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  2. Yes, new communities can be unstable and dysfunctional - but I tend to think that if a well-established community can't find new members, or they are all leaving before permanent vows, there are probably reasons for that too. Reasons which are not only within the discerning applicant/sister. A former(?) UK vocations director, Gemma Simmonds, uses the term "People like us" - she wrote for example "whoever wants to join the religious life will not be PLU — “People Like Us”. We will have to adapt to them. It’s a mutual process, and it costs." I think this is an important point which some established communites may not have fully realized. A new foundation does not have to adapt to today's discerners, but a community which exists since many generations, and these days often has an overwhelming majority of older members, needs to make a conscious effort to be a community in which people wanting to live religious life today are actually able to do this.
  3. Today
  4. True. Time will tell I suppose. There must have been thousands of groups down the centuries which served only a short purpose. Actually there aren't that many orders if you think how many people there have been through time!
  5. the first "televangelist" back in the 1950's and the person who Reverend Robert Schuller said was his inspiration to go on television, Archbishop Sheen preaches three messages from the former sanctuary before the Crystal Cathedral was constructed. This video is now more pertinent than ever considering that the Roman Catholic Church now owns the property and has completed a loving multi-million dollar restoration of the Aboretum (the old sanctuary) and is in the midst of renovating the Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral)
  6. This information was absolutely perfect for me. Well, I also want to be in the US for my post-graduation but I think that immigration process is somewhat difficult so I am having a thought on consulting marvel immigration center for that. I am sure that they will help me throughout the entire process and very quickly.
  7. Yes on second thoughts I can absolutely see why maybe it would be better after all to enter a long established order. But say The Sisters of life are a comparatively new order I think. And they've gone from strength to strength. On the other hand there wasn't really another order totally dedicated to the work they do.
  8. BarbaraTherese

    USA & Iran

    Iran captures British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz, UK says seizure of Stena Impero 'unacceptable' https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-20/iran-captures-two-british-operated-tankers-in-strait-of-hormuz/11328078 Jesus, Prince of Peace, please grant us Your Salvation and Universal Peace and stability
  9. Josh

    Trump Is KKK

    I'm not whining. And that's on you that you don't know he's racist. He made it clear he was when he called people marching with Nazi's and KKK very fine people. Or NFL players b I t c h e s for protesting police brutality. If you don't see it I don't know what to tell you Also "lol" at saying it's useless to call out his racism. It needs to be done. All the time. Is it also useless to call out planned parenthood and supporters of abortion? Or is it pick and choose to what's useless to call out? Wisdom from Lecrae
  10. The story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary complements last Sunday’s story of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan is an example of how a disciple should see and act. Mary is an example of how a disciple should listen. As a woman, Mary would be expected, like Martha, to prepare hospitality for a guest. Just as a Samaritan would not be a model for neighbourliness, so a woman would not sit with the men around the feet of a teacher. Both stories exemplify how a disciple is to fulfil the dual command which begins chapter 10—love of God (Mary) and love of neighbour (the Samaritan). The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and also times for listening and learning at the feet of a teacher. Martha welcomes Jesus and his disciples into her house with generous hospitality, preparing a meal and serving them. Martha makes what seems like a very reasonable request to Jesus, but instead of sending Mary to help, Jesus lectures Martha about being anxious and distracted. Martha speaks only of herself. Martha doesn’t get the help she wants from Mary or the recognition she wants from Jesus. Instead, Jesus invites her to slow down. Busyness may be inevitable, but we can also use distraction as a way to avoid dealing with a problem; we can substitute busyness for real transformation. Maybe Martha didn’t really want to sit down and listen to what Jesus was saying. So often, Jesus said things that were challenging or difficult or annoying. Better to bide one’s time in the kitchen than have to re-think your opinions about Samaritans or tax-collectors. Whatever she really wanted; what Martha needed was to just stop. Sit down. Listen. Stop doing and start listening. The world we live in is full of problems, problems we all want to fix. But sometimes we want to fix problems more than we want to understand them. The problems we are facing today don’t have easy fixes: how best to protect the environment? How to protect ourselves while staying open and welcoming? All of these issues require careful, prayerful discernment — at least, they do if we are going to respond from a place of love and not fear. Jesus’ call is to seek out God’s presence, to set aside the distractions of the world before we can best hear God’s voice. If you’re having a hard time finding God, go to those places where you know God lives. Come to church, sing the hymns, go to Holy Communion. Go outside and say thank you, even if you aren’t feeling thankful. Act with love, even if you aren’t feeling the love. And love will come to you. Finding God among the poor is perhaps not as easy as in the beauty of nature or the peace of worship. But finding God among the poor is certain: for we know that God is always alive in the struggle for justice. We know that God lives among the marginalized, that God fights for the poor and upholds the weak. Like St Francis be among the poor, not to fix them, but merely to listen. To live with one another. To build community. Keep your heart open, and you will hear God’s voice there. Jesus is the true Son promised today by Abraham’s visitors (see Matthew 1:1). In Him, God has made an everlasting covenant for all time, made us blessed descendants of Abraham. The Church now offers us this covenant, bringing to completion the word of God, the promise of His plan of salvation, what Paul calls “the mystery hidden for ages.” As once He came to Abraham, Mary, and Martha, Christ now comes to each of us in Word and Sacrament. As we say in this week’s Psalm: Lord who shall dwell on your holy mountain? He who walks without fault he who acts with justice and speaks the truth.
  11. Yesterday
  12. Also, the founding superior of the DSMME was a longtime superior of the Nashville Dominicans, who brought 3 other experienced sisters with her. Thus, this was not a founding by people without experience in religious life.
  13. Not A Mallard

