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  1. 8 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hey Pham! Thank you all for the prayers, and well wishes. I also really appreciate your wisdom and advice through this process. I finally had a chance to talk to my SD, and we are both in agreement that it's okay for me to continue to discern a vocation. I've been through a rough patch spiritually with moving, etc. because I'm having to start from scratch in joining a parish community. I miss my bible study girls from my old parish, but my SD is super supportive of me joining his parish and is helping me get connected. Vocation wise I got to talk with the VD of the community I previously told you I would write. She was very nice, and helpful! I was rather upfront about my medical and mental health needs, and the VD didn't see why that would be a barrier with her community. This was very very encouraging. We even talked about how I already have a plan in place with my doctors should I ever move out of state to handle transferring my care. I asked A LOT of questions, and was so happy with the answers. The community hits all the things on my "needs" list, and quite a few of my "wants". The only thing I'm nervous about is that it's an older community, with only one member under the age of 40. I got to talk about this with the VD (who is the youngest member), and she was so understanding as she went through the same thing when she was discerning. We've penciled in a visit for the early fall, pending me getting the time off of work and affording the plane ticket. Pray for me during this time, I always keep you all in mine!
  2. 7 points
    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.
  3. 5 points
    beatitude

    New Community forming, Marian Franciscans

    This discussion reminds me of the one element that has been consistent in my own vocation journey: I always looked for clarity of will and purpose among the religious community and the two secular institutes that I discerned with seriously. I didn't realise this was part of my search until I went on retreat with the second secular institute and met most of its members. Mulling over what these women had been like, I saw that they were quietly confident in what they were doing, they were humble and curious yet decisive when they had to be, and their perception seemed clear and prudent. I realised then that this is the hallmark of a prayerful and flourishing group - I've seen the same qualities at work in many places. So now my question would not be so much "New community or established community?" but "Do I see that same clarity of purpose and acuity of perception in this group?" From what little I've seen of new communities, the ones that have flourished have had those things from the outset. By contrast, I've interacted with the founder of one new community many times and known a few people who have discerned there, and if anything their ideas get more changeable and all over the place with time. That would make me hesitate, regardless of whether I saw it in a new or established congregation.
  4. 5 points
    dUSt

    New Catholic Search Engine (replacing apologetics section).

    So, the phatmass Apologetics Link Library use to be dope. Well, I checked it recently, and most of the links were broken or have moved. This got me thinking. Links will always move or break eventually. What can I build to replace it, yet, still serve a similar purpose of having great apologetics resources from around the web in one place? Enter: The new phatmass CATHOLIC SEARCH ENGINE What it does: It searches reliable Catholic apologetics sites. Not only that, it specifically searches in the directories of those sites that contain the articles related to teaching or apologetics. So, now, instead of providing a bunch of links that may or not break, you can now simply search for a term like "justification" or "praying to saints" and the search engine will only return results from very specific sites with a reputation of being 100% faithful to the Church. I need your help! Reply with your favorite apologetics sites that have a great library of articles, and I will add those sites to the list to be searched. Try it out!
  5. 4 points
    Luigi

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Here's a summary of entrances, vows, and ordinations in monasteries of Benedictine monks in the United States so far this year. It may not be complete. Many monasteries accept new postulants/novices in August; many novices make 1st vows in September. St. Anselm, NH Postulant Benjamin; 1st vows - Basil, Dunstan, Titus Mount Savior, NY Novice Thomas Newark, NJ Postulant Moises St. Vincent, PA 1st vows - Angelo, Gregory, Sean, Xavier Solemn vows - Barnabas, Cassian, Celestine, Francis, Luke Deacon Ignatius Priest Dominic Belmont, NC Novice Bede Solemn vows, James (Aug ’18), Leo (July ’19) St. Leo, FL 1st vows Matthias; Solemn vows, Lucius St. Bernard, AL Novices - Andrew, Isaac, Lazarus 1st vows - Cassian, Paul, Simeon St. Joseph, LA Solemn vows - Jerome Subiaco, AR 1st vows - Ambrose, Thomas More Solemn vows - Raban St. Andrew, OH Postulant - Tim 1st vows - Simon Priest - Conrad St. Meinrad, IN Deacon - Lorenzo Holy Cross, IL Novice Dismas Deacons Gabriel and Joseph Priest Timothy Assumption, ND Novice Stephen; Solemn vows - Symeon Prince of Peace, CA Priest - Damien
  6. 4 points
    OneHeart

    From prostitute to penitent?

