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  1. Winchester

    Without me, Phatmass would be called "Catholic Talk Place"

    I met DusT in 1986 at a Dallas Cowboy's game. He was a toilet attendant, and he was replacing stale urinal cakes in the pee trough. It was halftime, so no one else was in the bathroom, because at Cowboy's games, the best part is halftime. Even when there's no show. People would literally rather stare at the empty field. I went to the far end of the trough. dUSt was laughing to himself. I asked him why. "These urinal cakes, in addition to tasting funny, can't be pronounced." He showed me the packaging "Pahumes Pahighter?" The label said "Phumes Phiter " "That's pronounced the same way as an "F". He was floored. I didn't think anything of it until years later when I saw this website. You're welcome, DuSt.
    4 points
  2. gloriana35

    Torn (desire for RL keeps coming back)

    Sometimes, people who have mental illnesses, or even certain types of temperaments, are fully able to live a vowed life. The problem is community life. Of course, most of those who join third orders do not profess the evangelical counsels, and you may not find any support in your vowed life. It can seem more as if you just joined a club, and that could make the sense of loss all the greater. I very much hope you can work out how to live your commitment to consecrated life, and find truly sound direction.
    4 points
  3. Sponsa-Christi

    Torn (desire for RL keeps coming back)

    You generally need to have decent mental health to be a consecrated virgin. Or, if there is some chronic mental health issue, it needs to have a relatively minimal impact on your life, or else be very well-controlled. The 2018 Instruction Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago discusses this in n. 91, among other places: "If the evaluation reveals the presence of a psychological disorder or a serious problem, in vocational discernment the Bishop will take into account the nature of the disorder, its gravity and the way in which it influences the psyche of the person and therefore her aptitude for consecration." @MaryBethany If you have serious chronic mental health issues that you don't have a realistic hope of resolving, then I think you can be sure that you don't have a call to religious life. I know it might be sad, but this kind of clarity can be sort of a gift, because it frees you to discern the way God is actually calling you. Also, mental health issues as an impediment to religious life isn't just about not burdening the community--it's also about what's genuinely best for you. Religious life is beautiful, but even good communities can present some unique psychological challenges even to those who are healthy. So if you already have mental health issues, convent life could exacerbate your condition. At the very least, it wouldn't provide the environment you would need to flourish. Going forward, my advice would be to find a good spiritual director, and work with him or her to discern: 1. which elements of religious life you find most attractive; and 2. how you can incorporate some dimension of these things in your life now. For instance, are you attracted by making a firm commitment of evangelical chastity? Then maybe you can pray about making a private vow. If you're attracted by a certain community's spirituality or charism, maybe you can look into joining a related Third Order, or incorporating some of their devotions into your own prayer life. If you like a certain apostolate, maybe you can find ways to get involved in a similar kind of work in a spirit of Christian service, etc.
    4 points
  4. Antigonos

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    In life -- secular or religious -- there's no such thing as "one size fits all". I'm an only child, of quite intellectual parents. When in nursing school, the theory classes in all the sciences were a breeze, while many of my classmates had really difficult times coping with the volume of material they had to absorb. But they, with siblings and many from lower-middle class homes who had grown up in environments very different from mine, had no problem whatsoever in relationships with patients, while I found I felt no common ground with most of the patients I encountered [apart from their illnesses]. It took me YEARS to develop communication skills which my classmates intuitively had. Some women are ready for intense religious life while still teenagers, but I bet we all know women who never, ever really "grow up" and can still be "girls" at 60 or more.
    4 points
  5. KnightofChrist

    EWTN called out by Pope Francis

    God bless Mother Angelica, but I'm sure if alive today she'd be accused of being working for Satan too. Because she never held back on the truth. As can be seen in the video.
    3 points
  6. Didacus

    EWTN called out by Pope Francis

    I stand with the papa, no matter the opinion of any media.
    3 points
  7. DameAgnes

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    3 New Postulants for SSFPA's https://www.facebook.com/ssfpavocations/posts/4452644168120495 3 New Postulants for SSFPA's https://www.facebook.com/ssfpavocations/posts/4452644168120495 Also a new postulant for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George https://www.facebook.com/jacksonpriests/posts/4320513668030476 New Postulant for the Sisters Slaves of the IHM https://www.facebook.com/SistersMICM/posts/1874536039396014 And for the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church https://www.facebook.com/scmc.baltic/photos/a.199221570138597/4464414940285884
    3 points
  8. Credo in Deum

    Non-Catholic woman veiling at Mass.

