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  1. SicutColumba

    Urgent prayers please

    If you could please spare a Hail Mary for a very urgent intention I would be so grateful. Thank you all.
    11 points
  2. So...let me ask you a question. If you are a Roman Catholic (as evidenced by your vocation search in RC orders) why would you even think about walking away and joining a Protestant denomination? Is it just to become a vicar? Is it to have a title? Are you trying to prove something? It shouldn't always be about "me", but about how best to have a servant's heart while utilizing your gifts, talents, and abilities in a vocation that is mutually discerned. Perhaps you were told you didn't have a vocation to a particular order for a very good reason even if you didn't agree with the assessment. Yes, we all have vocations, just not all of us are called to religious life even if we think we are. And orders have age limits for very good reasons. Do you have a spiritual director? If not, I would encourage you to find one. As a SD myself, I would strongly encourage you to take a "deep dive" into your motivation for desiring religious life. Also, orders are not looking for large bank accounts or other monies you could bring. Rather, they are looking for riches of the heart, for a teachable spirit, etc. It's not merely about what you think you can " bring" to an order. Protestants have problems/rules/limitations just like RC's, or any other denomination for that matter. You can't just walk into a Protestant seminary if you are a Catholic, expect to be accepted, and then graduate and be ordained. Real life doesn't work that way. There are many steps that must be taken including converting to a Protestant denomination (not a short process), graduating with an undergrduate/graduate degree with the proper pre-Seminary courses, being accepted in the Seminary after going through many hoops including a psychological evaluation, etc. It's not a 1-2-3 process. And if you do get through all of this, you are not placed in a congregation. Rather, you must be "called" by a particular church. It doesn't work like Diocesan priesthood. Step back, take a deep breath, see a good spiritual director who can help you discern your true vocation.
    10 points
  3. catholicamama

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    9 new Postulants entered The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist today including my daughter ❤️
    10 points
  4. floscarmeli

    Canine conundrum

    Thank you all for all of your thoughtful replies! All of your different perspectives have shown me one thing at least—that I may not be quite ready to make this decision. I’m going to continue prayer, rest back, and trust Him. I’m sure I will know the answer in due time. Thanks again!
    10 points
  5. Lilllabettt

    Pray for me

    Tomorrow morning I am giving birth for the first time, to my adopted baby. The baby was conceived via IVF by Lutherans who knew not what they did; then the wife died suddenly, and the husband had the natural impulse not to sign his child over for destruction but to call an adoption agency. Our adoption agency. So, as with all adoption there is sadness that baby's story begins with loss - first in the clutches of the ivf industry, then losing its mother and being separated from its biological father... but also great gladness and joy that God created this little one and its earthly father chose life for it. Despite his previous mistakes, he put a good decision caboose on the end of a bad decision train. Praise God. I had covid back end of January; my husband is a policeman and he brought it home from work. It caused liver failure, which means that Baby must come slightly early, at 37 weeks. Please pray that Baby can breath on their own, with no NICU time, and that our little family can all go home together quickly.
    10 points
  6. MIKolbe

    2022 Entrances, Vows and Ordinations

    On March 3, I will be formally installed into the Ministry of Acolyte in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I hope, God willing, to be ordained as a Permanent Deacon on Oct 1 of this year as well. There are 18 of 'us' in the class of 22, one of which is Maronite (we are unsure of his ordination date). Please pray for our families, those charged with our formation, and for us. Thank you!
    9 points
  7. Feankie

    Am I called to be a nun

    Although I don't post much as of late, I have to chime in on this one. My feeling is this thread is drifting (actually, it is already there) into an area in which I doubt any of us have expertise. This is more than "Am I called to be a nun?" Is this question a symptom of psychological issues or is a "desire" to be associated with the particular congregation an "acting out" of OCD and other issues? The originator of the thread has admitted she has OCD, trouble with anxiety, and a disbelief/distrust of what was told to her by the nuns she briefly visited. She has admitted no attraction to the LOTH, boredom with other monastic practices, etc. , And a desire not to be cured of her OCD raises the red flags very high. I don't think any of us, in the goodness of our hearts and our desire to help a soul in distress, is equipped to give her the advice and help she really needs. Rather, a frank and open conversation with a good mental health professional seems to be the logical next step in light of the comments she's made about her OCD and other issues. Take a minute and think.....are all the well-meaning comments/suggestions helping or hurting the situation? Or are they feeding into her self-admitted issues? Please be very careful here.
    9 points
  8. dUSt

