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  1. gloriana35

    "I never thought I'd enter a monastery..."

    It is a warm and moving account - but I want to hear what she has to say 10 years from now. Certainly, many nuns are celebrating their 60th anniversaries, but too many accounts of religious life, which seem very lovely and positive, end with 'then I left and got married the following year.' (I saw such a post here, about a Carthusian.)
    4 points
  2. The really important thing here is not externals, such as dress (which can be nice), but rather the nature and sincerity of one's commitment. The religious I know who do not wear habits are every bit as vowed and committed as those who do. If we put too much emphasis on things like uniforms and sacramentals, we may lose sight of what really matters. It's sort of like those who spend so much time obsessing over their weddings that they lose sight of the lifelong marriage that is to follow!
    4 points
  3. gloriana35

    Canine conundrum

    My comment about 'it's not time yet' had to do with the original post, and our contributions. I myself am a solitary. Though I had been a religious Sister, illness prevented my continuing in community life (40 years ago), and I made private vows and was in various ministries. I did not recognise that I was going to end up as a solitary until I had been in vowed life for about 18 years. (Though I am urban.) It is a disciplined life - crafted around the liturgy - and contains no horror stories. We don't wear hair shirts or live on bread and water. :D But I would not recommend that anyone w
    3 points
  4. Akalyte

    Sup yall

    Hey yall. Its been a while! Still doing my music thing. Though a bit more political now, a lot of life changes and 2020 put a lot in my mind. How's everyone been? I've been working on a lot of stuff. I have a new youtube page. Warning, some of it is a bit harder than what I used to do. I have a lot more coming out...https://youtu.be/KsMLmgqor_c
    3 points
  5. PaxCordisJesu

    Discernment Books

    I thought I'd make a thread where people can post books that were helpful in their discernment. I'll start it off! Discerning Religious Life by Sister Clare Matthias, CFR. I just got this book on Kindle Friday, and it's amesome, I read it all in one day! wish I had had this book years ago!!! It has been and will continue to be so helpful in my discernment, I can honestly say that I am finally at peace in my discernment after what seems like ages of anxiety. It brought up a really good point that I had never heard of. Before, I thought discernment was something we all just had to do a
    3 points
  6. DameAgnes

    "I never thought I'd enter a monastery..."

    https://aleteia.org/2021/05/19/the-call-of-the-cloister/
    3 points
  7. dUSt

    Sup yall

    OLD SCHOOL!!! Love this one!
    3 points
  8. gloriana35

    "I never thought I'd enter a monastery..."

    "How can I ever live this life? Grace." Well, that applies to any life, but she hasn't even entered yet. Whatever is ahead, in any state of life, those of us who are devout hope God will give us the grace. I can't say 'that's what discernment is all about' - in fact, I think I'd be a bit puzzled if someone didn't have enthusiasm. I'd just prefer vocation stories from those who actually have found they were suite to the life. All of us started in formation or honeymoon time, whatever, but I actually prefer, even on Internet sites and videos from community, that those who are just entering, or
    3 points
  9. Ash Wednesday

    Am I the only person who actually DISAGREES with Father Altman's video?

    And I also think the cult of personality following of him, or any priest or podcaster for that matter, has to stop. I came across an image on twitter where someone photoshopped him and other prominent clergy and turned them into Avengers superheroes. It gave me serious second hand embarrassment. This kind of fame and adulation is just bad for priests and does them no favors.
    3 points
  10. PaxCordisJesu

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    Okay guys, I'm here to rant.. I really need to get this out of my system, so forgive me if this post is long and/or unintelligible! Just today I overheard someone saying some very nasty things about someone else, for no other reason than that they like the TLM. And I was like "what the heck is wrong with you?" I've seen so much if this, I am sick and tired of people hating on each other because they attend a different liturgy!!! Who cares! We're all Catholic and share the same beliefs, right? What does it matter if someone has different preferences? Both the OF and EF Forms of the Roman
    3 points
  11. dUSt

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    WHO GOT BANNED!?!? This is weird, but I often wonder about phatmassers who may have died, and we have no idea they are dead.
    3 points
  12. srmarymichael

    Were you scared?

