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  1. 6 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight to go visit the sisters for the next 5 days. Please pray for me during this time!
  2. 5 points
    Lilllabettt

    Pete Buttigieg

    I don't. He supports partial birth abortion.
  3. 5 points
    Sister Leticia

    Discernment

    I don't know what happens in the US when someone who has already been in religious life asks to enter elsewhere. Here in the UK the discerner would need to look with the new community at what happened with her previous order, and reasons for leaving - as well as any learning or growth since then. Sometimes it's quite straightforward: maybe someone was quite immature the first time s/he entered, or tried to enter a way of life for which they were unsuited (eg tried entering a monastery but really, their vocation is apostolic) - but at other times it is more complex. And usually - unless there are very good reasons not to - the new order would want to contact the previous one, to get some sort of reference. So time spent reflecting on what happened, and what you have learned/how you have grown since then will certainly not be time wasted. Welcome to this forum, and blessings on your journey with God!
  4. 4 points
    katherineH

    Former Nuns

    Jumping in here because I haven't seen anyone post this yet: if you are experiencing stress and anxiety that is interfering with your mental and physical health, please consider seeing a therapist! There's no shame in seeking help and having a safe space to discuss your feelings and experiences, especially if abuse was involved.
  5. 4 points
    InCordeJesuEtMariae

    Discernment

    Thank you very much Sister and for your prayers! That sounds a lot like the process here in the US. It’s pretty much exactly what happened the second time I entered lol. Mother invited me for a visit and at some point she must have called the first community and when I went for a visit we talked about that and what happened, where I was at in my spiritual life, how can things be handled differently. It was all very helpful. I’m assuming it may be the same course that will happen this time also, but that is if they are willing to let me discern with them. I am hoping for an invite to visit but I know sometimes communities could decide right off the bat that they aren’t interested for whatever reason. I think that may be part of what us people go through when religious life is attempted before. I know it’s all in God’s hands. I’m a convert to the faith when I was 19 and going on 32 this year. Even though I had the desire for religious life back then, I really don’t think I was mature and not spiritually mature to have entered. God permitted it though. I’m leaving this all in His care and Our Blessed Mother. I definitely want to say to all discerners out there that may be in the same boat as me: God is faithful, and He remains so even when we are not. Remain open, and/or turn back to Him if you have turned away in your hurt and uncertainties about your life and path. He loves you so much. If we are open, we will know His plan in some way and at some time. He wants us to discover our vocation even more then we do. Let’s all pray for each other! I will post an update to let people know what happens since people are praying and may want to know! It’s only been a week since I sent the letter so it could be a while. Blessings to all.
  6. 4 points
    deusluxmea

    Discernment

    Hello, and thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you've been through the ringer, discernment wise, so it is very understanding that you might have some anxiety or uncertainty about your vocation. There's folks on there with more wisdom in these matters, however my initial thought is that it can't hurt to contact this community. Either way, at least you'll have some information to work with from there. I probably don't need to mention this, however it might be worth spending some time unpacking what happened with the other two communities, not to flagellate yourself, but just so you have a clear headed picture of obstacles that may come up in a future community. Peace, friend!
  7. 3 points
    Antigonos

    Former Nuns

    While I fully recognize this is a forum for discerners, I too think it's important to recognize that not all "matches" between individuals and communities are "made in heaven." IMO, the most important thing to remember is that there's no failure involved, to think of the experience of living in religious life as a learning experience, and to move on in one's spiritual quest. Ultimately, it's one's relationship with God that matters, and there are an infinite number of pathways to tread, just as the theologies of Judaism and Catholicism are radically different, the goals are the same in the end.
  8. 3 points
    Thomist

