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  1. 4 points
    Sister Leticia

    ICYMI - Sr Catherine's tips for isolation

    You may well have seen this already - a cloistered Dominican shares some tips for those who have to isolate due to Coronavirus. And if I'm not mistaken, she used to be a regular and valued part of this family? https://www.nj.com/opinion/2020/03/im-a-nun-and-ive-been-social-distancing-for-29-years-here-are-tips-for-staying-home-amid-coronavirus-fears.html Hoping you are all well, and in good spirits. I realise some of you might be facing the disappointment of cancelled Come & See weekends or longer visits, or other vocation-related plans might seem to be falling apart thanks to this unprecedented emergency. Let us hold each other, and all our loved ones, in prayer.
  2. 3 points
    islandanchoress

    ICYMI - Sr Catherine's tips for isolation

    I have been alone in terms of family etc for literally decades. Also unable to work for as long as that. There were hard and desolate times. But we are adaptable and versatile beings. We can and do adapt to survive. Over the years loneliness eased as I adapted and solitude in very real terms became my preference. Now I live as an anchoress on a small offshore island that has few facilities. I have not been offisland for nearly 18 months and have no plans or needs to do that. My health issues are not life threatening unless I catch an infection so solitude means peace and health. As others have said the internet is a source of so much. As is handcrafting . I traded my knitting, hand made rosaries etc at craft fairs and street markets for many yeas before I got too old ( nearly 80 now) and still knit for sale etc. I am never lonely now; always alone. Also I have 6 cats, all rescues, whose adoration is a wonder! It is what you each decide to make of it. I mourned for years, and that was needed probably. But there is a time for mourning and a time to set tears aside and to pick up that precious thread of life again. And trust me on this, this next phase will be far richer and deeper in love than anything that has gonv before. It is saying YES PLEASE! With a full and willing heart. I AM HERE, LORD!
  3. 3 points
    underatree

    Former Nuns

    Leaving religious life was the hardest thing I have ever done, by far. My community had a number of significant problems, not least of which was that the novice mistress was highly controlling and manipulative. The wrong sort of expression on your face could lead to an hour’s scolding and questioning whether you were really in a state of grace and whether you had possibly committed some secret sin. She had/has serious anger/control issues and not having to deal with her is certainly one of the joys of secular life! I don’t have an interest in returning to my previous community (it’s been about five years since I left) but remain interested in religious life. I originally entered pretty young, swept up in all the vocations happytalk. Now I have a much better idea of what kind of spirituality/life/ministry fits me, and what kind of community I can live with.
  4. 3 points
    DameAgnes

    Slideshow: Sr. Lucia Maria's 1st Profession OP

    https://aleteia.org/2020/03/20/exclusive-photos-a-triumph-of-faith-and-love-in-the-face-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
  5. 3 points
    cappie

    Spiritual Communion

    Churches are temporarily closing in some parts of the world as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. While that has not happened here yet, It is good to be prepared for times when we are prevented from being at Mass, and Christians would not wish to feel isolated from their Christian community's worship or indeed cut off from Holy Communion. Within the practice of the Christian church is the sometimes overlooked ‘Spiritual Communion.’ Of course presence at Mass is a priority, for ourselves and in order for us to encourage others and to worship God together. Spiritual Communion is a straightforward devotional practice for anyone. If you cannot physically be present at Mass you can pause, be still, and in imagination and prayer focus on the Mass and express ‘ardent desire’ to receive communion. St Teresa of Avila wrote that when you cannot be present at Mass “you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you”
  6. 3 points
    Antigonos

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Just keep saying to yourself, "I'm free, white, and over 21!" No, seriously, don't. But the over 21 part is apt. You are an adult; you make the choices, for good or ill, for yourself. Sure, it helps to know that you've got a phamily behind you when you need them, but if that's not possible, remember you are an independent adult. If you enter, your phamily in religion will support you, and indeed, they will become your primary phamily. Take everything one day at a time. We are all rooting for you.
  7. 3 points
    Maryla