    Many people fear what they think God might be calling them to. What they do not take into account is the GRACE that God gives when He calls. After God opened my heart and took away the lies (misconceptions) I was believing about the Consecrated Life, then I wanted it more than anything. The reason I knew it was a Real Call was because of the profound peace I had - I was detached in a new way from friends and material possessions and I just knew I had to go. One thing that is important to understand is that God only gives us the grace when it's time. When we look at things from a distan
    3 points
  13. dUSt

    Dust Yelled at Me Last Night

    I never raised my voice, but you know what you did, and you deserve any perception you imagined.
    3 points
  14. Nunsuch

    How to address a letter to a vocation director

    Dear Sister,
    2 points
  15. rosamundi

    Letting Go Of A Loved Animal Companion (aka Pet)

    I think the poster is a bot or spammer.
    2 points
  16. Filozofia

    New International Philosophy Program

    Hello! I am from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków, Poland. My faculty has some exciting news to share, and we are looking to get the word out beyond our Facebook page. We did some googling to find Catholic social media communities, and found Phatmass! I hope it is alright for us to share our new online education offer here UPJP2's graduate classes for the MA Philosophy in English program will be accessible online in this upcoming academic year. No previous education in philosophy is required to apply. We believe this online possibility will allow many people who are in
    2 points
  17. Ash Wednesday

    Positive Update on Father Corapi

    I am not really familiar with the website below, so note that I am just posting it as a source, but I am familiar with Jesse Romero, he is a pretty well known layman so I think it's credible. "Father Corapi had reconciled with his order. He’s living the life of a monk in a monastery...He will never speak in public again—by his choice and his superior’s choice as well." I know Father Corapi was a very popular priest on here and had some issues with his order and a situation that caused many to be concerned a while back, so I thought I would pass this along. He is getting advanced in y
    2 points
  18. truthfinder

    donations?

    One Poor Claire monastery I know was always really keen to get reams of printer paper and stamps. I’m sure most Carmels would feel the same way (or any note paper suitable for sending letters) if they send letters rather than emails.
    2 points
  19. InCordeJesuEtMariae

    donations?

    Praised be Jesus Christ! (The Carmelite greeting.) I’ve been in two Carmelite communities here in the US. The communities I was with the Externs don’t leave the monastery either. They rely on benefactors to go out and get their needs. I would suggest cash or gift cards so Reverend Mother can ask one of the benefactors to go and pick up what they need. Also, they don’t just eat fish and vegetables! Lol. Yes, that was a lot of what we ate because Carmelites don’t eat meat. What I mean is, nuns like to eat treats and sweets too when the occasion calls for it. They will
    2 points
  20. Nunsuch

    donations?

    If you are in the US, and you have a local supermarket that sells gift cards or certificates, that might be the way to go. That way, they can purchase anything they might need.
    2 points
  21. GraceUk

    donations?

    I dont have experience. But some cheese would be nice. And also book tokens. Any sort of cleaning materials would be appreciated I think. Not sure if Carmelites are allowed wine on special occasions.
    2 points
  22. little2add

    Vaccine Efficacy

    A prayer when this is over When this is over may we never again take for granted: A handshake with a stranger, full shelves at the store, conversations with neighbors, a crowded theater, Friday night out, the taste of communion, a routine checkup, the school rush every morning, coffee with a friend, the stadium roaring, each deep breath, a boring Tuesday, life itself. When this ends may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be. And may we stay that way-better for each other because of the worst. Unknown
    2 points
  23. Hufflepuff

    Canine conundrum

    It's funny that I came on here to look for this type of question, about leaving behind dogs. As one dog professional to another, I know what you say is true. My clients love coming to do training with me. They see me at the fence to the play yard, and they are eager to leave their friends to come train. My worry is that no one will love my dog like I love him Which is kind of silly since my parents would keep him, and I know they would take good care of him. I love the idea of bringing him with me to the convent, if I were to enter, but I don't think it would be good for me. My dog is e
    2 points
  24. JHFamily

    Discernment Books

    Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery Vocations by Fr. Doyle, a free pdf
    2 points
  25. Ash Wednesday

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    I support traditional liturgies, communion rails and architecture, and I have my reasons. For the most part I no longer discuss it online though. In my experience the discussion often turns into a time-wasting dumpster fire because people can take opinions about the liturgy very personally, and I've found it difficult to navigate the topic without pushback because it's easy for people to get overly defensive and mistakenly view you as being judgmental of others. So I no longer waste my time. Too much time arguing online is not good for spiritual health. There are plenty of books, documentation
    2 points
  26. Kathleen Hamilton

    Am I the only person who actually DISAGREES with Father Altman's video?

