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OnlySunshine    4,501
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I thought I'd keep an updated thread on my progress with this order (kind of like faithcecilia with the Notting Hill thread) since I am in active contact with the Vocation Director and am making a visit in November 11-14. I am very excited! If you haven't read what has been happening, you can read everything (up to this point) on this thread:

http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/115559-vocation-contact-finally/

My friend posted a link to my Facebook page that was of a Knights of Columbus video about Women Discerning Religious Life. I saw Sr. Moira of the RSMs and the order was shown for about 2 minutes or so. I'd never seen the video before and I thought it was excellent. :)

http://www.diometuchen.org/deptsministries/vocations/discernment-resources-2/vocation-videos/

(scroll down to the bottom to watch the video which is quite long -- 15 minutes)

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brandelynmarie    1,808
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Most excellent idea. :) Now we can keep track of you better. :like2:




Love the video, btw. :love: Edited by brandelynmarie

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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[quote name='brandelynmarie' timestamp='1316923835' post='2309492']
Most excellent idea. :) Now we can keep track of you better. :like2:




Love the video, btw. :love:
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Oh, no! Now I have a stalker?!? :blink: :hehe:

I just can't believe it's more than a month away before I go visit the Sisters. Sometimes I wish that I had signed up for next month because I found out my mom will only need a month of recovery. The October retreat is 21-23 and that is right in the time frame. However, since I already purchased my ticket, it would cost $75 to change plus rearranging the schedule with the Sisters. I don't want to do that, so I'm just bearing the brunt of time until I can go up there in November.

I am glad you liked the video. I loved that Sr. Antonia Maria from the Sisters of Life was making final vows in the video -- however, I don't think they were real, just practice since there was no one in the pews behind her and it took place in a large Church where there was plenty of families. I actually got to meet SrAM at a retreat in 2009 where I discussed the possibility of discerning with their community. I pretty much guessed that the answer would be "no" due to my history, and I was correct. It didn't bother me, so no harm, no foul. I don't think I am called to that life anyway. ;)

I almost cried when Sr. Eva Maria from the Little Sisters of the Poor was shown giving the Eucharist to the elderly, bedridden patient. The way she presented it to the woman was so beautiful and so loving. I love the work that the LSPs are doing. I got in touch with Sr. Constance several times, but I don't feel called there. However, I appreciate them tremendously. St. Jeanne Jugan was a wonderful woman. :)

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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[quote name='faithcecelia' timestamp='1316927125' post='2309531']
Lovely idea, I will enjoy keeping up with your journey.
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You're too sweet. :blush:

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brandelynmarie    1,808
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:ninja: <-----stalker rotfl I wondered about the lack of people behind SrAM :think: but I loooooved seeing the Carmelites from Port Tobacco. I had looked at their community a long time ago when I thought I was being called to Carmel, but it turns out I just really love St.Therese :hehe2: .

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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[quote name='brandelynmarie' timestamp='1316929505' post='2309579']
:ninja: <-----stalker rotfl I wondered about the lack of people behind SrAM :think: but I loooooved seeing the Carmelites from Port Tobacco. I had looked at their community a long time ago when I thought I was being called to Carmel, but it turns out I just really love St.Therese :hehe2: .
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Gosh, we could be twins. I seriously believed I was called to the Carmelites because of the "Therese" movie. I fell in love with them through reading about her life. However, it turns out that it was just admiration, not a genuine vocation. I had applied to the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus (Northern Province) and realized that it was not to be because their apostolate was not a right fit. Since then, I contacted MANY cloistered Carmels, including Buffalo, but I think I am not called to be cloistered. One thing that I think works in my favor by joining a community that is not connected to any major charisms is that you get to embrace all of them -- Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, etc. :)

Here is the article about Sr. Antoniana Maria's final profession in the Sisters of Life:

http://sistersoflife.org/profession-2010

As you can see from the pictures, even the Church is different. I think that SrAM and the Superior were practicing with the priest in the Sisters' chapel or something. :)

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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To add, here are more pictures of the profession ceremony of the Sisters of Life. It's a beautiful Church:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Ten-nuns-join-Sisters-of-Life-community-in-606588.php#photo-287347

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nunsense    3,805
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A good point has been raised here. Sometimes one feels 'called' to a particular order, and yet discovers later, that perhaps the love affair was an affinity rather than a calling. I have always felt "Carmelite" despite being encourage by two SDs to check out the Benedictines! :P Guess where I am now? :lol:

We can't be too hard on ourselves though - we are only human, after all :)

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JoyfulLife    208
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[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1316915806' post='2309449']
My friend posted a link to my Facebook page that was of a Knights of Columbus video about Women Discerning Religious Life. [/quote]


Oh! I own that! I love it. ([url="http://www.kofc.org/un/en/vocations/support_materials.html"]DVD for purchase[/url].)


I also love this...


