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  2. AveMaria02

    Australian pro-Gay Law

    It is really quite sad that the homosexual agenda is making such progress throughout the world. This is why it is very important to vote against such measures and write your legislative officials on such measures too. Above all else, we must pray too.
  3. In our gospel for today, Jesus has met the immediate needs of the people. Jesus tells them, “ Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life, the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, ” The previous day, Jesus fed their physical hunger with bread and fish, now Jesus points them to their spiritual hunger, which is what he really wanted to fill. Jesus compares this to the original bread from heaven, manna, with which God miraculously fed the children of Israel for 40 years in an uninhabitable wasteland. This was the daily bread that would come anew each morning, with enough to last the day and a double portion for the Sabbath. Now Jesus compares the daily bread of manna, which God gave in the desert, to the Bread of Life, which God offers in Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “Whoever who comes to me will never be hungry, who believes in me will never thirst” Jesus offers nourishment, which goes to the heart of our most basic human need to fill a spiritual hunger. Having been created to be in relationship with God, without that connection, we can feel empty. It is an easy move to connect Jesus referring to himself as the Bread of Life to the Eucharist. For in the mystery of the Eucharistic feast we partake of the body and blood of Jesus. But we don’t want to jump to that correct response so quickly that we miss the bigger picture. This discourse comes when there is much more time left in Jesus’ ministry before he gets to that last meal with his disciples. John’s gospel makes clear, the Eucharist is not about Jesus’ death alone. Jesus’ self-giving act in communion is not only concerned with the Last Supper, the cross and the empty tomb. Jesus’ whole life, rather than just one or two events. Put differently, faith is not in Jesus’ death and resurrection alone, but in Jesus’ whole life – from Bethlehem to Golgotha, and beyond to an empty tomb in a garden, Jesus’ appearances to his disciples, and his ascension to heaven. We cannot separate one part of Jesus’ life from the rest. Nor should we have a Christian part of our lives separate from the rest of our lives. We are to take Jesus’ whole story and make it part of our whole story. This is much more than hearing the word, it is word and deed. In the Eucharist, we don’t merely listen to the words, “Take eat,” but we actually get up, come to the altar to take, and eat. God took Jesus’ whole life, blessed, broke it, and gave it to us. We are to let that story of God’s love for us take us, bless us, break us, and give us back to the world. Jesus wanted those who followed him after having their fill of fish and bread to discover real spiritual nourishment so that they would never hunger again. And yes, one is fed through the Eucharist, but this too is only part of the picture. Compare spiritual nourishment to food. Eating out once a week in a restaurant is not unusual. In fact, it is rare to find someone who eats out only once a week. But what if that was the only meal the person ate. Someone who goes back to their familiar seat in a restaurant week after week to enjoy their one meal of the week could never be nourished enough to make it through the remaining six days. In the same way, worship in church on Sunday is meant to be an important part of one’s spiritual food and drink, but it will never sate your hunger if this is your whole plan for feeding you spirit. Fortunately, the Catholic Church has a centuries-old norm of daily prayer that is well suited to filling this void. The Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are an enriching daily devotion. . It is not that troubles never occur to people who pray and read their Bible; it’s just that those who marinate daily in prayer and scripture are more connected to God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Then whatever comes, they can call on that connection. So much of our lives is spent working for the food that perishes. We must work to earn food, water, and shelter and all the extras that make life enjoyable. But we know there is more to life than the daily grind. For a fulfilled life, one should commit a portion of each day to prayer and reading the Bible, for that is the food that endures for eternal life and the gift of Jesus who came so that you might have an abundant life.
  4. magdalenepenitent

    Ask a Sister a question!

    While I’m still discerning, I’ve found in my journey that the best simple answer to this is that many young women (like me) have had the advantage of living in a world that automatically assumes you have the privilege of a career/life of modern cultural freedom, and therefore don’t feel drawn to orders that have “continue to live a life very similar to your current one” as a selling point. (And that most of Phatmass users skew more traditional doesn’t help.) In the updated 2014 version of “Sisters in Crisis,” there’s more nuanced information in how the changes to religious life in the 1960s were handled and academically based theorizing on why traditional-appearing orders have drawn more attention than less traditional ones. Part of what I see most frequently (and have felt myself) that I am potentially giving up so much of my life as it is now that I want a visual reminder of why I’m doing this. I want to be visibly a Bride of Christ, and I don’t mind having to ask to coordinate visits home with permission (which isn’t that different from scheduling days off at a lay job) and value the sense of community that comes from a communal schedule. I’m very glad that less traditional orders exist (I imagine that St. Francis de Sales suggesting the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary didn’t have to chant a midnight or 4 AM office was radically non-traditional at the time), they serve many women who are called wonderfully, but I’m not called to that (for the same reason I’m not called to life in Carmel: I’ve discerned out of it) for many women I’ve spoken with the habit was one of the most discussed factors in deciding to discern with an order at all. Orders with habits are automatically assumed to be more traditional, be it in a TLM sense (IE, Sisters Adorers of the ICKSP) or a JPII sense (IE, Nashville Dominicans), while orders without are often lumped together with modern-oriented segments of the church, regardless of how fair a stereotype that is. I think as the reputation of more “modern” segments of the church are used as further evidence of a divide (even though I’d say at my beloved very much NO parish, the most extreme left-leaning actions are a quiet campaign to address how to support gay/lesbian congregation members with respect/dignity, and the occasional flute solo in choral songs), the more orders use their aesthetic (habits, chapel adornment, what their members do as their apostolate) as a visual symbol of their traditionalism. I’d posit that it’s because many visually traditional orders (who aren’t outright TLM organizations) very much emphasize how they’ve interpreted the Vatican 2 reforms to religious life cautiously and carefully, whereas other orders abandoned many “hallmarks” of what lay people think religious life should be. I’ve been guilty of this thought process as well, which is why I wanted to share my thoughts. Sorry for the whole novel of a reply, LOL.
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  6. DameAgnes