    It wouldn't be inappropriate.
    3 points
  9. Winchester

    I remembered my password

    DusT made it. Still. I remembered.
    3 points
  10. PaxCordisJesu

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, MO, had 4 investitures and 3 first professions on August 6, Feast of Our Lord's Transfiguration. The new novices' names are Sr. Lillien, Sr. Maryam Gertrude, Sr. Marie Therese, and Sr. Consuela.
    3 points
  11. catholicamama

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    I was watching the DSMME on EWTN last night and some of the most incredible and productive nuns sisters and saints were still in their teens when they entered religious life. When the Lord comes knocking you answer. The key is discerning the right religious order which isn't always easy.
    3 points
  12. KnightofChrist

    I remembered my password

    I worked 12hrs, lightening struck the A/C, and I'm still in NJ. But it was a good day, until now.
    3 points
  13. Luigi

    Mysteries Made Visible: Praying the Rosary with Sacred Art

    Fr. Laurence Lew, a Dominican priest of the English province and the order's worldwide Promoter General of the Rosary, has published a book on praying the rosary with artistic images of the mysteries. I haven't seen it personally, so I don't can't give it a positive or negative review, but I thought some of the Phamily might be interested. Here's a link: https://www.ctsbooks.org/product/mysteries-made-visible/?fbclid=IwAR0JTgGEbI-8lWLfZPacFRpaqnWodXsJdQSwkYbKoOWoqj2DnpHpxIEwFOY
    2 points
  14. Peace

    EWTN called out by Pope Francis

    True, but what Pope Francis said and intended does not actually matter. What matters is that we prefer the TLM over the NO, we don't like Pope Francis because he does not agree with us, and what he said gives us an opportunity to criticize him, fair or unfair. Well, I wouldn't say "conservatives". I consider myself a conservative. What we are talking about is a subset of "trads". There's a group of young guys at my Church like this and they are quite annoying. If you get anywhere near the topic of the Mass they'll start ranting off a long laundry list of things that they think are defective about the NO, and why its done better in the TLM. If you even try to explain the reason why its done differently in the NO, they'll get into a huge argument with you. They can't accept that there are different ways of doing things that are both good. It has to be their way or the highway. A lot of these guys are extremely prideful and judgmental, they just don't realize it. They seem to think they know everything, and I do suspect that this is a big part of the reason the TLM has become popular with a them. They seem to use it as an opportunity to say "I know better than you."
    2 points
  15. Ash Wednesday

    Is Baseball a Sport?

    Hockey is better than anything. You should know this. P.S. Friendly reminder that mullets don't die
    2 points
  16. Didacus

    Is Baseball a Sport?

    No boards, no skates, no pucks.. NOT A SPORT!
    2 points
  17. DameAgnes

    All Saints Sisters of the Poor

    They are a community of former Anglican nuns who come into the Catholic Church a few years ago. Nice to see they have a novice! https://www.facebook.com/allsaintssistersofthepoor/posts/4663368677009300
    2 points
  18. debc

    EWTN called out by Pope Francis

    Pope Francis is a lot like Jesus, wanting to unite and have us love each other and help each other. Mother Angelica was a good nun but as she got older, she got more strict and as Raymond Arroyo said, "more impatient, more dooms day" and when her final stroke came, she changed again. She was afraid of change but obeyed the Pope. When John Paul ll said alter girls were okay after she hated the idea, she said she would say it no more. That was it. Altar girls don't make girls want to be priests, they like helping and I've seen decades of them in my life. Things like that divide the church, when someone wont yield because "It always was this way" The fear evoked just from something as minor as that was another crack. This Pope has brought many back to see the church, to at least listen when they had shut off their ears, but the ultra conservatives will drive some of them away again. My opinion but I hear the love for him but not those who mock him or talk behind his back. Why they would want to support them , it's hard for them to separate the love they feel and wanting to to good but read the horrible things in many articles, discussions on TV and on youtube etc. That is not Christian.
    2 points
  19. MIKolbe

    EWTN called out by Pope Francis

    2 points
  20. dUSt

    Without me, Phatmass would be called "Catholic Talk Place"