    Please pray for my son, Ezra

    Thank you for the prayers! He has a brain bruise with bleeding but it should be able to heal without surgery. Thanks for keeping him in your prayers.
    8 points
  9. Sponsa-Christi

    Brooklyn Carmel

    Obviously I'm not a part of this community, was not privy to their discernment process, and respect the fact that communities need to do what they discern is right for them. Still, I think it's a little sad that they're moving out of inner city Brooklyn. It seems like an area like this, where there is so much sin occurring, is exactly the sort of place that most needs a powerhouse of prayer like Carmel.
    8 points
  10. Seven77

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    taking it back to 2003. I was in the hospital for a tracheostomy that took me by surprise because I stopped breathing one afternoon – – I say it took me by surprise because I was unprepared for it even though it is a consequence of the natural progression of muscular dystrophy which I have. Anyway, that was 2006. My sister posted here asking for prayers and so many members here wrote messages to me – – I will never forget it, and apparently neither will my dad because he randomly reminded me of it today. True story.
    7 points
  11. dUSt

    Changed setting to reduce SPAM

    OK, I changed a setting to help reduce SPAM posts. Now, any post that is reported as spam using the "report" option (under the little ellipsis in the upper right corner of each post) will be automatically hidden if the author is a noob with less than 10 posts. Hopefully, this will help keep the phorum clean without having to wait for moderators. Thanks. Love you. Bye.
    7 points
  12. Feankie

    Religious Names

    For the love of God......please quit the sniping! It's getting old. Actually it got old a long time ago! We are each entitled to our own opinion/s. Others may agree, but then again, they may not. But it's gotten to the point where you can't tell if someone is being snarky or just trying to be "funny" in an oblique kind of way when they comment on a post they don't like or agree with. Please respect the posts of others on this forum and not get your undies in a knot. Life is too short for petty or snarky comments.
    7 points
  13. Sponsa-Christi

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    I'm definitely not against young vocations (I first felt a call to be a bride of Christ when I was twelve, and I made my permanent life commitment as a consecrated virgin when I was only twenty-three). But I would tend to err on the side of "a real vocation won't be stolen." I do think it is entirely possible to lose a vocation due to one's own fault. But I think this would be more like a situation where a young woman tells God: "I'll start discerning seriously in ten or fifteen years, after I've had time to travel, have career, and have fun!" versus: "My parents want me to finish college, so I'll delay my entrance for another year or two while still keeping in touch with the Sisters." And I think there could be (relatively rare) times for an SD to appropriately tell someone: "Stop going on multiple retreats, you should take the plunge and just enter somewhere before you age out"...but I don't think this advice should ever be given to women under age 30-ish. Very young discerners who are pious and well-intentioned are actually quite vulnerable, specifically because they are so pious and well-intentioned! Statements along the lines of "enter now, or you'll lose your vocation" are, for this age group, often more like high-pressure sales tactics than salutary reality checks. I also think too much emphasis on making a vocational choice right away can also convey a wrong impression of what a deep relationship with God is really like. God is a loving and gentle friend who open to a patient on-going conversation with a young person about her future; and One who will still love her just as much even if she makes the "wrong" choice about her vocation or maybe takes a little longer than she would have expected. He's not an arbitrary, authoritarian boss who demands: "Make the right choice NOW, or I'll make sure you lose out forever!" I know those who argue for purposeful discernment at a young age aren't intending to convey a wrong impression of what God is like, but this is a phenomenon that can happen. I've heard so many stories of young women who were encouraged to "take the leap" and enter right away, but then it turned out that their community really wasn't the right fit for them (even where many other communities might have been), and then they struggle for years afterwards with thoughts of being unwanted by God because they left the community. I think a lot of this pain can be prevented by approaches to discernment that are less "radical" and more grounded in the concept of an on-going relationship with God.
    7 points
  14. Antigonos