    Visitation Nuns of Tyringham, MA

    If you scroll a little ways down the page, there is more detail. They appear to chant all the hours. https://vistyr.org/our-monastic-schedule
  7. DameAgnes

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    A final profession and a new novice https://sisters.saintbenedict.com/final-profession-novitiate/
  8. truthfinder

    Visitation Nuns of Tyringham, MA

    I can't remember all the ins-and-outs, but this here (https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/obligation-of-the-liturgy-of-the-hours-4604) suggests that only priests have the obligation to say all the hours, and that religious are bound by their own order's constitutions. The sisters may be also be either combining some of the minor offices or else praying them privately which is why they're not on the schedule. One would have to ask. Edit: this is the relevant canon law: Can. 1174 §1. Clerics are obliged to carry out the liturgy of the hours according to the norm of can. 276, §2, n. 3; members of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, however, are bound according to the norm of their constitutions.
  9. PaxCordisJesu

    Visitation Nuns of Tyringham, MA

    Silly question, but I thought contemplatives were required to pray all of the liturgical hours? From their website it appears that they only pray 5.
  10. catholicamama

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Prayers for our daughter as she will be entering DSMME on August 22nd. I think there are 11 other young women also entering as postulants that day.
  11. https://vistyr.org/vocations A nice little slide show. Their site update is very good.
  12. eustace-scrubb2

    Best sites for TLM?

    Thank you. And thanks to everyone who's helped out.
  13. Peace

    Benedictine Compline

    I don't know why but I've always liked the word "compline". It just has a nice ring to it that makes my mind feel relaxed when I hear it. Everyone say it with me now: compline. Thank you.
  14. Last week
  15. AveMariaPurissima

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Twelve new novices for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. https://www.facebook.com/dsmme/posts/4371021856295167
  16. rosamundi

    Benedictine Compline

    I'm awake fairly early UK time, so it's easy.
  17. Ash Wednesday

    Benedictine Compline

    You are like my favorite detector of spam behind the scenes, so I have to express my appreciation for that
  18. Ash Wednesday

    Best sites for TLM?

    All is forgiven, thank you for taking the velvet hammer in stride. Hopefully we will find some more TLM resources that will be helpful for you, if I think of any I'll post them here.
  19. eustace-scrubb2

    POLL: "Mary is a Co-Redeemer of humanity"

    That makes a lot of sense.
  20. eustace-scrubb2

    Benedictine Compline

    Done.
  21. MIKolbe

    Best sites for TLM?

  22. Peace

    Best sites for TLM?

    I mean, I think it is a great thing to express love for the TLM. I just don't see why that can't be done without trying to tear down the NO.
  23. MIKolbe

    POLL: "Mary is a Co-Redeemer of humanity"

    Looks like Benedict as well.. What counts in Ratzinger's eyes are the "essentials," the "profound inner level" of understanding, conviction, and commitment. Here may be one of the reasons, a personal as well as a professional one, why he assesses the movement in favor of the dogmatization of Mary's co-redemption with caution. He points out that Christ "builds a profound and new community with us." (Seewald, 306) Redemption is the heart of the "great exchange": what is his became ours, and what is ours becomes his. This "being with" is expressed in exemplary fashion in Mary who is the "prototype of the Church," and so to speak, "the Church in person." It must not lead us "to forget the 'first' of Christ: . . . Mary, too, is everything that she is through him." (Seewald, 306) Ratzinger finds that the expression "co-redemptrix" would obscure this absolute origin in Christ, and departs to "too great extent from the language of Scripture and Fathers." The continuity of language with Scripture and Fathers is essential for matters of faith. It would be improper, according to Ratzinger, to "simply manipulate language." He sees in the movement promoting Mary's co-redemption a "correct intention" being expressed in the wrong way. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith holds that "what is signified by this (scil. 'co-redemptrix') is already better expressed in other titles of Mary." And so his answer to the request is summarized in the following sentence: "I do not think there will be any compliance with this demand, which in the meantime is being supported by several million people, within the foreseeable future." (Seewald, 306)
  24. rosamundi

    Benedictine Compline

    It's spam. Report to the moderators (via the 3 dots top right of any post) and they deal with it.
  25. eustace-scrubb2

    Best sites for TLM?

    Sorry, I didn't know that. My apologies for the disrespect.
  26. Ash Wednesday

    Best sites for TLM?

    This thread is going to go into a bad direction fast, and I do not want this to get into a debate about Vatican II. That is not allowed. Can we all please get back on topic and back to posting any helpful websites regarding the TLM, and especially for the sake of keeping this thread on topic and not going into debate since that's not what this thread is for, we really should be handling the liturgical discussion using better discretion, as all forms of the Mass should be treated with respect when discussed. Otherwise I will have to close the thread. Thank you.
  27. Mercedes

    Best sites for TLM?

    So you are ok with someone like me saying "I dislike the EF for it's garishness and tawdry ornaments substituting for simple faith". Bear in mind I don't think that but it resembles the language you used to accuse the Ordinary Form.
  28. eustace-scrubb2

    Benedictine Compline

    Que?
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