    Introvert in a Convent

    I'm and introvert and psychologist (with PhD in psychology of religion and spirituality). I have also experience in discerning religious call and living in convent for over one year. There is often misunderstanding about this who is introvert. Introvert is person who gaining energy and loading battery while is alone. Extrovert loading batter while is with people. Being shy or insecure is something different. This mean having low self esteem. You should work with your spiritual director to be less shy and less insecure. To answer your question I think that convent is for all types of personalities and both, introvert and extrovert can find a good place in the monastery. Both introverts and extroverts can find blessing and challenges in the convent. Monastery is like a big family with crowd of people what can be blessing for extroverts and challenge for introverts. Quiet prayer or reading in your monastic cell can be blessing for introverts and challenge for extroverts. In my monastery I asked for more sabbatical, quiet days and I get permission for this. It was like vacations for me. However challenges are good for learning and growth. We are learning overcoming our limitations, being more open to others and thinking about needs of other sisters, not only about our own comfort. This is why we are in way to holiness in the monastery. God bless you!
  8. 2 points
    Fam, it's vital that we keep up with the practice of our faith every day no matter what. Watch the Holy Mass– – this should be obvious of course – – but also watch the Daily Mass as well if you were going in person before the pandemic went down. Also, it's good to know that other prayers and the Divine Office, retreats and talks, live stream Adoration, etc. are also being made available at this time. how amesome is it that all this technology is in place for such a time of crisis such as this? Yes, it isn't the same – – but it's something. Join in praying for a massive renewal of faith that will continue after this is all over. Here is a list that is being expanded – – if you know of something that should be added, please go to the link at the top of the sheet and please add it: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-vM8zgUcYra0_c8lIpsYtSAGfEkFzJ_k1dUqSB0u1yw/edit#gid=0 are there any other lists like this out there?
  9. 2 points
    Norseman82

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  10. 2 points
    PhuturePriest

    Greetings, Plebs

    I have deigned to return. How is everyone? Are those from the old days still alive? Are you coping well with the whole Coronavirus thing? I am finishing out the last two months of my undergraduate days at the University of Dallas via online school and doing "off-site seminary formation" (whatever that means). I am currently drinking scotch out of a jam jar and watching Napoleon Dynamite for the first time. In other words, I am not coping well with the whole Coronavirus thing and am already getting quite bored with this "social distancing" affair. :| Do let me know if you're still alive. Or don't. I'll probably forget about this thread in the morning.
  11. 2 points
    Lilllabettt

    Consecrated Virgin vs. Consecrated Woman

    Can you expand on how the vocation of someone in a secular institute jives with the definition of consecrated life being a "public escatological sign"? Fr Scott says the document he mentions defines consecrated life that way and explicitly includes secular institutes in that definition. But, I thought the vocation of secular institutes was that their consecration is hidden? They are not outwardly set apart?
  12. 2 points
    Nunsuch

    An inspiring story

    This was published in the New York Times, and tells about how the Sisters in Philadelphia, USA, responded to the horrible influenza epidemic of 1918. May we remember these foremothers now. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-nuns.html
  13. 2 points
    underatree

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    I know a priest associated with this secular institute (Carmelite spirituality): http://www.notredamedevie.org/en/ I think it’s still mostly in French-speaking countries but he said they’ve been expanding over the past few years. I have a book by their founder, who was a Carmelite friar and who I think is now a Blessed. Very beautiful spirituality and life, certainly worth a look.
  14. 2 points
    OneHeart

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    I'm discerning secular institutes. I'm a secular Carmelite (fully professed OCDS) and when I entered, I thought that because there is an optional vow, that it was a consecration. I was totally excited because for circumstantial reasons I can't enter a community. I thought yay! God remberede and I have a vocation. I was so excited. But it's not consecration. But by the time I figured that out I was already way into formation so I decided to stay. I love Carmel,and half a loaf is better than none. But I want to give my whole self and be received. I explained to my President about my disappointment at not being able to be consecrated, but wasn't directed to Secular Institutes. I discerned religious life for a bit and am very drawn to it. I want to be consecrated to God alone. But community life isn't essential, and because of circumstances I have to stay "in the world". The circumstances are, I believe, the Lord's call on my life. So although I visited a community and really liked it, and they liked me, I've decided I have to stay in the world. Then I learned about Institutes just recently. And my SP had me draw up a rule of life for now, but it's private and I sense there is more. Then I heard about the Leaven last month!. I'm thinking about contacting them. I've always been drawn to St.Catherine of Sienna and I thought OCSD was like what she did. And St. Margaret of Cortona. Consecration --- like being a nun but on your own. I would like to wear a habit too but if God choses to hide me, then ok. I contacted the President or someone at the USA secular institutes but she hasn't responded to me. I'm interested in consecration with a carmelite contemplative charism. Are there others besides the Leaven? I'm in USA. I can afford travel. Prayer and penance. Silence and intercession. Union with God. Can I get more information? Jesus loves us!
  15. 2 points
    dUSt