    Am I called to be a nun

    I'd like to make an observation here, partly as a nurse, and partly just having lived 75 years. I'm not implying anything personal to any particular person. During the time I've been in this forum, I've noticed a number of times that persons with varying forms of mental issues have seemed to give the impression that they think going into religious life will "cure" them of their particular problem. In fact, religious life in community can exacerbate them. One needs to be exceptionally healthy in body and mind to flourish in the hothouse of a small, intense community. I think Sister Leticia's question, what God is calling a person to be, is an excellent one. There are many ways in which one can live a richly spiritual life while also giving of oneself to benefit others -- it does not have to be behind convent walls, IMO.
    7 points
  15. Sister Leticia

    Am I called to be a nun

    This thread is headed by a question: am I called to be a nun? It's a closed question, ie one which can only be answered Yes or No. And I suspect this is the question you keep asking yourself, and wanting the answer to be No - except when you wanted it to be Yes. May I suggest you start asking a different, more open question: WHAT is God calling me to be? This means you will take the focus away from one, specific vocation, and your anxiety about it - and open up many more possibilities. This is also much more the attitude with which anyone should begin a discernment - the narrowing of options will come later.
    7 points
  16. MIKolbe

    Prayers Please

    If I could please have your prayers as I continue discern a vocation to the permanent diaconate, it would be wonderful. This evening our class will be instituted as Lectors. Please pray for all the men (and their families) in our class. Thank you! - Jason
    7 points
  17. Antigonos

    Anxiety and doubts about religious life?

    First, become a Catholic. This isn't a quick procedure. Then, live as a Catholic for several years, while completing your education and gaining life experience. Then, and only then, seriously consider whether you might have a vocation. I've written to others: the convent will be there for you when, and if, you are ready for it. Don't put the cart before the horse. Patience and flexibility are extremely valuable virtues!
    7 points
  18. PhuturePriest

    Covid-19 and Religious Practice

    Not yet, as seminary formation in the Roman Catholic Church (I make that distinction because the Eastern Churches operate differently) takes 8 years. I am currently finishing year 5, so I am currently set to have my diaconate ordination in May of 2023 and my priestly ordination in May of 2024.
    7 points
  19. Aloysius

    Transgender Man Here! Ask Me Anything! :)

    For anyone interested in some well reasoned guidance on such issues, the Congregation for Catholic Education's 2019 document Male and Female He Created Them has some very nice guidance, which I will attach in this post (apologies if it's been referenced earlier, I skimmed the thread and didn't see it mentioned, and in fact saw ppl suggesting the church has avoided saying anything on the subject, this document and the sources it cites should be a starting point for looking at what kind of guidance the church has given); while directed at educational institutions, it gives a good treatment of questions of Christian anthropology at issue here, and refers to some good sources of Church teaching that should be drawn upon if we're talking about what the Church's teaching is. Though the whole thing is a good read IMO, paragraphs that I think are most relevant to the debate in this thread: 20-21, 23, and then especially 30-35... but ultimately this should be an opportunity not just for saying 'transgenderism is wrong' but for really examining your own understanding of the human person, gender, and sex, in relation to the Church's teaching--because there are profound things that should help us all reflect on our selves and our understandings of our bodies and souls. 19_0997_INGLESE.pdf particularly important is how it points out the dualistic anthropology of gender ideology is contrary to the Church's understanding of human anthropology, citing the Second Vatican Council's definition of the human person "though made of body and soul, man is one." (Gaudiem et Spes 14, cited in #23 on pg 12 of the attached doc)--essentially pointing out that any sense of someone being a female soul in a male body or a male soul in a female body would certainly be contrary to Catholic teaching on the human person. the body that you have IS you, you're not a ghost in the machine, and to every degree the body you have is operating in a healthy fashion you are certainly called upon to embrace and nurture your body as essential to who you are as a person. now of course there can be problems in our material bodies as a result of our fallen natures, so we could come to a more physical question about whether there's a physical problem within the body (as the Catholic doctrine on the body/soul unity would absolutely preclude anything other than a material theory here)... so some kind of question of a more female brain / brain chemistry in an otherwise male body or a more male brain / brain chemistry in an otherwise female body, that could be an issue to discuss. and then what would be the proper response to that would also be something that needs to be debated. so the two questions that emerge would be, is it acceptable for someone to either 1) socially live according to the other gender and/or 2) doing something medically / surgically to the body. I don't know how definitive church teaching might be on the former, but on the latter I think it's a pretty clear principle that these kinds of surgeries on healthy body parts are not in line with the church's moral understanding of our responsibilities to our bodies, at least IMO, but I think this really sets up the parameters the debate should have within Catholic teaching on the human person. what I think would be most important here is to affirm not just to transgender people but also to many Catholics who have a tendency to fall into dualistic thinking about their soul and their body--you're not a ghost in a machine. there's no such thing as having a mismatched soul/body. the soul is the life force of the body, the immaterial principle of the material reality of your body; apologies for getting verbose and abstract, the point is that you do have an immaterial immortal soul, but it's intrinsically intertwined with your body--that's what makes death such a tragedy even though we go on to heaven, and why we proclaim in the creed we believe in the ressurection of the body on the last day (when it will be glorified and made perfect) 19_0997_INGLESE.pdf
    7 points
  20. MiscarriageSucks

