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  3. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ndfranciscans.weebly.com/blog/dress-warm This morning, after finishing Office in the chapel, I headed off to Mass, looking forward to a brisk walk. I've grown to love the combination of exercise and prayer (walking while praying the rosary, chaplet, etc., on the way to and from morning Mass)....
  4. little2add

    Father Ricardo gone viral

    Practicing for the team
  5. Ice_nine

    Francis Church Is 666? Or Nah?

    Where? I think a spokesperson said that, not the pope himself.
  6. Luigi

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    St. Benedict the Moor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_the_Moor St. Martin de Porres: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_de_Porres St. Josephine Bakhita: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Bakhita Augustine Tolton (cause for canonization in process): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Tolton Henriette DeLille (cause for canonization in process): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Tolton
  7. Josh

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    Remind us again about the good old days when no one cared what anyone looked like or their skin color.
  8. Peace

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    I agree but I would not downplay the importance of images. The Holy Spirit calls people into the Church in many ways and perhaps for some it is through images. Our Church has a long history of teaching the faith through images. If tomorrow 99% of the newly created images of our Lord were a black man, white people would take an issue with it. We would not be hearing all this "Kumbaya. How he is portrayed doesn't matter" stuff. Let's keep it real here folks.
  9. I have no answer - though my heart aches for you. I don't necessarily agree with every statement on this thread, but much is thought-provoking. I fully agree with you that many things that happen in this world are NOT 'God's will.' (If I thought that everything is, even glancing at headlines each day would make me agree with Bertrand Russell that this would be the purpose of a fiend.) There are a huge number of varieties in how people, through all the Christian centuries, have lived a vowed life, whether in community or as solitaries. Even well-known communities differ in being 'institutes', 'societies of common life,' congregations such as the Filippini Sisters (who are not a religious institute), or the Daughters of Charity (who have annual, private vows.) There are individuals or secular institutes who have reasons they keep their vows a secret, and I'm not criticising the reasons there may be for this. But there is absolutely nothing in church law, or a theology of consecrated life, which requires those who do not belong to religious congregations to keep their vowed life a secret. Many people who are associates, members of Secular Franciscans, etc, do not live the evangelical counsels - I sense you are not just looking for a sense of membership, but a true living of and witness to vowed life. Vowed life, from the earliest years of the church, was a special, eschatological witness - Paul, for example, only was able to preach of celibacy as a charism when the resurrection had shown that there is more to our lives than this world (and living on through descendants.) I would not fully agree with Swami, because that witness would be missing in your life if you had to keep your vows a secret (you do not - but many would either think you did, or mistake you for someone who is a fake or deluded if you did not.) There is more missing in your life than not living in a community. I wish I had an answer for you - but I do pray that the manner in which you best can respond to your vocation presents itself.
  10. No, but this is what the actual church teaching is. Further, one must assume that a religious congregation has far more experience than an individual applicant, both about vocations generally and about what is a vocation to that particular community. My point (which is not really "mine") is that a vocation doesn't exist unilaterally--it must be confirmed: by a bishop (for ordination) or by a congregation (for religious life) in order to be real. Of course a discerner has a major role. But it is not one for them alone.
  11. Exactly. In my region of the world, there may well be a few communities who are desperate, but accepting someone out of desperation is not responsible. On the other hand, I've been in contact with several interesting communities who no longer accept candidates, because they feel they've grown too old. Hm - doesn't this give some sort of infallibility to the congregation, which they don't have? They can make a wrong decision, just like anybody else can. As I wrote initially, there are many people with a vocation to marriage, who remain single because they don't find the right partner. They may be seriously trying to live their vocation, but God has given us freedom, which includes the freedom for a potential spouse to say "no". Or what about a man with a vocation to both marriage and priesthood? Currently, he has to make a choice and can only live part of his vocation. If he happens to live in the Amazon region, he may be able to live his full vocation in a few years. But until then and outside this region, the appropriate church office will not confirm his double vocation. Does this really mean he doesn't have it?
  12. Josh

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    Were people infants back then when almost all the art was made to depict everyone as pale European Caucasians?
  13. Josh

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    That's cool. Go find a way to tell African Americans and Lecrae they're being unreasonable. Make sure you're real specific and detailed when telling them why their thinking is wrong. Also explain to them why there are no African American Saints in the Catholic Church. Or maybe people have different struggles and experiences than you. Maybe you should listen to them and their point of view before instantly disregarding them and their point of view as a joke.
  14. penitent60

    Emergency in New South Wales and Victoria

    An annual horror, some years worse than others....this being a very bad one. It is interesting that California planted eucalyptus by the thousands .....didnt they realise how volatile the oils were. Australia is full of it too but one can hardly concrete the whole continent.
  15. BarbaraTherese

    Emergency in New South Wales and Victoria

    "High temperatures, strong winds and dry air are expected to combine tomorrow to create one of the most dangerous bushfire days in Australian history." HERE The map below is from the website MyFireWatch here, which is run at the behest of the Western Australian government to give the general public live information about fires. The red marks on this map show the fires that started most recently. A huge chunk of the country – obviously focused around northern New South Wales – is on fire right now. And tomorrow it's only going to get worse.
  16. nikita92

    New Franscian Community

    Well, new communities have to start somewhere; And they need qualified, (I think being a nun is a good start) energetic, on fire leaders, who are willing to blaze the trail while being guided by the Holy spirit! I have no doubt that this young sister will become a foundress of a community that will attract many young discerners! I am excited for her!
  17. penitent60

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    Apparently not so important in the past, although such a biggie in this modern, progressive world. Are people such infants now they can only identify if someone is as they are? Dear God in heaven I get cross over this....next there will be a thread on what language is spoken in heaven....when I KNOW Jesus speaks with a good Australian accent (come on.... this is a joke)
  18. Luigi

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    Depictions of Jesus - or anyone else, for that matter - are not a good reason to join a religion, leave a religion, put faith in a person as the Son of God, or as a savior. Religion, faith, salvation, etc. are larger than cultural identification.
  19. There is just servitude: Prisoners of war, criminals, indentured servants, and children sold by their parents, who when mature would be free. Then there is unjust survitude: kidnapped people, those unjustly taken from their home without committing a serious crime.
  20. Josh

    Francis Church Is 666? Or Nah?

    A little later in the interview When all this broke I almost stopped being Catholic. I understand the points you raise. And if he really knew these men were pedophiles then that's insane. Same with past Pope's. I don't want to believe they fully knew. Because if they did it's really sick.
  21. Josh

    Saint Monica was black. Not white.

    It affects Evangelization when everyone is depicted as pale white. If you don't know who Lecrae is Google him. Here's lyrics from his song Facts. "And I love God I love Jesus, the one out of Nazareth Not the European with the ultra perm and them soft eyes and them thin lips"
  22. Good article by Don Johnson. https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/slavery-homosexuality-and-sola-scriptura
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  24. I can't believe any responsible community would accept a candidate who was not otherwise an appropriate candidate simply over issues of age. In most cases, the acceptance process is far from automatic, and takes many factors into consideration. It's a mutual matter, not the choice simply of the applicant. And as Sponsa-Christi also said, a "vocation" is not something that one has unilaterally; it must be confirmed by the appropriate church office (in this case. the religious congregation). If they don't confirm the possibility of a vocation (admission), or its reality (final vows), then someone doesn't have one, not matter how they feel.
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