    I remember that year I worked in London and met Winchester at that game. I believe that was the time we went golfing together and Winchester made a big deal about what I packed in my golf bag. Apparently, he’s a minimalist when it comes to golfing. He only takes the odd numbered clubs (1w, 3w, 5i, 7i, and 9i). Doesn’t even need a pitching wedge apparently, and putts with his driver. Yeah. He was giving me a real hard time that day. He also rambled a lot with big words, never getting to the point. So, it was around hole 7 where he noticed what I believed was a fairly common thing to have in my golf bag. I distinctly remember the quizzical look on his face after he took a chug of his Stella Artois. He casually put his hand on an old pine tree (this was right after losing his ball in the thicket—good golly we must have searched for that stupid ball for 30 minutes. It was funny, because right after he took a drop and the penalty, we ended up finding his original ball just a few feet—errr, meters—away). Yeah, so Winchester turns to me and asks, “why in the world do you have an extra pair of socks in your golf bag!?”. I explained it was just in case I got a hole in one. #ripnormmacdonald
    2 points
  21. tinytherese

    Litany of Trust

    One of the Sisters of Life came up with this prayer. Litany of Trust From the belief that I have to earn Your love … Deliver me, Jesus. From the fear that I am unlovable … Deliver me, Jesus. From the false security that I have what it takes … Deliver me, Jesus. From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute … Deliver me, Jesus. From all suspicion of Your words and promises … Deliver me, Jesus. From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You … Deliver me, Jesus. From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will … Deliver me, Jesus. From anxiety about the future … Deliver me, Jesus. From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past … Deliver me, Jesus. From restless self-seeking in the present moment … Deliver me, Jesus. From disbelief in Your love and presence … Deliver me, Jesus. From the fear of being asked to give more than I have … Deliver me, Jesus. From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth … Deliver me, Jesus. From the fear of what love demands … Deliver me, Jesus. From discouragement … Deliver me, Jesus. That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me … Jesus, I trust in you. That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me …Jesus, I trust in you. That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You … Jesus, I trust in you. That You are with me in my suffering … Jesus, I trust in you. That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next …Jesus, I trust in you. That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church…Jesus, I trust in you. That Your plan is better than anything else … Jesus, I trust in you. That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me …Jesus, I trust in you. That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others …Jesus, I trust in you. That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked …Jesus, I trust in you. That my life is a gift … Jesus, I trust in you. That You will teach me to trust You … Jesus, I trust in you. That You are my Lord and my God … Jesus, I trust in you. That I am Your beloved one … Jesus, I trust in you. Amen. https://sistersoflife.org/litany-of-trust/
    2 points
  22. Winchester

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    You are not entitled to lay hands on me because you take a vote on it. Accept that you don't own other people, even if it's really popular to behave otherwise. Learn to keep your hands to yourself.
    2 points
  23. truthfinder

    Question about a past event

    Breaking the seal of confession is more about telling the identity and sins of another that you have learn from their confession. Either because one was the a.) priest, b.) translator, c.) overheard what was said. From what you say, I don't think any of those was the case. But it is certainly why your priest changed the topic quickly. So as every one has point out already, certainly be careful about the gossip, but you do not appear to have come any where near breaking the seal of confession. But you priest turned the conversation to preserve his end of the seal of confession. Hope this helps.
    2 points
  24. Didacus

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    I DONT believe in democracy... I am being sarcastic... Maybe I should add a general disclaimer on my posts???
    2 points
  25. DameAgnes

    Virtual Monastic Experience, Benedictine Sisters of Clyde, MO

    This actually sounds pretty great. https://benedictinesisters.org/articledetail.php?id=573&start=0&status=1&m_year=2021
    2 points
  26. Didacus

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    Canada is moving full force with Covid 'passports' and essentially creating a second class of citizens who do not agree with the narrative. Long live freedom. LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY!
    2 points
  27. Papist

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    So you want me to get vaccinated in order to protect the vaccinated?
    2 points
  28. Jaime

    TEXAS new law - whena heart beat is detected..