    17 weeks pregnant

    I'm 17 weeks pregnant after suffering 3 horrific miscarriages. I find out the sex on the 9th. Pray that my baby keeps growing and thriving. Thanks.
    7 points
  21. Carla

    Nice article on New Poor Clare Novice in Roswell

    Carla older sister is here.I can confirm that Sr. Michaela is still in her order very happy and full of god's grace.In June it will be 7 years since her entrance and in September it will be 6 years since her first vows.She is patiently wait her final vows and as i know she keep you all in her prayers.I miss her as much as our whole family, but the most important thing for us is that she is happy, even though we see her quite rarely.
    6 points
  22. I keep reading the thread title as "aromatic" rather than "aromantic". I wonder if maybe I'm coming down with COVID, which affects the sense of smell, I'm told? Just a joke, folks!
    6 points
  23. cruciatacara

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    I am a friend of hers. She is doing well and yes, is in religious life. I will let her know that you were thinking of her and enjoyed her old posts.
    6 points
  24. AVEBVM

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    I’m entering the Order of Discalced Carmelites on October 7, 2021.
    6 points
  25. dUSt

    Home Altar/Prayer Corner.

    Here’s my prayer room. It used to be the phatmass sound booth back when we recorded music. It does face East, mostly by chance.
    6 points
  26. 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.
    6 points
  27. Nihil Obstat

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    Meh. I married one and have a bunch of PMer in-laws, so I get my fill.
    6 points
  28. gloriana35

    Reverence, Silence & Respect In Parishes

    This thread has become so odd - if rather entertaining - that I cannot resist adding a very funny memory. In her best-selling book, "Karen" (1950s, when women still had to cover their heads in church), Marie Killilea wrote of a missionary priest who was visiting the US, giving presentations about African missions. When he showed a film of tribes attending Mass, he explained something about a sort of cloth that both men and women wore about the waist... and they were wearing little else. (Women had bare breasts.) One of those attending was irate, and said, "Father! You let those women go to Mass without hats!"
    6 points
  29. JHFamily

    Dietary restrictions in cloistered life?

    "Kathy" actually became my Dear Mother in my short stint with the Poor Clare Colettines. I was just thinking of her the other day, specifically, on the days when it was customary for the superior to serve everyone else (example, Thanksgiving Day), she would pile up my dish so high I would have a very hard time eating it all and had to actually stay late to do so. So this is particularly humorous for me!
    6 points
  30. benedictaaugustine

    My Sacred Artwork - Thoughts?

    I thought I’d share my artwork here, I’ve been painting these for about a year and half now! I once went viral on Tiktok for these and people went insane arguing about Jesus in particular lol. But I love the art I do but I’m starting to dry out of ideas… I’m working on St Joseph right now, but any saint suggestions? Here’s a link to the rest of my pics: https://www.magnificatprints.com/shop
    5 points
  31. dUSt

    Roe v Wade may be overturned?