    This is probably a self-contradictory question but I'm going to ask anyway ...... Does anyone know of either (1) any nun [living] who is a former prostitute and is now a genuine penitent? And/or (2) any priest who would be or is a good spiritual director for such a type? So now you know why I say this is self-contradictory -- because such a person is probably very hidden as a penitent and no one knows her! But if anyone has any personal knowledge of someone who is truly living as a penitent in religious life, and if that person would be willing to talk with me, could you please contact me directly? I am a former prostitute, a penitent, and want to enter religious life, and I think my primary charism has to include clearly being a penitent. So I'm not just looking for an Order that is penitential (any decent Order would, of course, include penance of various kinds), but an Order, or a way of life, that is for actual penitents. So I'm first of all looking for anyone who has gone before me in this. Looking for guidance. But also looking for an Order. Thanks and may God richly bless everyone here!!
  7. 3 points
    dominicansoul

    It’s been two years...

    Please please pray for Chester’s soul...
  8. 3 points
    Luigi

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph (eastern United States). Here are the men who will profess first vows on August 15 Solemnity of the Assumption). Aspirants will be received Monday, July 22, and be clothed as novices on August 8th (feast of St. Dominic)
  9. 3 points
    Nunsuch

    New Community forming, Marian Franciscans

    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.
  10. 3 points
    chrysostom

    Opening of new Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral)

    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.
  11. 3 points
    Kayte Postle

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hiya Pham. Finally took the plunge and ordered tickets to fly to discern with the sisters! Honestly I'm so nervous, and a little frightened. It feels like this is the last chance I will ever have at religious life (even though I'm quite sure that's not true). I've also been growing in appreciation of married life, and might be confusing that with a call (also cute Catholic boys don't make things any easier). I am excited to go in retreat in early September and hopefully the Lord will speak loud and clear. Please pray for me as I prep for this retreat, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Work has had some bumps in the road, but I have talked with my leadership team and my doctors (as the bumps were mental health related). We've gotten things all figured out, and it's smooth sailing now. I started working from home today, and it has done a lot to ease my anxiety. I'm going to continue to pray for you all, and please pray for me!
  12. 3 points
    Papist

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  13. 3 points
    dUSt

    Radio Garden

    Does anybody else listen to radio stations around the world with Radio Garden? https://radio.garden/ It's cool. Just move around and zoom in anywhere to listen to local radio stations around the globe. Lots of Catholic stations too. From their site: "By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places. From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away."
  14. 3 points
    Antigonos

    Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker

    I apologize for the irreverence -- but what is their charism/apostolate? Carpentry?
  15. 3 points
    Brianna

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Aspirant Clare will enter as a postulant on August 2nd at the Poor Clare Colettines of Cleveland (on Rocky River Drive).
  16. 3 points
    chrysostom

    Church's teaching on going to a doctor of a different faith

    If a doctor wanted me to get into transcendental yoga to address a health issue, I would find another doctor. If a doctor was into transcendental yoga but didn't bring it into the treatment I would be fine. Before she passed away my Gran was disturbed by a caretaker who instead of just assisting her with some treatments tried to foist traditional remedies from his homeland on her. Sounds like you don't have all the info you need though. If they don't charge for a first consultation, you might try a first meeting and prepare some questions relating to her medical practices including traditional eastern medicine etc. That would clear it up better than we can on here...
  17. 3 points
    Sister Leticia

    Discernment Questions...