    Streaming Mass During the COVID-19 Quarantine

    I added Bishop Barron's daily mass to the phatmass homepage: http://www.phatmass.com Anybody else have any other favorite streaming daily/Sunday mass sources?
  16. 2 points
    St. Elizabeth Ann

    Orders for people with celiac?

    I don't have Celiac's, I'm only gluten intolerant, so I may not be that much help. But all of the communities I've visited have been able to accommodate me (though contamination isn't a problem for me, so you will have to probably investigate more than I did on their preparation methods). The Poor Clares at the Bethlehem Monastary in Virginia, the Nashville Dominicans, and the Daughters of the Virgin Mother have all been able to feed me without me getting sick. I wish you the best and hope they can give you some more information!
  17. 2 points
    Norseman82

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  18. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  19. 2 points
    little2add

    Covid-19

  20. 2 points
    little2add

    Covid-19

    today's Sunday mass prayer
  21. 2 points
    This worked out really well!! When I subsribed yesterday night there were around 500 subscibers, now they are close to 1500!
  22. 2 points
    BarbaraTherese

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    Hi Faustina My post might might have been misleading perhaps I think and my apologies if so. Congratulations and blessings on your making your dedication next year. Please do not think that what I am about to write is addressed to you personally, Faustina - it is a general comment and my own opinion re Secular Orders and New Age type of thought and theology. Personally............ ...........I am all for Secular Institutes and think it is a beautiful and holy vocation - a Divinely inspired addition to consecrated life. I embrace Vatican II, which really was a breath of fresh air for me, I could breathe at last! I am faithful to The Church and Pope Francis and pray and hope to remain so until death. New Age type of thinking is complex to explain to me other than it is not Christocentric...but the Church has addressed the issue in a very long document speaking against new age type of thought and theology, and I quote very briefly from it below: : http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html#2.3. The fundamental principles of New Age thinking I do not think that The Church has to fall in line with modern society, rather I think that The Church has to understand/interpret modern society and discern how to respond to it fruitfully with how to draw people to Jesus and His Gospel, His Church: I agree that we need to find new ways to respond to the world while remaining faithful to Jesus and His Gospel and Church. "You who know how to read the signs of the weather but cannot read the signs of the times" (Matthew Chapter 16)
  23. 2 points
    Faustina86

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    Barbara, Sounds like you’ve lived a fulfilled life for the lord so far. I could probably learn a lot from you. The USA can be pretty liberal but we do have our traditional Catholics, myself included. Even though the vocation I am discerning is considered a vocation of the new millennium I am very traditional and see the beauty in the traditional orders. But we also need to find new ways to reach people in the heart of the world and to relate to them so I think secular institutes is a beautiful way to do that. And it also made consecrated life a possibility for me as I was born with a rare form cerebral palsy and didn’t think consecrated life could be possible for me. I did a lot of research and a lot of discernment, some trial and error, but eventually I came across Caritas Christi and I felt at home ever since. God willing I will make my first dedication next year. ☺️. Thank you for sharing and checking out Caritas Christi. Many people might feel the call to this form of consecrated life but not know about it which is why I like to share the vocation. Thank you for stopping by and sharing encouragement. Prayers for you and your particular discernment!☺️
  24. 2 points
    UndividedlyHis

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    I am not really discerning this Vocation (though of course my heart is very open to Jesus and what He in His love has for me!) but I just wanted to drop by and leave a quick comment how much I admire Secular Institutes and everyone living out this beautiful Vocation faithfully for God. I think it requires special people with beautiful hearts for God and His Church and your faith inspires me. God bless!!
  25. 2 points
    Anastasia (L&T)

    Impeach abortion

    Why does this sentiment feel so rare among pro-lifers?
  26. 2 points
    Lilllabettt

    Did I sin?