    I remember so many people were against voting for Trump arguing that Roe vs Wade would never be overturned no matter what Trump did. Despite all the bad, this is some good that might come from it. We'll see.
    5 points
  32. little2add

    The evolution of the Phatmass Phorum, from 2001 and on...

    thank you, dUSt your website is a blessing in this cruel world we call earth!
    5 points
  33. gloriana35

    Am I called to be a nun

    Lying Awake is excellent. I agree with others here - do not do this to yourself. You don't want improvement of your OCD, because you fear a calling to religious life? I still think spiritual direction could be helpful for you, but I, who am not a spiritual director (though I have lived a vowed life since the 1970s), am positive that you should not continue to be obsessed with religious life. I shall add that I have known others (not only Religious, by any means) who seem to think that God will want (and possibly force them into) whatever they most dislike or fear. (They did not have OCD, as far as I know - it can happen to others.) It's a road to mistakes and tragedy. You told us outright you do not want to be a religious - you would rather be ill than healthier, lest God force you into that life. Perhaps you should concentrate on orthopraxy - read the Offices, attend the Eucharist - and focus on worship, not on an image of a fiend who'll force you into a life you fear. Blessings.
    5 points
  34. dominicansoul

    Missing Old Phatmass Members

    Yes! Not fully professed, but getting there! Praise God!
    5 points
  35. GraceUk

    St. Mary Sisters

    Its a bit ambitious to be building a house for 200 sisters if the organisation has only just been founded. How many members are there at present. Still I hope its a success.
    5 points
  36. 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 and figure out, and yes, it's going to be really stressful with a lot of worries about whether or not you're doing the right thing. But this book talks about whether or not you're ready for discernment, and says that you should be in a particular place before seriously discerning any vocation. I never before thought that there might be such a thing as pre-discernment. It really just blew my mind! I'm not going to spoil the book for y'all, but I will just mention a few things that she said were crucial before seriously discerning. Correct way of thinking: How do you think about God? Yourself? Religious Life? If you have the wrong ideas about any of these, or you're discerning for the wrong reasons, this can seriously hinder your discernment. Detachment: Am I detached enough to discern? To have the proper disposition in discernment you have to be ready for any answer—able to accept “yes” and able to accept “no.” Relationship: Do you have a relationship with God? Do you spend time with Him regularly? Do you know that He loves you? Genuine discernment flows from relationship, just like deciding to marry someone flows from falling in love with him/her.
    5 points
  37. Mercedes

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    The John Hopkins medical centre this week says different. Vaccines are safe and effective and should be encouraged.
    5 points
  38. SicutColumba

    Discerning Consecrated Virginity & SD

    This is good advice from Sponsa Christi but I think if someone is asking you to pay for spiritual direction, you should absolutely take a hike. Showing your gratitude to your SD with occasional, spontaneous favors or gifts is fine and good. Being asked to pay regular fees is wrong and to me it borders on exploitation.
    5 points
  39. Peace

    Made it back to mass for the first time in over a year

    One year? I'd be walking around with a bullet-proof vest and a life-preserver on.
    5 points
  40. catholicamama

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Prayers for our daughter as she will be entering DSMME on August 22nd. I think there are 11 other young women also entering as postulants that day.
    5 points
  41. AveMariaPurissima

    2021 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Twelve new novices for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. https://www.facebook.com/dsmme/posts/4371021856295167
    5 points
  42. Jaime

    TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

    I had a hard time imagining a day when @KnightofChrist and I would ever be on the same side of a debate. But here we are! I'm going to confession today because we must be nearing the end of the world. That this is being done for the sake of unity is a lie. Of course this brings more division. It's yet one more thing in our world that suggests "wouldn't the world be a better place if". and it's not. I don't recall ever attending a TLM. But the idea that it should be restricted (read "ended") in the name of ANYTHING is just wrong. As I get older, I become more hesitant to be critical of clergy, vatican officials, the pope, but I cannot see this as a good move at all.
    5 points
  43. gloriana35

    Repost on "Mature Discerners"

    Offhand, it strikes me that, until I saw this forum, I'd had no idea that there were various women seeking to enter religious life when they were 60-80 (I recall someone once asking who took 'older vocation,' and mentioning that age group when those responding mentioned communities which accepted women who were over 40.) I could be totally incorrect, but I wonder if many ladies, perhaps born in the 1940s or 50s, had some inclination towards convent life in youth, but had some reason they did not pursue this. In 1960, to choose a date at random, many girls and young women had known many religious - there might be a large group just teaching in a parish school. Many Sisters entered convent, at a young age, after the war years. Then, c. 1970, they started leaving in droves. Those who were devout, who may have been encouraged to enter a convent ten years earlier, were likely to be discouraged. I wonder if some have a life-long dream (still with rose-coloured glasses?), which they hope to fulfil in their mature years? Even some of the young here seem to be pining for a perfect past which never existed. It is not only about religious life. I am of mature years. I indeed miss some past situations (not necessarily religious at all.) Yet participate on a forum about the 'good old days,' and there is an idea that things were far more perfect than they were.
    5 points
  44. Swami Mommy