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  14. Sister Leticia

    New Community forming, Marian Franciscans

    Then why not encourage vocations to the existing, established order? A new community might sound fresh and exciting or appealing, but it isn't necessarily so. There are dozens of threads on here referring to new communities, many of them with only a couple of members, even after a long time - or maybe only a foundress, so not even a community. And as Dame Agnes has observed, so many of them seem very vague about their mission (and often about their spirit and charism too, especially when they mix/merge different spiritualities). I know a couple of women who spent some time in a very small new community. They were attracted by the idea of newness, of being part of a founding group, being co-creators... they found it to be difficult and dysfunctional, precisely because it was new, and everything was still in the process of being put together. Things kept changing, according to the foundress' latest ideas, which they found very disorientating. Yes, there are a few new communities which have grown and thrived - I'm aware of the DSMME, as a prime example - but they are the exceptions. And the DSMME are not vague about their identity or their mission.
  15. Seven77

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Sardine tin
  16. Seven77

    Trump Is KKK

    I've come to realize that it is pretty much a joke that the so-called conservative politicians mobilized in order to combat abortion and immorality. It's just opportunism. And anyone who dehumanizes anyone, say undocumented immigrants--- calling them illegals like some nonhuman entities, discredits the claim that they are pro-life. This is a problem plaguing society as I see it… Nothing will change if people persist in uncharity, racism, lack of sympathy towards the least who are alive. It's easy to sympathize with babies actually, but babies grow up… Anyway, that said, reacting against Trump unconstructively is just the pendulum swinging in the opposite direction… Forget politics, look to Christ, follow him and the Church and then the Holy Spirit will guide you in the right direction… That is the secret to any path of life even politics insomuch that politics is necessary. And surprisingly enough, Donald Trump as whatever he in his heart and mind, is a human being as well and needs prayers. That's not an excuse for his behavior and rhetoric. I don't know if he's really sincerely racist or whatnot but whining about it is pretty much as useless as sending out stupid tweets.
  17. Well, they really didn't have anything pretty to work with from the beginning. But it is an improvement overall I guess. It still looks modern and cold and sterile though... I think they could have possibly tried a bit harder, creatively, to make it look more Catholic, traditional looking-ish than it is now. I mean, the outside is pretty hopeless and that's just how it is, but the interior---it could be worked with, and they tried… I guess?
  18. Catholic Don Johnson's new Documentary A Compromised Faith Many find it shocking that white conservative evangelicals have supported Donald Trump so strongly, especially considering his almost complete lack of the traditional “family values” they claim to esteem. However, the fact is that Donald Trump espouses and exemplifies at least one principle that this segment of American Christianity has long prioritized over the teachings of Jesus: white supremacy. This is that story. That is what this film is about. It turns out that racism is nothing new to the religious right. Indeed, it is foundational to their history. In A Compromised Faith, we will explore that story, documenting the development of the current white conservative political culture in this country, from the 1950s to today. Contrary to the popular myth that white conservative Christians flocked into the political realm to combat abortion and sexual immorality, the truth is that they were only finally mobilized as a reaction to the civil rights movement. For example, we will look at how the Brown v Board of Education ruling desegregating schools led directly to the battle over Supreme Court justices we see today. In doing so we will look at the motives behind this culture of oppression, and examine how the church got so far from the teachings of its founder. This will include looking at the theology that undergirded this racism, with its roots in a certain strain of medieval philosophy and the Protestant Reformation. It’s not all negative, though, as well will also tell the story of movements within American Christianity that aim to reform the Church and bring it more in line with the gospels, and examine whether they have a legitimate chance of success.
  19. Josh

