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  2. NadaTeTurbe

    website ideas?

    I think it would be good if you put on the homepage what makes you unique as an active community among others (in your case I think it's how old you are !) Here's what I'm looking for when I go to a community website: - History - Spirituality / charism. - Apostolate, with a list of where you are and what you do - Formation process - how you team up with lay people (third orders, etc) What I dislike: - when I feel it's been made by a marketing team - your first draft is very natural, I like it - vague stuff - Vocation testimony of sisters who are not in final vows - and (unpopular opinion but...) pictures of postulancy/noviciate entrance.These should be kept private I like the chronology in your first draft. Could you maybe include more pictures and link to the foreign website of your congregation ?
  3. Lilllabettt

    Son of shaircroppers, American hero

    In the future, people will look on Mr Cummings legacy the same way we look on say, Robert Byrd. He was an institution but also a Klan member. Mixed legacy. It's frankly really dysfunctional and banana republicy that his wife is gonna take his seat. Super odd. Very Baltimore though.
  4. Lilllabettt

    Hydrocephalus/Hydrocephaly

    That's amesome!
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  6. Swami Mommy

    website ideas?

    I scanned some of the content briefly and liked it quite well, but found the gray typeset and ornate capitalized words a little difficult to read. Great start!
  7. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/taking-the-week-off-not-really/ This week, due to other projects and preparations, I will not be writing a post here. Hopefully, I’ll be back at it in the near future. However, I will be out of town on my home visit as of this coming Sunday. Prayers would be appreciated. I am working on a new website for our province. It is a ROUGH draft - this is one of the reasons (a big one) that I'm taking the week off of blogging. Your welcome to check it out and give pointers: https://ndfranciscans.weebly.com/
  8. sr.christinaosf

    website ideas?

    https://ndfranciscans.weebly.com/ a ROUGH draft
  9. Pax17

    Mental Illness & Bipolar Disorder

    Still praying...
  10. Lilllabettt

    Welcome noobs

    Hi. Hows life.
  11. Count Claydus

    Spirituality Type

    I can speak when needed, but I’d rather read the Summa than work in a soup kitchen. The Briggs Test lists me consistently as an INTP. I have a few problems with that system, but it does have a few benefits. Yes, I am more of a talker for utility, shy and doubtful of myself, I don’t speak much before others... unless we are talking about the Patristics or the Scholastics.
  12. gloriana35

    Spirituality Type

    I agree with everyone here that you would need to have contact with particular communities. I know it can be very difficult to find sound spiritual direction, but I very much hope you do. By 'heavily introverted', do you mean that in the sense of being one whose primary source of energy is ideas, rather than contact with others, or that you find it extremely difficult to deal with others? (Believe me, there is a difference. I am one of the friendliest people on earth, yet I'm one whom the Myer Briggs test would class as very introverted.)
  13. CoolCatholicGirlGF12

    Hydrocephalus/Hydrocephaly

    Bit about me... 28 year old, was on here as a pre-teen under the names G-Freak12 & CoolCatholicGirl...since I joined Phatmass, within the last 10 years or so, life has looked like this: I left an abusive household I grew up in, changed my last name, my medical diagnoses changed: I was born with hydrocephalus (otherwise known as hydrocephaly) and five years ago I had a brain scan which showed that I no longer had the hydrocephalus I was born with- which is a medical miracle. Am doing well,
  14. CoolCatholicGirlGF12

    Welcome noobs

    Joined many years ago, back again...G-Freak12 & CoolCatholicGirl...
  15. Count Claydus

    Carmelites vs Dominicans

    I am honestly in a state of spiritual retardation, or midlife crisis you could say. Sorry. I’ll stop with my novelty. I have been a Dominican at heart always, but I’m young and we tend to follow novelty when board instead of reason.
  16. beatitude

    Carmelites vs Dominicans

    It's fine to have questions, but you keep asking the same ones without seeming to absorb the answers. Recently you wanted people to tell you if you were Benedictine or Dominican, then whether you could be a priest of the FSSP while still being member of a Dominican lay fraternity, and now it's Dominicans vs Carmelites, and Carmelites vs Carthusians. These are all basically variants on the same question, and it's just keeping you going round and round in circles. The bottom line, again, is that you will not know for sure where you are called until you've tried. You need to actually be interacting with communities, and by that I don't mean asking "Dominican versus Benedictine" questions, but having in-depth conversations with the novice master or prior about day-to-day life in their specific monastery, and about your specific journey up to this point. No one finds their vocation through third-party discussions about religious orders in general.
  17. Count Claydus

    Carmelites vs Dominicans

    Also, what are the differences between Carmelite hermits and Carthusian Monks?
  18. cappie