    As far as you know, the company might want her contact info to invite her to a debate. Or to recruit her to a new job away from PP. Having pp's contact info is morally neutral.
  27. 2 points
    Luigi

    2020 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    From the Dominican contemplative nuns in Ireland: "January 13 We share with you some photos taken after Melanie our postulant received the habit on the Eve of Epiphany – she is now Sr Léonie Marie. She is pictured here with Sr Maria Breidge (our other novice) and some community sisters."
  28. 2 points
    Luigi

    2020 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    From the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena, Newcastle, Natal - this is an English congregation of sisters. I think a member of the Phamily may have entered this congregation a few years ago. The news below is from their mission in South Africa: "March 8 at 11:09 AM · What a weekend it has been! We give thanks to God with great joy for the new vocations With which He has gifted us. On Friday, Minh Ja, Ngan and Andiswa were received into the Pre-Novitiate. Early Saturday morning, Sister Sifundo was received into the Novitiate and clothed in the habit, and later four Sisters made their a first Profession: Sister Sphelele, Sister Nonhlanhla, Sister Maria Tam and Sister Maria Thuy. We beg God’s blessing on each of our Sisters, that He May strengthen and guide them day by day in their journey to Him." Another sister made final profession on 15 February.
  29. 2 points
    Adviser/asker

    Church position on angel cards

    Thank you. I will buy the one with Gabriel on it. I will probably get more than one, but that one is definitely on my list. Thank you!
  30. 2 points
    Adviser/asker

    Church position on angel cards

    Alright then. I will go outside and burn them. Oh! I love that picture! I will screenshot it with the accompanying prayers. I can’t believe I thought those mere white oracle cards were prettier than this beautiful red!
  31. 2 points
    KnightofChrist

    Church position on angel cards

    Gabriel would never involve himself with mediums. You can't cut away the original intent for the cards or why they were created. The hold these cards have over you is troubling. You can get actual prayer cards, created for Catholic prayer. If I knew you personally I would glad to give you some I have. You can through the angel oracle cards in the fireplace or trash. Let them go. This is one of my Prayer Cards, no vague messages to cutaway.
  32. 2 points
    UndividedlyHis

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Kayte, I don’t really know you (also, this is my first post on here, yay!) but I’ve been reading your thread for a while and I’m familiar with your journey and the trials you’ve been going through. It looks like you have been through a lot, and God has carried you through many difficulties on your path to following His will for your life. I admire your beautiful heart for Him and your perseverance. I think this new opportunity and this beautiful community are like a miracle He has given you, a new chance to grow closer to Him and discover His will for you. Please do not let anyone take that away from you, or shift your focus from following Him through this community. In most cases, our parents do love us very much, but there is often a bit (or not a bit) of selfishness hidden in that love, if it’s not rooted completely in Christ - they often want us to do what they believe is better, according to their own standards, rather than give ourselves wholly to God and do His will. They often want to get something “out of us”, even if it’s just our company - and religious life goes against that desire! For now, you believe His will is that you explore this call to become His bride in this community, so stay strong in Him and don’t look back! As Catholics we are to honor our parents, but nowhere does it say we also have to let them decide what we do with our lives. Look at your Beloved, at your Heavenly Father, and pray for strength to remain firm. Perhaps the Lord has allowed this to help you learn detachment from family, and He’s waiting for you to take this step to take you closer to Him and to fulfilling your vocation. You are not alone. As for the VD not getting in touch as fast as usual, please do not worry before you actually have to. Nothing has actually been done on their part to make you worried. Sometimes things like that happen. My sisters have once disappeared all of a sudden and I thought the community decided not to discern with me anymore. But they were just busy. I think we should always be prepared for difficulties and obstacles when we try to fulfill our vocations, as the tempter never wants that - because he knows that the vocation God has given you will take you closer to Him! My SD has always said (my family situation is similar to yours) that if one is indeed called to RL and they live it out in a holy way, that brings a huge blessing and a lot of grace on their family, too, eventually. And often it helps bring that family to God and Holy Mother Church, even if it seemed impossible. Leave your parents in God’s hands. That has really helped me. please forgive me for any possible mistakes as I am from Europe and English is not my first language
  33. 2 points
    Luigi