    my favorite response is from Bette Midler who is demanding that women refuse to have sex with men until this law is overturned. My first thought is "Whoever is having sex with Bette must be thrilled right now" My second thought was "Is my wife a fan of Bette Midler?"
    2 points
  29. little2add

    first certified fatality of the 911 attack

    Robert Emmett Judge (born Robert Emmett Judge; May 11, 1933 – September 11, 2001), was an American Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who served as a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. While serving in that capacity he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001, attacks. A Priest On 'The Next Level' Von Essen says there were a lot of heroes that day, and Mychal Judge was one. "I think he took the goodness part of being a priest to the next level," he says, his voice thick. "You're expected to do certain things as a police officer, a fire fighter, a soldier. You're expected to do certain things as a priest. But then there's the guy who takes it to the next level. And that was him." Three hundred forty three firemen died that day. Craig Monahan, who barely survived, says that the way Father Mychal died is fitting. "I think he wouldn't have had it any other way," he says. "It was as if he took the lead, all those angels, right through heaven's gates, you know. That's what it seemed like to us. And I guess if any of those guys were confused on the way up, he was there to kind of ease the transition from this life to the next." RIP
    2 points
  30. KaytePost

    Kayte Discerns (An Ongoing Journey)

    Hello Pham! It has been quite some time. Since the facebook login button doesn't work anymore, and I'm pretty sure the email on my fb is one that I no longer have access to, I've had to make a new account! Wow so much has happened since January. I was offered a wonderful position at my parish shortly after my last post, and wow Jesus is so freaking good! I'm the office manager, and I'm also using my art degree for a lot of graphic design and video work for the parish. It's a dream come true! Right now I'm happy, content, and at peace with where I am at in life. I'm going a on general discernment of spirits zoom retreat in October, which I'm super excited about! There are two communities I've talked to, and have some causal contact with. Just feeling each other out, I might consider visiting the local convents of each community sometime after October starts, but will lean into what the VDs of the communities thinks is the right next step. It's weird with my 30th birthday coming up in a few months, and still finding peace. 22 year old me thought I'd be in a convent for a long time by now, and I chuckle at that thought. God works wonderful things, and although my story and journey has had struggles, I wouldn't have it any other way! tldr; Jesus is good. I'm at peace. God knows what He is doing. Love you all, and I continue to pray for you! Please pray for me as well, pax!
    2 points
  31. Ash Wednesday

    C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER

    I've gotten into disagreement with my husband whether it is worth the money re-painting the hood of my car. Maybe adding a firebird could be a compromise. I would point out that you can't really identify it as "Trans"...it's actually still a Honda.
    2 points
  32. KnightofChrist

    TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

    “The more holy and pleasing to God a priest is, the more acceptable are his prayers and oblations; and the greater his devotion, the greater the benefit to be derived from his Mass. For just as other good works performed by a pious man gain merit in proportion to the zeal and devotion with which they are performed, so Holy Mass is more or less profitable both to the priest who says it and to the persons for whom it is said, according as it is celebrated with more or less fervor” - Cardinal Bona
    2 points
  33. Luigi

    Non-Catholic woman veiling at Mass.

    LEAVE HER ALONE, you big bully! She's just trying to do the right thing here, and she doesn't need your sarcasm to confuse her even more - newbies don't always recognize the jaded humor of experienced old hands. FutureCatholicLady - It's not inappropriate to veil, and you already understand that it's not mandatory. (At least until Dr. Fauci issues a new mandate!)
    2 points
  34. Credo in Deum

    Will you get the vaccine?

    1.) It is a whim. He's correct. 2.) Supreme Court also says killing the unborn is a legal so their judgment is questionable in regards to the Constitution. 3.) People can contest but good luck getting your stuff back. You're the one living in a fantasy if you think people have had any luck getting their stuff back.
    2 points
  35. Credo in Deum

    TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

    For any of you who want to see an OF actually done by what Vat II wanted as having pride of place. Looks nothing like the many OF being celebrated based off of what was PERMITTED. Note just because the Church permits something doesn't make it the ideal or equal to what the Church WANTS.
    2 points
  36. KnightofChrist

    TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

    Do remember, per TC there is no OF or EF. What was the EF is no longer the Law and Prayer of the Church. Benedict XVI taught the two are the same Mass, to prevent rupture in the Church between Pre and Post VII. Francis has thrown that out. If the TLM is the same Mass as the NO one cannot be the Law and Prayer of Church, but not the other. If the TLM is no longer the Law and Prayer of the Church then the Law and Prayer of the Church has changed so greatly that it needs to banned her old unchanging beliefs, her old teachings. This cannot be if the Church is the same Church today as she was pre VII.
    2 points
  37. Winchester

    Will you get the vaccine?