    Former Nuns

    Hello! Former ex-con(vent) here. First, thank you for sharing and know you are not alone. While I chose to leave the congregation, I really had no other choice. I was in a community where God was used as a tool to manipulate; where I was immensely overloaded and burned out, but told that the reason I was suffering was due to my selfishness, my refusal to pray more deeply (i often fell asleep praying...or when I sat anywhere for an extended period of time), and being unfaithful to my vows. After I left, I was diagnosed with PTSD. I have worked with two different therapists. Neither was Catholic (or even religious) but both gave me valuable skills and perspective. I tell you this to really encourage you to find a therapist. Any therapist that is skilled in dealing with your issues will work. Many have sliding scales if you don't have insurance, and can meet via skype or over the phone. There are even a few apps that offer therapy for a reduced rate for a while. Look at your budget, and make yourself a priority. You will not regret the healing you can find. Will you still have pain or flashbacks or whatever? Sure. But you will also have the tools to work through it.
  9. 3 points
    Sponsa-Christi

    Transfer congregation-order

    Transferring from one religious community to another is something canon law does cover. It's a fairly "normal" thing in the sense that the Church clearly allows for it, even if it isn't terribly common. I've heard of many cases where a Sister transferred successfully. That being said, obviously it's a big decision that needs to be carefully discerned and taken seriously. Generally speaking, usually a prospective transfer Sister spends at least three years with the new community before the transfer can become permanent. Of course there's a lot about your particular situation that we as online strangers wouldn't know, but feeling more drawn to a contemplative way of life seems like a reasonable cause for discerning a transfer. If your present community is decently healthy, my guess is that if you approach your superiors honestly and sincerely, they'll ultimately just want to help you follow God's will for your life, even if that might mean continuing your religious vocation somewhere else. I suspect unsuccessful transfers might be due largely in part to Sisters having problems within themselves that they are subconsciously trying to run away from (which is a dynamic that can happen to the best of us at times!), with these problems of course following them to the new community. So it might also be good to do some very honest soul-searching in this area if it seems like a reasonable concern for you.
  10. 3 points
    InCordeJesuEtMariae

    Discernment

    Hello All. When researching discernment it seems like phatmass vocation station has a lot of people here with wisdom about this topic so I thought I’d sign up and ask here. First off, I don’t have a spiritual director right now but I’m in touch with a priest friend who is in Rome but that isn’t much help right now. I thought maybe those with more experience can maybe just throw out some words of wisdom! So I’m 31 years old and I have attempted religious life two times within the past 10 years. After my second time I just figured door closed and not for me. That was tough to get through but I moved on and went to school and a lot of good things have happened for me thanks be to God for His mercy. Well I started to get more involved in deepening my relationship with Our Lord and that’s something I kind of pushed away for a few years now. Well I’ve been thinking of all my plans and wondering what route to take. In my growing desire to know His plan for my life, the desire for religious life has come back. Ahhhhh!!!! Lol. Well, I didn’t expect that one!!! It’s kind of scary having done this before but I have a deep joy about it also. I think I always desired it but pushed it away thinking it wasn’t for me. I am happy. Well, it’s tricky because I’ve done this two times before and that will come up again and may cause some difficulties in discerning with communities. I pray God opens the doors that are meant to open. Here’s the catch. I’ve been thinking of a community that I wouldn’t have considered before because it’s a foundation from one of the two communities I was in before. It’s bizarre but I can’t stop thinking about writing them and hoping for a visit. Could this be from the Holy Spirit if it’s something I wouldn’t have considered but keep thinking about? Should I send a letter? Prayers please too!! Thank you!
  11. 3 points
    dominicansoul

    Pete Buttigieg

    Jesus needs to come back pronto. This world has gone absolutely nuts...
  12. 3 points
    Kateri89

    Catholic Church needs more Catholics like Kobe. Rest In Peace.