    2020 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    From Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament (Dominican Nuns) in Farmington Hills, Michigan: "Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and World Day of Consecrated Life. What a joy for us as one of our postulants, Sr. Mary Beth Ley, received the Dominican habit, taking the new name of Sr. Mary Joseph of the Precious Blood." Pictures on their FB page
  34. 1 point
    monica_margaret

    List of Catholic Streaming and Online Resources (Masses, Prayers, Devotions, Retreats)

    Another online thing I found; the Franciscan Sisters of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother (I subscribe to their newsletter) talked about a virtual Lenten retreat they have, if anyone is interested. It will be available "indefinitely", apparently, and you can divide it up however you wish to fit your schedule! https://www.franciscansisterstor.org/events/lenten-retreat-2020
  35. 1 point
    beatitude

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    Married people can become members of the OCDS. (Couples are called to live chastely too, which in their case would mean being faithful to their spouses.) Marriage would be their vocation, and membership of the OCDS would be an expression of their spirituality, whereas members of secular institutes have received a call to live in celibacy. The consecrated single life is their vocation.
  36. 1 point
    little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  37. 1 point
    islandanchoress

    Covid-19

    In Ireland here. On a small offshore island.. I am both old ( nearly 80) and with serious health issues so in fact have been living isolation for several years; also my calling is as my username says. It needs accustoming to develop the balance you need and trust me that using the internet makes is many times easier. If you realise that then there will be no " mental health issues". We are created to be adaptable and versatile. When I was a child and later in life we needed not to think in terms of exercise as we walked everywhere, gardened, ie occupational exercise. A brisk walk is excellent. Spring cleaning.... Just now the anxiety and uncertainty are the damaging elements, waking each day to shocking new stats. the uncertainty. Not just the practicalities and uncertainties re jobs and income. Exercise will help that too; get out into the air. Listen to the birdsong, look for flowers and leaves.Out here on the small island I go out in the small hours, like the anchoresses of old, when there is deep peace and silence. Someone mentioned mass in an empty church with a "lonely priest"? Jesus is with every priest at every mass. Come on now! We in Ireland have been and are livestreaming mass widely. I cannot attend so choose a different online mass week by week even before covid. Look at and for the positive in this hard situation. We have wonderful responses from far flung communities who are rallying to support and provide eg shopping etc for those of us living alone and unable to get out and with the increasing restrictions. See if there is help needed locally?
  38. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    Yes. I was speaking about a private vow or vows - not connected in any way to secular institutes, although the dedicated single life is also a vocation in The Church. I must underscore that this thread is about secular institutes and a great honour in The Church. Since private vows has come up, I just would like to round things off if I can. I think we need to remember that nothing whatsoever on any level is higher nor better, more perfect, than God's Will - some might find they are called by God to nursing for example or perhaps to the military, even accounting as another example - any role in life in fact...........no vow public or private, consecration nor dedication involved. Such a vocational call and God's Will for a person is still a vocation (vocare - to call) by virtue of God's Will calling and taken up. The person is committed (and foundational to vocation per se) discerning it is God's Will for him or her and discernment at any level is always prudently and wisely done with spiritual direction. Pope Benedict recommends that spiritual direction is for anyone "who wants to live their baptism responsibly" https://spiritualdirection.com/2011/05/19/pope-benedict-recommends-spiritual-direction-to-everyone Absolutely no one does not have a personal vocation at any time in their life, while we all have the general call to holiness. A personal vocation is in what manner or path God is calling one to achieve holiness. Formal vocations in The Church with consecration solely to God by The Church are where public vows are concerned, or Holy Orders for priests and deacons. Marriage for the married. There is also the eremitical life under Canon 603 and the Consecrated Virgin. These are all public consecrations by The Church. A committed single life in The Church as discerned as God's Will is a self dedication to God's Will with nothing formal/public within The Church. Dedicated singles are in the world for the world as are members of secular institutes. Consecrated vocations etc by The Church are taken out of the world for the world. even if they are living in the world. Any vow or promise, dedication, to God must be fulfilled under the virtue of Religion. We must remember that we are promising, vowing or whatever before God! For that reason, it is an extremely important to know what one is doing and why. Vocation is a call to to build on our baptism. Private vows and dedication is more easily dispensed than those under some form of public consecration. But to take up the private vows or dedication because it is easily dispensed is certainly a most imperfect motivation - full commitment too is lacking. And commitment to whatever is the foundation of vocation per se. Motivation however for any vocation can be purified as the journey goes on. But it is a sin of presumption to presume that that will occur. It is a different matter to hope it will occur and this is one area only where spiritual direction comes in. With private vows, the terms of obedience under the private vow of obedience can be spelt out in one's rule of life even with "t's crossed"and "i's dotted", as can the private vows of poverty and chastity. My mind boggles that God's Will should fall upon me or anyone for any reason whatsoever. It is the highest action and act of God (with any content whatsoever) on earth to, for and with His creatures who are but dust and we all will return to dust. The Will of God, God The Almighty, is totally humbling and amesome, stunning, sensational and bewitching. God's Will as The Ultimate Perfection - By St Alphonsus Liguori https://www.catholicbible101.com/godswillourwill.htm . To study the theology of God's Will is astonishing, humbling - and more than well worth the effort. Please return to the subject of secular institutes and please do be forgiving that I have diverted from it somewhat.
  39. 1 point
    Luigi