    Using civil asset forfeiture, the government can seize property from anyone without charging them with a crime. They merely need to assert that it was involved in a criminal enterprise. They are not required to show proof. The person from whom the property is taken must prove the property innocent. They have to go through the system of the people who took the property. They have to spend money to do this. The government can take anything it wants on a whim. Legally. That means you don't have private property in the US, as far as the government is concerned. As for modern taxation, it isn't limited by anything but legislators. Older versions of states, restrained by custom, by justice, or other concepts considered above the state, aren't comparable to the modern state and positive law. The Church has failed to reckon with this properly. Although those in power have always been tempted to corruption there was an appeal to higher authority. There was a notion that all were under God's law. That's dead. There's no limit to taxing power, now. Modern states are no different to marauding bandits. They claim total power over law. Their legislators, executives, and judges are considered the source of law, and the best the people have is to petition (beg, in reality) for a redress of grievances. Of course, the modern state claims sovereign immunity, meaning it can decline to even hear you complaint. Catholics shouldn't be defending modern states. The issue of older versions of the state can be more prickly (weird that if you successfully kill enough people, you go from being a marauder to a ruler, but perhaps that's a moral burden rather than a privilege, and the Catholic approach is to find a way to work with these evils to minimize their predation), but the modern state has clearly designed itself to replace God.
    2 points
  38. gloriana35

    Torn (desire for RL keeps coming back)

    I may not be alone in this: since you mentioned having mental illness, I assumed that you already had treatment. Years ago, I heard a major superior of a congregation make one of the most ignorant statements I've heard: they wouldn't consider any candidate who'd been in psychotherapy because "someone mature enough to enter the convent would know this is not a perfect world." There is no denying that mental illness might prevent someone's being in religious life - there is no one answer. But the idea that someone's being in therapy meant she didn't know this isn't a perfect world shows ignorance beyond belief.
    2 points
  39. Dymphna

    Torn (desire for RL keeps coming back)

    I may be able to offer another perspective on this: I also have mental health issues, and I'm just in the process of starting with a community. My own problems are/were trauma-related, so I could actually work on them. This, I think, is critical. No community (I think) can accept someone who is suicidal already, as others have said - simply because community life, at least initially, is added stress and would make things worse, as you probably experienced already. So, if you have reason to believe your condition will not change, then what the others have said applies. But I don't know the circumstances of your illness, the prognosis and your motivation. For me, it took over 5 years of tough therapy, occasionally medication, one hospital stay, to become who I am now. I exceeded the expecations of the professionals. I will always have issues, but hopefully I am now able to live in community. Time will tell. One thing I also learned on my way: Communities find it easier to accept someone young, with no visible issues, than someone who has been through such a long therapeutic process - it's partly an age-limit problem and partly (in my eyes) prejudice. Maybe your desire for religious life could be a motivator for therapy for you - but as I said, you know better than us whether it's just your (pessimistic?) thinking that you will never get better, or whether that is a realistic assumption in your case.
    2 points
  40. BarbaraTherese

    Torn (desire for RL keeps coming back)

    I am so sorry and feel for you that mental illness has set you on the road it has, contrary to your deepest desires. I have travelled that road too (I am now 75yrs of age). Sometimes a desire for religious life at it's core is a desire for Unity with Jesus. While you may not have those qualities necessary for religious life, those very problems that are impediments to RL may well be also the means of Unity with Him i.e. holiness. I think you could well profit with spiritual direction providing a SD is open to discussion of religious life, personal vocation and mental health issues with you. The Order of Virgins (consecrated virginity) and the eremitical life (hermit) are also forms of consecrated life. Have you thought about secular institutes or third orders? Although, I do suspect that it is the beauty of religious life per se that attracts you. Religious life as with any vocation can also be terribly difficult and trying at the very same time as it is beautiful. I suffer bipolar disorder nor am I in any form of consecrated life. I will keep you in prayer
    2 points
  41. Luigi

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Here's a summary of the 2021 vocational developments in the 4 US Dominican provinces. NB: Dominicans have 1 year of novitiate, first vows (three years) then renewal of vows (for a fourth year), then solemn vows. Then - assuming they are studying for the priesthood - one year of diaconate, followed by presbyteral ordination. East: 14 novices, 6 first professions, unknown number of renewal of vows, and 10 solemn vows. 8 deacons ordained and 5 priests ordained Central: 5 novices, 5 first vows, 1 renewal of vows, and 2 solemn vows. 1 deacon ordained (I think! It may not have occurred yet) and 3 priests ordained. South: 4 novices, 1 first vows, 1 solemn vows, and 1 priest ordained West: 4 novices, 6 first vows, 3 or 4 renewal of vows, and 2 solemn vows. 3 deacons ordained and 3 priests ordained.
    2 points
  42. ArciMoto