    I didn’t know much about him other than his reputation as a great NBA player and I had a vague memory of the sexual assault allegations. After the crash, I was reading all sorts of articles and watching videos about him and all I can say is that he seemed to acknowledge his sin although he denied that it was rape. He fought to save his marriage and practiced corporal works of mercy. He went to daily mass and according to the priest at his parish, he had just asked about getting confirmed right before he died (not sure why he hadn’t been confirmed yet). This seems to me to be exactly the point of Christ’s sacrifice. We all need redemption because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He wasn’t perfect but none of us are. He did, however, remain an inspiration to many and by all appearances was a loving and devoted father and husband. I’m heartbroken thinking of his final moments with his daughter and the other passengers and of course with the family and friends they all left behind. We have reason to hope they are all in heaven and an obligation to pray for all of them just in case. I think we also have an obligation to pray for their loved ones. God bless <3
  13. 3 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Pham, quick update. Life has rocked me hard lately. I got super sick with a nasty ear infection, missed some work because of it and policy being strict as it is I was asked to resign. I've got other things lined up, so I'm fine in that area. But the whole situation has me off kilter. I started thinking that I shouldn't be going on retreat when life is this hectic. I had a very honest conversation with the VD of the community I'm discerning with, and she encouraged me to still come. I don't have to make any decisions while I'm down there, and could use the time to just be away with Jesus. She was very kind, comforting, and wise. It's not going to go over well with my family, but I'm prepared for their reactions and will emphasize the need to be away with Jesus for some time. I'm leaving for retreat in less than two weeks, so I'm getting nervous and excited. Please pray for me! TLDR: Still going on retreat despite life rocking the boat.
  14. 3 points
    Luigi

    A new way to save money on shopping.

    Chris_Kross joined Phatmass only 22 hours ago and immediately posted about a "shopping problem." Catlucif_67 joined Phatmass almost immediately after Chris_Kross and immediately posted a response to Chris_Kross, including a link to a Walgreens ad. (BTW, Walgreens doesn't sell dresses or shoes.) This is dialogic spam. Someone's trying to sell something to someone, and doing in on Phatmass.
  15. 2 points
    MIKolbe

    Catholic Tan Books

    but it's so much easier to just complain....
  16. 2 points
    KnightofChrist

    Catholic Tan Books

    Fine Josh, I'll be the adult male and I'll contact Tan Books. I'll ask them if they are aware of this trash, and what if anything they'll do about it. So that you can sit here and just talk garbage about trads, right wingers, baby eating maga cultists, and super mega Hitler Trump. If anyone else cares enough to actually do something about it, here is their contact page. Will post other forms of contact if I find them later. https://www.tanbooks.com/contacts/
  17. 2 points
    Kateri89

    Catholic Tan Books

    I totally agree with you that this is clearly racist and never should’ve been believed, let alone published. That being said, why are you maligning a whole group of people as racist for what one Archbishop said and one book company did not edit out? That was a thinly veiled insult. This is something that frustrates me in modern discourse. Someone says or does something bad and we immediately cast them and anyone remotely associated with them as totally bad. I pray that we can be firm against sin but more merciful toward one another. The better thing to do would be to contact TAN and speak with them, asking how they could’ve left this in one of their books and how it made the final edit. If they ignore you or act dismissively, then by all means make stuff like this public knowledge so that they realize how sinful and hurtful it is.
  18. 2 points
    Bonkira

    Former Nuns

    I left a cloistered contemplative heavy-on-the-silence order just before I reached solemn vows. It was a process of growing shock for me over the last 2 or so years there as I came to really know in my body, mind, and soul that this was not where I was meant to be. It was in large part to the community present at the time; in looking back through the help of a good counselor, things were quite harmful and downright dangerous in many ways. Those last couple years were really discerning that I did not need the cloister to engage in the internal life I have with the holy ones, or the oversight of what was a damaged system...so I left. It was wrenching in a lot of ways, but really drove home to me that my mystic life is mine, and is best lived with the input of a good spiritual director and that I personally do not need the vows or the cloister to live that out. Once in awhile I dream about being back in the monastery, but it is either an outright nightmare or it is forming a narrative that never existed (nice people, a solid community, etc). I spent a lot of time angry with holy ones because what took me out of the monastery was not of my own design...there was not a way to remain and remain whole. After all, I said yes to enclosure and the vows, and they led me to a community that failed me and then followed that with the church failing me by not being involved in the community and providing appropriate oversight. But...I don't need to be angry and when I am, I can place that at the feet of the holy ones and let them decide what to do with it rather than trying to hold onto it. As much as religious life is a gift for some, it can be a terribly flawed burden, and we are often better for leaving.
  19. 2 points
    Antigonos