    Covid-19

    St. Roch (San Rocco in Italian and San Roque in Spanish) was a French nobleman. He donated his money to the poor, and when the plague erupted, he ministered to the sick. When he contracted the plague himself, he went away into the woods to die alone, so as not to infect others - social distancing even in the Middle Ages! But a dog brought him bread daily, and Roch recovered from the plague. He is now considered a patron of the sick and of dogs. (I grew up in St. Roch's parish, so I've known about him all my life. He's often depicted with his gown raised, to show a plague wound on his leg, and with a dog by his side.) His feast day is August 16th. Here is the traditional Prayer to St. Roch, which I suggest we pray for Covid-19 patients: O Blessed Saint Roch, Patron of the sick, Have pity on those Who lie upon a bed of suffering. Your power was so great When you were in this world, That by the sign of the Cross, Many were healed of their diseases. Now that you are in heaven, Your power is not less. Offer, then, to God Our sighs and tears And obtain for us that health we seek Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  40. 1 point
    Faustina86

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    Hi OneHeart, What an interesting and inspiring journey you have been on so far in discerning your vocation. I went through a similar discernment with the Secular Carmelites and was curious about the vow aspect myself but discerned out when I was an aspirant because I still felt called to Consecrated Life. At the same time I came across my community Caritas Christi Secular Institute of Pontifical Right and started discerning with them. I went through a nine month preparation formation, I applied found out 2 months later I was accepted and then was officially received into the community November 1, 2018. Next year around this time I will be asking to take my first dedication/vows. So I am still experiencing my journey and discernment. One of the things I want to share about my community is that because we aren’t tied to a particular spirituality we can pray in whatever Catholic spirituality we feel called to. So even though we are not a Carmelite order you could still be a third order Carmelite and take vows in Caritas Christi our constitutions would not conflict with your way of life as a secular Carmelite . One of our members is actually a Benedictine Oblate. So if you would like to know more about my particular secular Institute here is our website. https://ccinfo.org Here is the directory of the secular institutes in the USA I’m not sure where you’re from. But if you’re curious about learning more about a particular secular institute I would suggest you contact them directly. https://secularinstitutes.org/institute-directory/ if you have any specific questions I’d be happy to answer them if I’m able to
  41. 1 point
    Antigonos

    ICYMI - Sr Catherine's tips for isolation

    The internet has been a big help during this period. Not only because of the many varied forums I am a member of, but because YouTube has a plethora of short films on just about every subject one can imagine. [There's a live webcam stream from the grotto at Lourdes, BTW]
  42. 1 point
    Lilllabettt

    Cutting out the negative

    Cutting off a brother is like cutting off an arm. You need your arm. And yet, if it is killing you - it has to go. Personally I like the boundaries made possible by using a telephone with toxic family. I don't take their call, I initiate it on my terms. And when my boundaries are crossed I hang up. Your mileage may vary... but thanks to the phone I havent needed to go no contact. The physical distance I have with them helps too.
  43. 1 point
    Tony