    Finally! Someone with common sense and intelligence! So tired of reading all the support comments and he’s a saint comments when the obvious problems are on display. Thank you!
    2 points
  27. I think it would be useful to have good scriptural commentaries at hand. The point of that passage has no exegetical connection to this thread at all. I guarantee a Near Eastern Hebrew, 2000 years ago, was not giving instructions about Christian religious life.... I'm surprised at all the forms of legalism I see on Vocation Station. There's too much about 'who gave permission for this - who didn't give permission for that - who might be doing something for which they don't have approval..." When no-one is doing wrong - indeed, may be practising virtue - why is there this excessive emphasi
    2 points
  28. BarbaraTherese

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    Both forms enshrine the most incredible mind boggling wonder ever in the whole universe and therefore deserve utmost respect. I have also attended a Mass celebrated by an Anglican Ordinariate Priest and it was beautiful. Anglican Ordinariate
    2 points
  29. dUSt

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    I remember when I was really into debating TLM vs NO. Now I'm just really into trying to be a better Catholic.
    2 points
  30. dUSt

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    Every person must recognize humanity in others, with humility--then it will end.
    2 points
  31. Makarioi

    Dust Yelled at Me Last Night

    I like that...;you deserve any perception you imagined' Gotta use that at work.....
    2 points
  32. Ash Wednesday

    Is there anything that would make you leave the Church?

    The issue I have with even approved apparitions is the level of attention and obsession that people can have with them and private revelation in general, which, though deemed worthy of belief, doesn't require belief -- as opposed to their care and knowledge of public revelation -- which does require belief. I know people that experienced miracles at Medjugorje but it doesn't necessarily mean the apparitions are true. I used to believe they were true and still wish they were, but am now doubtful. I believe in the major approved apparitions though I don't think it's right to get overly def
    1 point
  33. Sister Leticia

    Repost on "Mature Discerners"

    Hello I'm confused! This looks like @nikita92 is replying to someone... but the original post isn't there. Or have you copied and pasted from elsewhere?
    1 point
  34. HumilityAndPatience

    Am I the only person who actually DISAGREES with Father Altman's video?

    Hi guys... I have found the response to Father Altman's video quite interesting- particularly in the sense that it's been so difficult to find anyone I actually agree with! Or indeed anyone who will present to me why the below points I put forward are incorrect. The VAST majority of Catholics online have exalted Father's message, almost without even questioning it. Knee-jerk support. IMO Father's video contains fundamental errors. The statement itself is plain incorrect. Below is a quote from Ratzinger in 2004 addressing this: "When a Catholic does not share a Ca
    1 point
  35. gloriana35

    Canine conundrum

    Get past RCIA and your Confirmation for now. You indeed may be called to some form of consecrated life, but it's not time to make other decisions as yet. (I dearly hope no-one becomes a solitary because of critters....)
    1 point
  36. Polak

    Am I the only person who actually DISAGREES with Father Altman's video?

    I'm just not keen on 'dissident priests'. Fr. Altman seems to be spending most of his time criticising Church hierarchy, instead of preaching the Gospel, or if he does preach it, he uses it to attack Church hierarchy. And yes, I know, there are plenty of liberal leaning clerg, who spend their time twisting Church teaching, or even speaking out against it, to fit in with their ideological view. That shouldn't be tolerated either.
    1 point
  37. WinterSunrise

    Need help with a particular doubt

    Thank you for your response. I hope to receive help from these scholars, as I genuinely hope to be convinced so that I may convert.
    1 point
  38. truthfinder

    Convent communication

    This depends on your community, but several (especially contemplative communities or smaller communities where one person holds several repsonsibilities) may list an email address but don't actually answer it themselves. One I know would have volunteers print the emails, and then tell them what to say in response, usually with snail mail being suggested if they wanted to continue the conversation. Of course, there's many communities that do use email. Maybe they're on a community retreat; maybe there's a change in governance or responsibility (ie. the novice mistress has recently changed bu
    1 point
  39. Lilllabettt

    Sup yall

    Ahhh an olde timer
    1 point
  40. Lea

    "I never thought I'd enter a monastery..."