    Hello Ave - You haven't said what sort of communities you're in touch with. The type of questions you would ask (and we could suggest) would depend on whether you're talking to an order like the Franciscans of the Renewal or MCs, or to a very strict, very enclosed monastery, or missionaries, or a very new, small community or... Also, if the communities you're in touch with have websites or social media, you might well find there are some questions you don't need to ask, as the information will be online. But what you read there might lead to different questions, for clarification. But don't forget that the questions will be a 2-way flow! It isn't only you taking a look at the sisters - they will be taking a look at you too, and wanting to get to know you better, and see if what is deepest within you can resonate with what is deepest within them and their charism. So, do spend some time considering the questions Sr Christina has suggested, and maybe others too. Blessings!
  18. 3 points
    CatherineM

    Mantilla

    We were both awarded Papal knighthoods a year and a half ago. I’m a Dame Commander of the Order of St. Sylvester. It was in recognition of the work we do with people with mental illnesses and mental disabilities. It came with a parchment in Latin that I can’t read and a big Medal. It also allows me to ride a horse in St. Peter’s Square. Side-saddle I guess. It’d have to be a really big horse My husband can wear a sword in the presence of the Pope. Although the likelihood that the Swiss Guard would allow a 6’5” schizophrenic anywhere near him with a sabre is unlikely. It’s the award that Michael Corleone is getting at the start of Godfather III. I hate this kind of thing, but getting to meet the Pope is worth the embarrassment of having the Archbishop call me Dame Catherine every time he sees me. I think I’ve picked this one.
  19. 3 points
    dUSt

    6th July - St Maria Goretti Feast

    My church is named after St Maria Goretti. Love her!
  20. 3 points
    little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

    Hide and seek
  21. 3 points
    little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  22. 2 points
    AveMariaMaterDei

    convent cake thread

    Sister, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary... Love their cakes! 25th year as a Sister, Slave of the IHM... Final Profession... First Profession... New Novices... New Postulants...
  23. 2 points
    cappie

    Opening of new Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral)

    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)
  24. 2 points
    cappie

    SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    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.
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points
    Nunsuch

    New Community forming, Marian Franciscans

    I'm curious. If other communities--well established and so on--are already doing these ministries, why is a new community necessary?
  27. 2 points
    Ice_nine

    Trump Is KKK

    Josh, this is a crazy world. Is Trump racist? I don't know. He certainly appears to be a narcissist, and the opinions of a narcissist (being self-centered and shallow) are not something I care to obsess about. He does whatever is best for him and what best feeds his delusion of grandeur. I don't care what he thinks about race. It's probably shallow and self-centered. It's kind of boring. I know he's the leader of the free-world, but, the more people attack Trump the more riled up his base becomes, the more rabid and insane the left becomes, and the folks on both sides just dig their heels in deeper. This has been the ultimate corollary to the breach of "don't feed the trolls"
  28. 2 points
    little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  29. 2 points
    dominicansoul

    Stranger Things

    Honestly, Netflix really kinda sux. Their movie choices aren't all that great. I would not subscribe to them, only watch Stranger Things and then cut if off...except I have so many people using my account... lol!
  30. 2 points
    Seven77

    From prostitute to penitent?

    God bless you, OneHeart!
  31. 2 points
    andibc

    New website for Elysburg Carmel

    Wonderful nuns, extraordinary form. https://www.elysburgcarmelites.org/
  32. 2 points
    Not A Mallard

    Interdimensional Aliens? Time Travelers? Fallen Angels? Government Technology?

    As much as I like science fiction, I'm skeptical about the existence of aliens, or at least ones that aren't caused by demonic illusions; even Saint Thomas Aquinas discussed the possibility of fallen angels putting on such illusions ("Angels and Aliens" - Catholic.com). As I've heard argued before, Mary's the Queen of Heaven; why would a human be the Queen of Heaven if there's an unfallen race out there that would be more worthy of that title?
  33. 2 points
    Seven77

    Would Donald Trump make a great Catholic!?