    Former Nuns

    It must have been painful for you to share this with us, Gloriana35. Thank you for doing so.
  20. 2 points
    gloriana35

    Former Nuns

    I still live a consecrated life, though as a solitary (though I'm not enclosed.) I previously belonged to a Franciscan religious community. Leaving was not my choice - I was not what they wanted. I'll add that, years later, I did look into entering another congregation, but it wasn't until I 'lived in' with them for a little while that I realised I did not want to be in community life again. My original community had so much of a common schedule (no privacy, no time for one's self, anti-intellectual) that it was stifling, and I found that, though the other community I visited were nowhere near as strict, they, too, had too much common life for me to take - the more since, with reduced numbers, they had too many apostolates for each individual. A Sister who was 70 well might be teaching all day, then working with youth groups at night, then involved in more on the weekend. It is horribly painful to be rejected from a congregation. Nor can one find much understanding - either it's a glib 'it wasn't God's will', or people think one is relieved, or others think one came to one's senses. In my case, I had entered when I already had an MA in music. I was sent to another house, under the impression that they needed a music teacher - which was a lie. (I was treated terribly - I suppose those in the other house had to prove I was terrible.) I had nightmares for years of the letter I received soon afterwards, "Easter is coming. New dawn, new resurrection. You will be going home, and can rejoice in knowing God's will for you." Since my spirituality is centred on the Incarnation and our deification, the resurrection is central in my thought - yet it was years before I could hear the world 'resurrection' without cringing. It does not matter that, with hindsight, I knew that it would have ruined me had I stayed with them. There still was that tearing pain. In my case, it wasn't only nightmares about how I was treated at the end. I sometimes dreamt of the 'sunny side' of religious life, and thought that I was back in the community. Religious communities become like one's family (and we probably don't agree with - or even like - some of our family members.) It seems unthinkable that a family would cast one out - not a farthing, no preparation, and so forth. Fortunately, my parents were alive, so I had someplace to go, but even they drove me mad - 'there must be something you're not telling us' How would they dismiss you, with how they need people today?" (In later years, it was 'they don't even throw out paedophiles!') To have my family and friends thinking I must have done something terrible to be rejected only made it far worse. If you still feel a calling to religious life, do look into the possibility of pursuing it again. (This despite nonsense about not 'shopping around,' or how 'God would have led you to it by now.') The foundress of the congregation where I once was had been dismissed from her own community at one point.
  21. 2 points
    AveMariaPurissima

    Former Nuns

    I entered the convent at 18 and left nine months later. It's been around six and a half years since I left. I don't recall having had any dreams/nightmares about it per se, but I can definitely relate with how hard it is to let go of those experiences. From time to time I go on these "nostalgia binges" where I scour social media to find anything and everything related to my former community. So many things about my experience there truly were beautiful and lovely, but there were also numerous dysfunctional aspects which have taken much time and grace to heal from. It's a strange combination of missing the community, the monastery, the Sisters, religious life in general -- but also being glad and grateful that I'm not in that community anymore. I'm part of a Facebook group for women who have left religious life. If you're interested in joining, feel free to PM me.
  22. 2 points
    Antigonos

    Former Nuns

    Well, I still have very vivid dreams about my career as a midwife, sometimes going back to my first years after graduation, right up to my last employment [which ended in retirement 5 years ago]. I think that's natural; the experiences of something so dramatic, and so self-identifying, mark one permanently. Occasionally someone refers to me as a "former midwife" and I always think, Heck, I'm still holder of the CNM qualification! I'm still a midwife, just not presently practicing! If you enter a religious order, I think a part of you always remains in "religious life", even if you completely return to a secular lifestyle.
  23. 2 points
    Dymphna