    Trump Is KKK

    Catholic Don Johnson's new Documentary A Compromised Faith Many find it shocking that white conservative evangelicals have supported Donald Trump so strongly, especially considering his almost complete lack of the traditional “family values” they claim to esteem. However, the fact is that Donald Trump espouses and exemplifies at least one principle that this segment of American Christianity has long prioritized over the teachings of Jesus: white supremacy. This is that story. That is what this film is about. It turns out that racism is nothing new to the religious right. Indeed, it is foundational to their history. In A Compromised Faith, we will explore that story, documenting the development of the current white conservative political culture in this country, from the 1950s to today. Contrary to the popular myth that white conservative Christians flocked into the political realm to combat abortion and sexual immorality, the truth is that they were only finally mobilized as a reaction to the civil rights movement. For example, we will look at how the Brown v Board of Education ruling desegregating schools led directly to the battle over Supreme Court justices we see today. In doing so we will look at the motives behind this culture of oppression, and examine how the church got so far from the teachings of its founder. This will include looking at the theology that undergirded this racism, with its roots in a certain strain of medieval philosophy and the Protestant Reformation. It’s not all negative, though, as well will also tell the story of movements within American Christianity that aim to reform the Church and bring it more in line with the gospels, and examine whether they have a legitimate chance of success.
  20. I don't think there is anything wrong with new communities form in even if similar work is already being done by established communities. A newer community might appeal to younger people.
  21. Maybe the need calls for more people doing it?
  22. dominicansoul

    Trump Is KKK

    I’m glad some Americans do not fall for the leftists propaganda...
  23. BarbaraTherese

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  24. BarbaraTherese

    USA & Iran

    18th July 2019:......"Trump says US Navy destroys Iranian drone in ‘defensive action,’ escalating tensions in Gulf region" https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/trump-says-us-navy-shot-down-iranian-drone.html
  25. I also appreciate the ecumenical gesture. I like the station of the cross depicted, too. The place is, uh, very bright. I find the "baldacchino" kind of weird. Is that even supposed to be one? A baldacchino hiding in plain sight? Split into a gigantic door frame and a hanging rectangle? Pretending it's something else? Not going to say anything about the tabernacle. It speaks for itself... Look, if you're going to drop 76 million dollars on a cathedral, there should be no excuse - none - for not making the entire thing as beautiful as you can. There are craftsmen enough to build something worthy for the ages at that price point. Unfortunately, that continues to seem too hard. The trend is to make it "accessible", while rejecting the fact that the beautiful is inherently accessible.
  26. chrysostom

    Stranger Things

    I don't mind moral strength in the women, but I was also turned off for a while by the stupidity of the main male characters, with the exception of Jonathan Byers. I'm annoyed that I see this so often. I suspect many screenwriters do not fully understand what masculine virtue looks like, or feminine virtue for that matter. I was mollified by episode 8, though.
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