    Covid-19

    Being (near) quarantined, and knowing this virus is out there, makes this a very anxious time for many, so keep people's mental health in your prayers as well. Few suggestions for those going through a hard time.. Limit your exposure to news. Stay informed yes, but it an also be mind-numbing after a while. I suggest the same for social media, but make sure to check on others that might be having a hard time with all of this as well... and don't be afraid to reach out to others that are willing to listen. If feasible, get outside, go for a walk, a jog, etc. This is fine, and healthy, as long as you distance yourself from others. If not, (or maybe even if it is) try to do some kind of mini workout in your home. Crunches, push ups, lunges, anything. Exercise is good for both the mind and body. And of course.. pray. pray. pray.
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    little2add

    Covid-19

    May the good lord bless and protect our nurse’s and healthcare professionals from the COVID-19 scourge. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
  45. 1 point
    Faustina86

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    What Being a Member in a Secular Institute Looks Like: Three conditions are necessary for a secular institute to exist: Apostolate; Consecration; Secularity. Apostolate: is the work every Christian must realize to establish the Kingdom of God. Having encountered the love of Jesus Christ, every baptized person wishes that everyone could experience conversion that takes hold of one’s whole life. For a secular institute member, this conscience is even greater and becomes life’s raison d’être. Consecration: is the act through which a secular institute member makes the total giving of oneself to the Lord in view of the mission. By answering a personal calling from the Lord, through the means of consecration, the member choses the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience as the most excellent way to live out his gift to God. Every baptized person is called to live out the evangelical counsels since the Gospel is for everyone. Nevertheless, some persons decide to take a more definite step and ask the Church to recognize this gift. Secularity: is the fact of living in the world, with the world, to reveal God present. By exercising one’s profession, accepting family, professional, civic and social responsibilities, a secular institute member discovers the world as a mission field. This novelty in the Church gives a chance to laypersons to live out the Gospel’s radicalness in the world, while exercising their profession and being attentive to respond to apostolic opportunities that daily life brings. In the midst of the world that advances oftentimes without reference to God, secular institute members want to unite their profound consecration to God and their presence to the world. They commit themselves to vows: chastity: in a celibate lifestyle; to a life of poverty: that wants to be a path to share with the poor and an invitation to offer their time, friendship and professionalism to those most in need; to a life of obedience that renders them more attentive to the calls of the Spirit in life’s different moments. This way, living in the world, with the world, for the world, transforming it from the inside as leaven, salt and light, men and women members of secular institutes accept with generosity the mission Christ confided to them: to spread the Gospel to the four corners of the earth.
  46. 1 point
    UndividedlyHis

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    Thank you so much Faustina for such beautiful encouraging words and prayers! God bless and Mary keep you!
  47. 1 point
    BarbaraTherese

    The Unknown Vocation: Secular Institutes

    I had a look at my new diocesan website and everything connected to vocations is for religious nuns, sisters and priests and brothers but only in a very general way. No actual list of religious orders are on their website. Consecrated Virgins and Secular Institutes do not get a mention at all. The website is a nightmare to negotiate. Not impressed at all - saddened. Not surprised however. Quite some years ago I did apply to The Leaven, the Carmelite Third Order in Ireland http://theleaven.org.uk/. We exchanged numerous emails and they invited me to discern further on a distance formation basis providing I made one visit to them in Ireland first - but there was no way I could afford the trip. The Leaven is actually a Secular Order within Carmel, not a Third Order of seculars. They began as forming a religious community and later discerned a call to secular life.
  48. 1 point
    Adviser/asker

    Church position on angel cards

    Luigi I feel quite satisfied by what God gives me through religion and don’t feel that I need angel cards. I am just intrigued by angel cards and want to see if they work. I also appreciate their beauty and feel that it’s a waste not to use them. KnightofChrist Thank you for your answer. It makes perfect sense. I would love to send a picture of an angel card, but I don’t know how to send pictures. Do you know how?
  49. 1 point
    sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    http://ndfranciscans.org/fiat/involuntary-lenten-penance I know that, as faithful Catholics, we're urged to undertake some form of voluntary penance during the days of Lent (Sundays and probably solemnities not included). As kids, we were introduced to the practice of "giving up something" for Lent. I can remember saving up the restricted item to relish...
  50. 1 point
    Sister Leticia

    Carmelite Nun turns 100 years old!

    Thank you for sharing this, Nunsuch. The way Sister Eileen talks about her prayer and relationship with God at the end of the video is lovely. I noted she attended a school called Sacred Heart Academy - I'm wondering if it was one of the schools founded by my sisters in the USA?

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