    Former Nuns

    Hello Kim, you may well find a few of us here. I left as a Postulant myself, not due to any abuse, but because I realized that this community is not my vocation. When you think about "going back", do you want to go back to the specific community where you were, or back to religious life in general? From the few words you write about it, it is not clear to me whether you happened to enter a seriously dysfunctional community - or whether "normal" community life (plus depression) turned out to be too overwhelming for you. If it's the former, you could look at a few other communities and see if one of them is "yours". If the latter, you could possibly start with thinking about what it is you want to go back to? What's missing in your life now? And is there a way in which you could have this? Do you know https://leonieslonging.org/? You may find some useful resources there.
  24. 2 points
    Seven77

    Super Bowl halftime show panned as 'softcore porn,' 'horrible embarrassment'

    I'm not personally offended by the show for my own sake. I'm offended by the affront to God and the misuse of talent. Also, it seems to me that brushing it off is a perfect example of what desensitization is. It's like no big deal, carry-on, everyone's doing it so that's fine. If it offends you, it's on you. Whatever. It's not about being personally offended. I'm offended for their sake and the sake of the children there. Performance art? I don't think so. So performance art gives you license to shake your butt in front of crowds of people. Right. I'm not dissing either of them. It's the situation. It's the thing that passes for entertainment. It shouldn't pass for entertainment. People should not want to watch that garbage. I wish they just sing their songs without gyrating and whatnot. Back in the late 90s, we were very critical of those hip-hop music videos, sellout music with all the scantily clad women. Objectification. Whatever happened to just having fun making music without trying to shock people or selling sex.? Here is how I would gauge it: would I want my daughter if I had one to perform that way? No I would not. Why? Because I have the sense that it • is degrading to her dignity, it's cheapening, it's reduction that totally disregards worth as a human being created in the image of God. Did I call out the president? Certainly. Those words were the very reason I did not vote for him. Couldn't do it. II voted 3rd party for the 1st time. And I felt great. So, I think my opinion has weight. And if you think about it, anyone criticizing it is right to do so. Yes, they should have concerns the president's words as well and should not have voted for him. I think I must agree there. I don't mean to vent or rant about this or come off uncharitably. However I do feel strongly about This. Also, I think it might be good for us to review what the catechism says about modesty, etc. Respectfully, 777
  25. 2 points
    The big problem is Balthasar's theology which is the foundation of Barron's. Balthazar believed Christ descended in to Hell, actual Hell, not the Limbo of the Fathers. Balthazar believed that Christ suffered the torments of the damned. But more importantly, in context of this discussion, Balthazar believed Christ preached to the damned (human souls) and freed those souls. Balthazar was forced to recant his beliefs of Christ going to hell and in doing so logically leads us to believe, according to Balthazar' own theology, that hell is not empty of human souls.
  26. 2 points
    Sister Leticia

    World Day for Consecrated Life

    As you no doubt know, Candlemas is also the World Day for Consecrated Life. Do please pray for us Annas and Simeons, those who spend all their time in the temple, and those called to make known the light to enlighten all nations. Pray that we may always recognise and rejoice in Jesus, even when he appears in the most ordinary and unlikeliest of guises. Pope Francis' homily for this feast is rather lovely http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2020/documents/papa-francesco_20200201_omelia-vitaconsacrata.html
  27. 2 points
    Tony

    The Catholic faith of Kobe Bryant

    https://www.foxnews.com/faith-values/kobe-bryant-religion-catholic-mass-crash
  28. 2 points
    Ice_nine

    The Catholic faith of Kobe Bryant

    so sad, you never know when it's your time
  29. 2 points
    InCordeJesuEtMariae

    Discernment

    Thank you both for the advice and the prayers! May God reward you. So, I sent out the letter and understandably it may be some weeks before I hear back since the Superiors may want to reflect more and pray. Like you both said, it won’t hurt and if it was Our Lord that wanted me to it could be a discernment possibility or something will come from it that He wants me to know and that will lead me in the right direction. I’m reading “Discerning Religious Life” by Mother Clare Matthiass CFR and it’s really great. I just read the part where she was talking about taking risks when discerning and throwing yourself out there. I think sending this letter was part of that lol. May His Will be done. I recommend this book to those actively discerning also! Thankfully with growth and maturity I know now that it’s in doing His Will that we will be closest to Him and be who we were created to be in living whatever vocation that He has created us for. I hope all of us here discerning will find the path that is for us.
  30. 2 points
    Francis Coffee