    Yes, it would a great if he became Catholic, a truly believing and living Catholic, a Christian, a divinized follower of Jesus Christ. Probably--- Definitely, the only way to get him be a decent human being who does good not to please anyone but only to please God. I also pray I become really Catholic too. That would be amesome.
  34. 2 points
    andibc

    New website for Elysburg Carmel

    Regarding Elysburg, there is such an abundance of the vocations that it was discerned that Fairfield should be a new foundation. Elysburg continues to have entrances (two this summer) and professions. Next month Cardinal Burke will preside at a clothing. The renovations have been made and they even have a new timber frame barn for the cows and other animals.
  35. 2 points
    Hna.Caridad

    Radio Garden

    I had never heard of this! This, my friend, has changed my life. I can see into my future countless hours of listening to the fine music of Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the D.R., Vietnam, Nigeria, Angola, Fiji, Iraq, the Philippines, Cameroon, Bolivia, Brazil... Yes, my friend, my life has been changed!
  36. 2 points
    Seven77

    Radio Garden

    Cool. I didn't know that this existed. At first, I thought this was about planting radios in flowerbeds and waiting in vain for them to blossom.
  37. 2 points
    dUSt

    Phatmass Homepage has new stuff...

    Click on the "Home / News" button in the menu. The phatmass homepage has a news feed that combines Catholic news from several sites, and now has Fr Pontifex's weekly reflection were he talks about the upcoming Gospel reading for Sunday's mass.
  38. 2 points
    Anomaly

    Phatmass Homepage has new stuff...

    Glad to see you back in action.
  39. 2 points
    dUSt

    CS Lewis' Space Trilogy Book Discussion

    Wait, we have to READ the book? I thought I was just gonna have to buy it and then talk about it.
  40. 2 points
    little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Military service
  41. 2 points
    Nunsuch

    Discernment Questions...

    I would emphasize questions on spirituality. There are, for example, many (often hundreds) of communities with similar ministries, but their spiritual praxis varies considerably. And that, after all, is the central focus of religious life. This also applies to contemplative congregations. Do they emphasize litanies and vocal prayers other than the Office? Do they focus on mental prayer? Do they emphasize Eucharistic adoration? There is not a right or wrong here, but what you would find enriching and compatible with your spirituality.
  42. 2 points
    Seven77

    Pope Francis gives relics of St Peter to Orthodox

    Saw this yesterday… It is a great symbolic gesture. Very hopeful. Let's continue to pray for unity with the Orthodox because what a great witness to the world reunification among apostolic Christians would be… The next step after that would be that other Christians would want to join in our Communion.
  43. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Discernment Questions...

    An important part of the process will probably be "getting to know yourself," especially in regard to religious life... Do you have certain talents/interests that you feel called to use? How much silence/solitude can you handle? Do you feel called to a more contemplative or more active community? Do you have other limitations or considerations to take into account? Are you more drawn to a traditional community or less? Some of this you may know already; other aspects you may very well learn in the process of visiting communities, etc. This was the case for me when i was trying to find out "where I belonged."
  44. 2 points
    dUSt

    Mantilla

    Tell the pope I said wassup.
  45. 2 points
    Dymphna

    From prostitute to penitent?

    The Sisters of Bethany are also in Germany and Switzerland (and possibly other places in Europe). The Swiss branch is predominantly contemplative, the German branch has an interesting history: They used to be contemplatives, but after WWII they were asked by a bishop to take care of the many children who had lost their parents in the war. And they were willing to do that! They are now active and running children's homes. One of the (German) sisters told me that they still are/have sisters "with a past", who learn in the novitiate how to tell their CV without causing suspicion. So I think they would be a good starting point, and since many Germans are happy to communicate in English, here is their (German) website - the Google translator does a good job and at the bottom of their front page you can find contact details: https://www.bethanien-op.org
  46. 2 points
    deusluxmea

    Mantilla

    Just want to say how amesome! Hope it’s a wonderful experience.
  47. 2 points
    Lilllabettt

    Discernment Questions...

    Ask: If you can have a copy of the constitutions If the mail is read, coming or going What outside communication is permitted to postulants, novices, and the professed. If they are a public association of the faithful, diocesean, or pontifical How long their formation process is The size of the community, size of a typical formation class, and whether sisters are transferred between houses. Do the sisters receive spiritual direction and who provides it? When was their last final profession?
  48. 2 points
    cappie

    Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Jesus understands the way of the heart. Again and again what moved Jesus to work and to weep, to help and to heal, was a heart of compassion. At the very heart of Jesus’ good news was compassion, which literally means “to suffer together” with another person. “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” he says, “and do not let them be afraid.”[viii] He says repeatedly, “Do not be afraid.” “Learn from me,” he says, “for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus understands the way of the heart. After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, two disciples were walking to Emmaus and Jesus mysteriously joins them and shares conversation with them. How do they describe their experience with Jesus? They recalled, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road?” This is the shared language of the heart. In the late 17th century, a French nun had a vision of Jesus’ Heart. His heart was enwrapped in thorns and ablaze in flames; ascending from the top of Jesus’ heart was the cross. Though in earlier centuries, many people had reported mystical visions of Jesus’ heart, this particular image of Jesus’ heart – with flames, and thorns and a cross – literally caught fire. This became the image of devotion for The Sacred Heart of Jesus: the ring of thorns, the flames, the cross. The flames are a symbol of love kindled. What is being burned by this fire of love: fear, despair, hopelessness, inadequacy, dread, sadness, grief, loneliness. The sacred heart of Jesus, on fire with love for you. Then there’s the crown of thorns borne by our Savior. If we remember back to Jesus’ meeting with the Apostle Thomas following the resurrection, it was only after Thomas saw and touched the wounds on Jesus’ hands and in his side that Thomas could fully believe that this was Jesus, the crucified, resur­rected Jesus, the Savior. Jesus is the wounded healer. Jesus’ compassion for the suffering of humankind is not just historical; Jesus’ compassion is present now, his heart broken open for the world, and for you. And then the image of the cross atop the Jesus’ heart: Jesus’ cross and your cross, the cross or crosses you have taken up in life, what has just killed you in life, and yet you live again. For biblical Jews, the heart did not so much represent that extraordinary muscle that beats in our chests as much as the unity and singleness of human beings. If the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is about anything it is about the symbol of the heart, the heart is seen as the center and symbol of the deepest expressions of love. The focus of devotion is based entirely upon the symbolism of the heart. It is the symbolism that imparts meaning and unity, and it is this symbolism that the artistic representation of the wounded heart of Jesus attempts to complete. From a time that is only a vague memory in humanity’s history; people have resorted to symbolic expressions of things that they have found mysterious and inexplicable. The representation of the heart of Jesus is something of a sensible sign of Jesus’ senselessly limitless and entirely inexplicable love for humanity and the representation of a wounded heart is meant to recall the invisible wound of this love; the heart of God broken in our rejection of that love. Since in images of the Sacred Heart, the symbolic expression must dominate all else, anatomical accuracy is not sought anymore than it is sought in this icon. Any such accuracy would injure the devotion by rendering the symbolism less evident. Since the heart is above all else an emblem of love, the devotion is entirely to the love of Jesus. So if we honor the Sacred Heart we in fact honor the love of Jesus for humanity through a symbol, a metaphor, because words fail when we attempt to give expression to what cannot be literally expressed. God’s love is everywhere manifested. In Jesus, the God-man, it is uniquely expressed in that his divine love and his human love are inseparable as are his divine and human natures. I think that it is important to remember that Jesus had a human heart and that the human heart, in its fullest and most authentic expression, never lies far from the very heart of God. The Sacred Heart of Jesus draws us to those truths.
  49. 2 points
    Martyneeky

    FREE CATHOLIC BOOKS

    FREE CATHOLIC EBOOKS Download and read Free catholic books from https://maryourhelp.org/Ebooks.html The Catholic Ebooks found on the website are divided into various categories which includes: Ebooks on saints, Ebook on all ecumenical councils, Ebooks on angels, St augustine of hippo e-books, Catholic books, Catholic encyclopedia, Books on catholic theology, E-books on christology, Books on mariology, Books on eucharist, E-books on exorcism, Books on marian apparitions, Books on papal encyclical, Marian e-books, Books on martyrs, Books on miracles, Books on st joseph, E-books on purgatory, E-books on monks & hermits, Book on all the church's constitutions, declarations and decrees, Ebooks on trinity, Books on vulgate. Free catholic ebooks link: https://maryourhelp.org/Ebooks.html
  50. 2 points
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    I Kiss the Wounds Happy Feast of Corpus Christi, everyone!!! This has always been a personal favorite of mine – I can’t help that my given name was/is Christina and I was born right around this feast day…

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