    Well, that's what discerment is all about, isn't it? There's a reason for several years of formation before professing final vows and/or getting ordained.
    1 point
  41. Norseman82

    Am I the only person who actually DISAGREES with Father Altman's video?

    I have no problems with him pointing out the problems of the Democratic party. I do, however, think he's letting his politics (his opposition to Wisconsin Gov. Evers) get in the way of scientific fact when he mocks masks. What next, stating that 2+2=5 simply because your political opponent says 2+2=4?
    1 point
  42. gloriana35

    Josephite Marriage

    I am not young, but I doubt I ever heard of some current trend about "Josephite marriages" until I saw this thread. I knew there were cases, some involving saints, where someone essentially was forced into a marriage. I'd heard of others where couples, whose children were grown, sought to enter religious life (though, if they could obtain permission, they'd have to return to each other if one decided not to continue.) I cannot know the full scope of how particular individuals might choose to live their lives. However, I think it is not a good idea to assume that people don't embrace "Jos
    1 point
  43. Peace

    Question about sex

    Phatmass has quickly become a den of iniquity. What's next? Strippers? Yeah you probably aren't gonna find any official Church teaching on that tasty topic. But since we are taking the site into the gutter why only a handy? If you are gonna risk eternal damnation for the both of you at least give the man a good . . . Never mind. About a year ago a friend of mine told me his opinion that once a woman is pregnant, sex is forbidden. I thought that was madness myself, but I guess there are some Catholics who think that. To each his own. You'll be OK.
    1 point
  44. BarbaraTherese

    Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    I can have problems with statements of some kind from our saints and I can wonder if they have been interpreted into English accurately. Alternatively, if their native language was English, has a word or two been changed altering the sense of the saints meaning. The other problem can be is that their thought in writing or speech into the written word has been doctored in some way to fall into line with Catholic thought at that time. With St Vincent of Larins in my previous post. He lived in the 5th century in the year 445 in what is now France. He lived in the times of the Roman Empir
    1 point
  45. Welcome back to PHatmass, Cabshear Your post wasn't long really. We have had some very lengthy posts over time - to which I have contributed and will contribute. I thought your own and one other I think it was posts were very honest and open hearted and came across as sincere. I really thought that chrysostom and Lea (quote boxes below)gave good responses, particularly chrysostom by putting "act" in italics. Faith is not something God Gifts and that is that. Faith is a journey and sometimes a confusing journey, perhaps a doubting one. I have been on quite a colourful journey to
    1 point
  46. BarbaraTherese

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    Clare reminds me of Sadie with her sniffing and refusing to budge on our walks. Sadie went to sleep quite some years ago now and was a Jack Russell cross (can't think of the breed just now). I can't give a like on your blog as it wont let me unless I am a member of Facebook.
    1 point
  47. Luigi

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    Well, I mean. If they don't bother to post about even the most important events in their lives, how are we supposed to keep with 'em? Am I right, or what?
    1 point
  48. CatherineM

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    I always wonder about the ones who got banned.
    1 point
  49. Nihil Obstat

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    Good bait.
    1 point
  50. Peace

    When Will This Division End?!!!

    @SicutColumba Everything you wrote is hopelessly subjective and subject to debate. Trads take the view that the TLM developed "organically" and stuck with tradition while the NO developed "inorganically" and was a clear break with tradition, but that is simply trad-opinion and cannot be demonstrated objectively. That debate has been had on Phatmass a thousand times before and the trads on this site have still yet to demonstrate it. You should be able to search through the site and find all of those threads. I recall that myself and @Nihil Obstat were involved in a few of them. It’s the
    1 point

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