    Harvesting the Lord's Invitation

    Much to reflect on here: https://fscc-calledtobe.org/2020/01/25/seeing-jesus-from-the-inside-out-by-sister-marie-kolbe-zamora-osf/
  31. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Mental Illness & Bipolar Disorder

  32. 1 point
    Luigi

    2020 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    "Passionist Nuns' Monastery in Ellisville, MO February 4 at 11:52 AM · Another little job for the new kid...picking up dirty silverware and other used dinnerware after each meal! Postulant Caitlin, in a new look, prepares to get a cart and go to work at a recent noon meal. Hand in hand with the Blessed Virgin Mary, she is doing very well, all around! She wishes to give everyone this message, which is our motto, "May the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ be always in our hearts! " Caitlin entered on February 2, 2020. From the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain, Michigan:
  33. 1 point
    Thomist

    Transfer congregation-order

    Dear BuGa, I can't comment on the success of Sisters transferring. I would presume that it is easier within a tradition-- like a teaching Dominican to a cloistered, active Franciscan to Poor Clare, etc. I can say that the guilt and shame that you may feel is not of God. I don't think that you led your community on. You did not make vows with the intention to stay until something better came along. You followed the lights as the presented themselves. The community's obligation is to help you follow God's will. I would hope pettiness wouldn't get in the way, although I know it does happen. I hope you have a good spiritual director. Do you have a friend in your community that you can bounce ideas off of as you explore this? I will be praying for your courage in this discernment.
  34. 1 point
    Delivery

    Pete Buttigieg

    I hope this guy becomes President.
  35. 1 point
    little2add

    Phatmass Inquisition

    This tread is reminiscent, in a way of one of the Church’s greatest saints? Does it surprise you that a man who once wanted to put Christians to death became one of the Church’s greatest saints? That man is Saint Paul. Paul, who was named Saul, was born in Tarsus, in the country we now call Turkey.
  36. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    Prayer Request - Sth Aust Bushfires

    I am in good health, thank you, P60. UK Weather - Storm Ciara https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EP-c2bmU8AE9Yot?format=jpg&name=small
  37. 1 point
    Delivery

    Catholic Church needs more Catholics like Kobe. Rest In Peace.

  38. 1 point
    dominicansoul

    Super Bowl halftime show panned as 'softcore porn,' 'horrible embarrassment'

    I was looking forward to it because i like Shakira's music. I was not pleased with the performance, it was disgusting, vile and set women back a kabillion years to the caveman days. Women have to make up their minds, do they want to be respected as women, or objectified as sexual play things? You can't have both. There was nothing in this performance that enhanced the beauty of womankind. It was perverse, lewd, raunchy and disgusting... the caricature of true sexual beauty.
  39. 1 point
    Catherine Therese

    "Assessment center feeling" - do you know that?

    Prayers assured for your next visit. I haven't been in the situation where I've discerned when I was 50, because I haven't quite hit that milestone just yet. I have in my own travels, however, felt something that sounds a lot like what you describe! Might be worth personally reflecting upon attachment vs. desire as you prayerfully prepare for your next visit. We all know we are created with desires that are beautiful (and often helpful in our discernment, too.) When we develop an unhealthy attachment to a particular outcome, that is when our desire sort of gets a little too much of a hold of us and we feel the need to "take control" rather than to "receive what is being freely given". It's subtle and it's the easiest and most natural mistake to make, but the behaviour of "trying to hard" and trying to meet some unspoken standard can often arise from that need to take control, to try and ensure a certain outcome. This could totally NOT be what is going on in your case - I don't know you from Eve! At any rate, it might just be helpful taking that question of "am I so attached that I'm seeking my will and forgetting to keep listening for His?" to prayer.
  40. 1 point
    KnightofChrist