    Pope Francis

    Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the pope is to be outside the church VATICAN CITY — Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the church. "The truth is that the church is represented on earth by the vicar of Christ, that is by the pope. And whoever is against the pope is, ipso facto, outside the church," the cardinal said in an interview published Oct. 7 in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily. The 74-year-old cardinal, who Francis appointed in 2014 as head of the office overseeing liturgical matters, often is portrayed as a critic of Francis, especially because of the cardinal's cautious attitude toward welcoming Muslim migrants to Europe, his concern about the church acting more like a social-service agency than a missionary church and his traditional approach to the liturgy. The Corriere piece was published to coincide with the release of a new book-length interview with Sarah, "The Day is Now Far Spent." The English edition was released Sept. 22 by Ignatius Press in the United States. The cardinal's book dedication reads: "For Benedict XVI, peerless architect of the rebuilding of the church. For Francis, faithful and devoted son of St. Ignatius. For the priests throughout the world in thanksgiving on the occasion of my golden jubilee of priesthood," which was July 20. In the Corriere interview, the cardinal was asked what the "truth" was about his relationship with Francis. "The truth is that many people write not to give witness to the truth, but to place people against one another, to damage human relationships," he said. "The truth doesn't matter to them." "Those who place me in opposition to the Holy Father cannot present a single word of mine, a single phrase or a single attitude of mine to support their absurd – and I would say, diabolical – affirmations," Sarah said. "The devil divides, sets people against each other." Sarah said it is normal for the church to experience difficulties and divisions, but every Christian is called "to seek unity in Christ."
  19. BarbaraTherese

    Mental Illness & Bipolar Disorder

    Still alive and kicking. Worst bipolar episode in over 12 years. As far as I am concerned, God is permitting it for His own good reasons. If I start looking for reasons, I really will drive myself around the twit. That The Lord is permitting it, is fully enough for me. I am hanging on to what St Mary of The Cross Mackillop said "Do what you can and leave the rest to God." At this stage things could go one of three ways: Bipolar depression (cruel), Manic episode (totally destructive on a few important levels)...........or it could just fizzle out without going any further than this relatively early stage. I have set up supports including close together appointments with my GP (experienced in mental health matters) - my brothers are staying close too and learning for the first time how bipolar can affect me when it is active ...........and also put in place what I know needs to be in place insofar as I am personally concerned........avoid stress and stimulation insofar is possible. Engage in what I find distracting from my mind and thoughts (if they are off track) and what I find enjoyable and absorbing. So far, so good and I am happy, very happy, with that. Tomorrow can look after itself when I wake up tomorrow morning. I know I have the Grace to get through this episode - Grace is not the problem, it can be my response to Grace. And if I fail completely, it is not the end of my world by a very long shot. I am called then to begin again. Not accessing PHatmass much at all, but still around and looking forward to coming back. God bless! A prayer much appreciated.
  20. Norseman82

    Son of shaircroppers, American hero

    https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rep-elijah-cummings-will-be-remembered-for-his-dedication-to-reproductive-health-and-rights https://cummings.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cummings-statement-supreme-court-decision-same-sex-marriage-case-62615
  21. Count Claydus

    Carmelites vs Dominicans

    I am sorry I ask questions so persistently. I have one more question. After around a year of discernment I have deduced to the Dominicans and the Carmelites. I love the contemplative natures of both orders. I am more drawn though to the primitive hermit life of the carmelites than their mendicant life which came later. I know there are two Carmelite hermit communities of Ancient Observance in the United States. Would someone care to compare and contrast the Dominicans and the Carmelites? Pax Christi!
  22. Nunsuch

    Spirituality Type

    Keep in mind that all orders require their members to take a vow of obedience. You don't enter religious life to do things "your way." Even an order that emphasizes study, or contemplation, or silence, may ask you to perform ministries or jobs that you would not choose for yourself. [Even Trappists have guestmasters/mistresses, and increasingly work alongside secular "helpers."] Are you willing to put your preferences second to the will of God and the vows? If not, then you are not called to this form of life.
  23. Count Claydus

    Scholarly but Contemplative

    Thanks! This website is a revelation.
  24. Lilllabettt

    Scholarly but Contemplative

    I feel like you've asked this question before ... maybe that was someone else? Here is a list of cloistered mens communities. The closest match on this list to what you describe would probably be the Benedictines.
  25. Lilllabettt

    Pope Francis

    I read Simcha Fischer on the Amazon thing today and my impressions line up with her own: Pope Francis is a sloppy thinker, in the habit of speaking in an official capacity from a place of personal vindictiveness, either naive or indifferent to the damaging effect his behavior has on the Church or individuals. My additions: He has a bad temper, is prone to rash judgment, and speaks without thinking. I do get convicted from some things he says but is he a "good" Pope? Not at this time, imo. That being said. A heretic, he's not. When they did the pagan ceremony, he put aside his prepared remarks, said an "our father" instead, and left. It's representative of the burning dumpster fire that is the Church today, that Catholics thought this was a good ritual, and to do it in front of the Pope. That's the attitude that prevails at the higher levels of the church these days. FWIW, I also had a weird, uneasy feeling when he was elected. Didn't know who he was either. But i chalk that up to having a face in there we hadn't seen around in the previous 30+ years, the way John Paul and Benedict were.
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