    Anxiety over vocation

    You have mentioned twice in your post that you don’t really want to be a priest. You have answered your own question. The fact that you are mentioning the priesthood only in connection with your anxiety over dating and having your heart broken seems to indicate to me that on some level, you are using thoughts of the priesthood as a way to deflect your attention from your apparent dating anxiety and your insecurity about being a suitable dating companion and the fear of feeling vulnerable. I think you really know what you want—a relationship, a career in academia and participation in a faith-based community—because you talk about that in a MUCH more concrete way than about becoming a priest, but you don’t trust your inner promptings. Listen: there are NO perfect routes in life—no matter which choice of life path you make, there will be challenges as well as joys. If you tend more towards intellectualism, then no matter which way you choose to move through life, your path will probably throw challenging opportunities your way to balance out your go-to mental approach to life with more heart-centered interactions. Do you want to grow as a person? Then choose the path that will force you to access parts of yourself that are underdeveloped. Or not. There are no wrong choices; just different lessons. Good luck.
    5 points
  45. Nihil Obstat

    Resources on Transgenderism

    Shocking.
    5 points
  46. Nunsuch

    Canine conundrum

    People leave behind, um, people when they enter religious life. Human beings. Family members. I'm sorry, but if you find the thought of leaving behind animals, no matter how important they are to you, a virtually insurmountable barrier, then it probably is a sign that you care more about them than about religious life. Nothing wrong with that. But part of religious life is detachment. As has been said, make sure they are well cared for. If your call is real, it will override this.
    5 points
  47. JHFamily

    Reception of the host

    True, this is the norm in the United States. However, the norm for the Church universal is kneeling and on the tongue. The United States has a dispensation from this norm and priests are not allowed to refuse communion to those who wish to receive otherwise. (Not picking, just clarifying.)
    5 points
  48. Luigi

    Gay Saints

    It is possible that some saints had homosexual inclinations, but: - Sharing a bed with a person of the same gender was standard operating procedure for centuries. Beds were scarce, and there was no central heating or electric blankets. Personally, I've had plenty of experience of "three heads in a bed," with cousins when they came to visit, and with little brothers and sisters who woke up scared in the night. I've heard the same argument attributed to Mark Twain when we was traveling in the American West, and because he wrote about boys skinny dipping in the river. People who make these kinds of claims don't know social history, and they show that they cannot conceive of non-gay folks doing things that they themselves consider gay in a non-gay way. - Any evidence from Hollywood must be rejected out of hand. Hollywood produces fiction, not fact, and the portrayals are always exaggerated - pretty people are beautiful, ugly people are very ugly, mean people are very mean - everything's bigger on the big screen. And Hollywood has been a den of iniquity since its inception, both off the screen and on the screen. Any number of screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors have pushed 'loose morals' in American cinema for the last 100 years. People who make these kinds of claims think they're revealing deep dark secrets when, in fact, they're only revealing their own desperate need for affirmation.
    5 points
  49. Ash Wednesday

    Lawyer accidentally has cat philter on zoom during a court hearing

    If there is one funny thing you are able to enjoy on the internet today, let it be this. I have literally been laughing about this for HOURS.
    5 points
  50. JHFamily

    Health problems

    Just as an encouragement, I knew of a Poor Clare nun that was born with a physical deformity which prohibited her from kneeling or even just sitting on a normal chair. All she could do was take a little weight off by sitting on the edge of a tall stool. She could not even do all the chores that normal postulants and novices would do. However, the Poor Clares felt strongly that she had a vocation, accepted her, and she was professed with the community. There is certainly no guarantee that all communities will overlook your problems. There is not even a guarantee that one will. However, have confidence that if God is truly calling you to religious life, He will also call a very special community to accept you.
    5 points
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