    Super Bowl halftime show panned as 'softcore porn,' 'horrible embarrassment'

    Objectifying women at halftime is okay because Trump but objectifying women is not okay when it's Trump because Trump?
  41. 1 point
    Lilllabettt

    Pete Buttigieg

    Whose the better candidate, Stalin or Pol Pot? There comes a point when 2 candidates are so depraved or evil that voting for the one to limit the others evil is a meaningless gesture. If Pete supported executing Jews and Trump supported executing Muslims could you justify voting for the one to limit the others evil? He supports killing babies as their feet dangle from the birth canal. 80% of late term abortions are for elective reasons - not for fetal defects, rape, incest or life of the mother, but as a lifestyle option. Reasonable people can disagree about abortion but when you endorse abortion up to birth you've crossed a line. You become a moral reprobate. And he loudly claims to be a Christian, wears it on his sleeve... He is a discredit to Jesus just as much as Trump is.
  42. 1 point
    Lilllabettt

    Catholic Church needs more Catholics like Kobe. Rest In Peace.

    Well, rape isnt about sex really. It's about control. And power. Unfortunately rape happens in marriages too.
  43. 1 point
    Thomist

    Religious Sisters of Mercy Alma

    I think it's important to know that the RSMs have been investigated twice by the Holy See. The first time, in the early 90s, was for their connection to Fr. Proukes, SJ and the Regina Laudis community. The second was around 2010 when their longtime Superior General was removed and an investigation was conducted into the "cult of personality" surrounding her and the Vicar General. There are certainly many good and holy Sisters living and serving Our Lord there. But there are certainly problematic aspects as well.
  44. 1 point
    Luigi

    MAGA Cultists

    Who is Mark Shea? Why should I give any credibility to what he posts? Are these Mark Shea's thoughts or yours? If they're Mark SHea's thoughts, do you support them, or are you posting them here so we can see how silly Mark Shea is, or what? Who are MAGA cultists? How can we identify them? Do all MAGA Cultists think this, or only some? Did MAGA Cultists say these things directly or is Mark Shea attributing these the unnamed MAGA Cultists? What does "it" refer to in the first sentence above? I'm so confused...
  45. 1 point
    little2add

    teaspoon's worth of spit

    You would be surprised Those that do wait are happier And have a stronger relationship because of it
  46. 1 point
    FSM Sister

    Religious Sisters of Mercy Alma

    If you are serious about religious life, you will be quite happy with this community. They are rigorous, though. Be prepared for serious spiritual work. I spent 4 months with them (not in discernment - I belong to another order but was there for training) and was amazed by just about everything they do. I will pray for you. SMM
  47. 1 point
    nikita92

    Midwestern US Sisters' Leadership Workshop

    Yeah I have to agree with you about young women having a thing for "habits" when it comes to women religious! And, there are definitely "other, vital, expressions of women's religious life" as well! Thank you for posting this info!
  48. 1 point
    PaxHominibus

    Aaron Rodgers family 'dismayed' by his religious comments on Danica Patrick's podcast

    There is no reasonable hope that there are no souls in Hell. If there was, Our Lord and Lady would be a liar and Lazarus would have lied when he told the rich man that there was an impassable chasm between him and us. Balthazar erred and so did the Bishop.
  49. 1 point
    monica_margaret

    Discernment

    Definitely never hurt to contact them and see if you can visit. I, too, have been through a lot discernment-wise (although I realized the door to religious life is indeed closed for me!) so I completely understand the anxiety, but it never hurts to explore, try, and see where God may be leading you. In fact you'll be glad you did once you find where you're meant to be, even if this ends up not being it, yet. A priest once told me on a retreat that no time spent growing closer to God while trying to know His will is ever wasted, even if you "get it wrong" at first. I think that's a good idea, too, deusluxmea! I'm sure it'll be tough, but it's important to reflect and know what worked and what didn't, and how you can make the best of it as you continue on your journey. Many prayers!
  50. 1 point
    PaxHominibus

    Gossip

    I have read through the linked thread and have found nothing approaching gossip.

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