    Afghan mess - questions to my USA friends

    took a few PoliSci classes as an undergrad where I learned the british found out the hard way that the "stan" region isn't all that easy to control https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Game before 9/11 I actually managed to visit the "stan" region on holiday following the silk route,... while in the region got a feel why the USSR also found out the hard way that the "stan" region isn't all that easy to control basically the region is vary harsh kinda like the eastern sierras/death valley (only more extreme) the people in the "stan" region are tribal w/ a culture memory that goes back before the time of christ basically given the harshness of the region and small population w/ a tribal outlook,... an outside military power like GB, the USSR and the USA IMHO is always going to find it pretty much impossible to impose their will on the people of the region (by force) said another way because the region is a proverbial hell hole to live in, it was never possible to develop large population centers w/ trade and commerce (i.e. have a large scale society that is interdependent upon on another) basically survival on day to day basis in the "stans" (especially Afghanistan) depends upon a small close knit support group,... so whenever an outside group invades and isn't able to help out w/ day to day survival,... they will be seen as the enemy
    2 points
  43. JHFamily

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    A friend of mine, speaking to her pastor about her daughter who will be graduating high school this year, said they are encouraging the daughter to attend college so that she will "mature". The pastor responded that college is one of the worst places to gain maturity and asked them to consider other options, including giving their daughter their blessing to enter religious life right away.
    2 points
  44. gloriana35

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    I'm smiling - since I have an academic hobbyhorse, as well. One of my cousins is a religious Sister. She was telling me that she prepared an address for a community anniversary, and that her introduction was the importance of a community's having a charism. (The particular community addressed needs, indeed - but were not derived from a major Order.) After she said 'charism' about four times, in sharing this with me, I suggested that she mention what she believed her community's charism to be. She hadn't thought of that...
    2 points
  45. catholicamama

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    "A real vocation wont be stolen" That's not the issue really. The issue is circumstances out of a young women's control can keep her from fulfilling her vocation. Life is short and if a young woman feels called then there really isn't a good reason to delay, at least as far as the DSMME is concerned, and i wholeheartedly agree with that philosophy. There was a time when it was commonplace for Catholic families to have at least one vocation, especially larger families, but over time we got to the point where young people have never even seen a nun or sister, let alone think about a vocation for themselves to the religious life. With our own daughter there was no way we were standing in her way. I DO respect and understand why some orders require a college degree before entering, as their apostolates require that level of education and maturity from the start, and it makes sense. That is the beauty of the various orders where there is a place for every kind of calling.
    2 points
  46. lay associate

    Handmaids of the Precious Blood (Nuns for Priests)

    This thread is quite old. They have changed their veils, and have updated technology ( lay people do help to manage the social media) but I know they try to answer emails within 24 hours if possible. Check them out http://nunsforpriests.org
    2 points
  47. BarbaraTherese

    TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

    2 points
  48. Nunsuch

    Communities Accepting Candidates Over 50

    In addition to those who may or may not accept older vocations, you really need to think about the essentials of religious life, such as charism and particular spiritualities. Communities are not interchangeable. What *kind* of contemplative life are you called to? Have you explored the different spiritualities? This is particularly important for someone who is older, as you almost surely have developed your own spiritual practices and inclinations over the years.
    2 points
  49. fides' Jack

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    I will start by saying, I'm not an anti-vaxxer. I am anti-Covid-"vaccines". That being said, we "anti-vaxxers" (since it's clear you're referring to anti-covid-vaxxers) are much, MUCH more concerned for others than you are. Fauci is guilty of mass-murder. Because of his policies, hundreds of millions of the world's poorest faced starvation, and continue to face it. It's precisely because we have a true concern for others that we're fighting this. Love offers. Evil imposes.
    2 points
  50. hakutaku

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    Wow, look what happens if you listen to the vaxxers. As we've seen in the US, people aren't willing to voluntarily take the steps necessary to protect their neighbors. Australia has decided that the the harms caused by this civic irresponsibility justify state enforcement of those steps. I'm a bit sad that the US decided that 650000 lives didn't justify stricter enforcement of common sense health measures.
    2 points
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