe any of these things, unless one were to go so far as to say the entire Bible is nothing more than a moral storybook not based in historical fact, or that certain really integral things are true (Jesus existed) but not everything about those certain really integral things are true (Jesus did not actually perform miracles or rise from the dead). The Church takes a very measured approach to these things. So long as extremes are avoided in this particular case, we're pretty much free to believe whatever we find compelling within those guidelines. Given that Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, a "silent apostasy" (John Paul II's words) currently ravaging the faithful, and pressing questions on who can or cannot receive communion (the source and summit of the Faith), we really do have far more important things to be addressed at the current moment than whether the entire earth really was covered in water for forty literal days. That work is for the scientists to figure out, should they so desire. So will the Church make a statement on whether it's "heretical" (a word in itself we should probably define in order to figure out why you would use such a word in the first place) to believe in something that no one really cares about and is not threatening or building anyone's faith? I'm of the opinion the answer is no, and that weighing in on something like that would be a breach in the guided freedom we've always been granted in biblical exegesis.
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    Christmas cookies

    thumbprint cookies i
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    It's Saturday!

    I'm excited to switch breviaries. Yes small things amuse me.