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I'm glad you've posted this thread; I've enjoyed following your journey. :) Edited by JoyfulLife

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Francis Clare    630
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Keep posting, Mater! My prayers can be "tailor made" to fit your discernment steps, feelings, etc. Not too much time left. Think of all the leaves you can rake between now and then...they're falling down like crazy here in Wisconsin. :bounce:

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LaPetiteSoeur    734
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[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1316915806' post='2309449']
I thought I'd keep an updated thread on my progress with this order (kind of like faithcecilia with the Notting Hill thread) since I am in active contact with the Vocation Director and am making a visit in November 11-14. I am very excited! If you haven't read what has been happening, you can read everything (up to this point) on this thread:

[url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/115559-vocation-contact-finally/"]http://www.phatmass....ontact-finally/[/url]

My friend posted a link to my Facebook page that was of a Knights of Columbus video about Women Discerning Religious Life. I saw Sr. Moira of the RSMs and the order was shown for about 2 minutes or so. I'd never seen the video before and I thought it was excellent. :)

[url="http://www.diometuchen.org/deptsministries/vocations/discernment-resources-2/vocation-videos/"]http://www.diometuch...ocation-videos/[/url]

(scroll down to the bottom to watch the video which is quite long -- 15 minutes)
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I love this video! They showed it to me at the first vocations retreat I went to (which was located near this diocese! :) )

The NDs are on it, as are the Lockport Dominicans (I think??), the Felicians (they are just shown in the diocesan office), and the LIttle Sisters of the poor!

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1316962623' post='2309728']


Oh! I own that! I love it. ([url="http://www.kofc.org/un/en/vocations/support_materials.html"]DVD for purchase[/url].)


I also love this...






I'm glad you've posted this thread; I've enjoyed following your journey. :)
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How much did it cost for the KofC DVD? Was it free? I can't find a price for it. I'd love to have it to show my mom so it can help her understand the vocation to religious life even more than she does now (I've been working on clarifying things for her). I have also seen Completely Christ's. I rented it when I had a Netflix subscription. It was beautiful! :)

[quote name='Francis Clare' timestamp='1316963388' post='2309734']
Keep posting, Mater! My prayers can be "tailor made" to fit your discernment steps, feelings, etc. Not too much time left. Think of all the leaves you can rake between now and then...they're falling down like crazy here in Wisconsin. :bounce:
[/quote]

I certainly will keep posting. Thank you so much for your prayers, FC. You're wonderful! :)

[quote name='i<3franciscans' timestamp='1316970801' post='2309775']
Thanks for making this tread MM!!!!!!! I can't wait to hear updates! Prayers!
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Ah, you're welcome, little sister in Christ. :)

[quote name='LaPetiteSoeur' timestamp='1316971170' post='2309780']

I love this video! They showed it to me at the first vocations retreat I went to (which was located near this diocese! :) )

The NDs are on it, as are the Lockport Dominicans (I think??), the Felicians (they are just shown in the diocesan office), and the LIttle Sisters of the poor!
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It truly is a beautiful video. I think that you are thinking of the Hawthorne Dominicans. I don't remember seeing the Lockport Dominicans on it. :) Edited by MaterMisericordiae

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LaPetiteSoeur    734
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[quote name='nunsense' timestamp='1316955338' post='2309703']
A good point has been raised here. Sometimes one feels 'called' to a particular order, and yet discovers later, that perhaps the love affair was an affinity rather than a calling. I have always felt "Carmelite" despite being encourage by two SDs to check out the Benedictines! :P Guess where I am now? :lol:

We can't be too hard on ourselves though - we are only human, after all :)
[/quote]

Are you a Benedictine now?

[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1316971284' post='2309781']

How much did it cost for the KofC DVD? Was it free? I can't find a price for it. I'd love to have it to show my mom so it can help her understand the vocation to religious life even more than she does now (I've been working on clarifying things for her). I have also seen Completely Christ's. I rented it when I had a Netflix subscription. It was beautiful! :)



I certainly will keep posting. Thank you so much for your prayers, FC. You're wonderful! :)



Ah, you're welcome, little sister in Christ. :)



It truly is a beautiful video. I think that you are thinking of the Hawthorne Dominicans. I don't remember seeing the Lockport Dominicans on it. :)
[/quote]

That's it. i get my vocations videos confused....

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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Today's readings and Gospel were so poignant to me. I realize how many times I make promises to God, but don't follow through with them -- such as attending Adoration more often and reading the Bible. I've been pretty lazy. I really need to start working on that.

I loved how many times the word "mercy" was used today. Even our pastor talked about it in his homily. I love Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Mercy so much. Everytime I hear the word "mercy," I think of Our Lord. He is Mercy in and of itself. :love:

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JoyfulLife    208
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Mater, as I recall, I only had to pay like $3 for s&h.

I think it's the same. Look [url="http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/service/council/audiovisual.pdf"]here[/url]. Edited by JoyfulLife

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nunsense    3,805
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[quote name='LaPetiteSoeur' timestamp='1316971429' post='2309783']

Are you a Benedictine now?
[/quote]

Looks to be shaping up that way. I probably won't feel 100% like one until I've had some formation in a Benedictine Monastery. It isn't easy to shake the formation one gets in religious life and my first was a Carmelite convent! :P

If it is God's will, then I hope to enter a Benedictine Monastery sometime next year. But I am taking it one day at a time right now.

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OnlySunshine    4,501
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[quote name='JoyfulLife' timestamp='1316973994' post='2309805']
Mater, as I recall, I only had to pay like $3 for s&h.

I think it's the same. Look [url="http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/service/council/audiovisual.pdf"]here[/url].
[/quote]

amesome! Thank you so much for posting that. I'll have to order it. :)

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JoyfulLife    208
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You're welcome. I love getting videos on the religious life. They tend to have some good wisdom and spiritual direction advice that's helpful.

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