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  1. 3 points
    beatitude

    Spirituality Type

    Be careful not to fall into the trap of viewing different spiritualities/charisms as like filing cabinets - e.g. "If I tick all these boxes, then I file myself with the Dominicans." No one's spiritual life works like that. The truth is that there will be individuals in every single religious order who would tell you that they love books, the rosary, Scripture, studying, and so on. Bl. Titus Brandsma and St Edith Stein were both academics who studied and wrote prolifically, and they weren't Dominicans, they were Carmelites. The best (in fact, the only) way to discern is to get in dialogue with some religious communities, develop a relationship with them, and let yourself be guided by the question, "Could being here teach me to love God and neighbour to the fullest?" You will only be able to answer that in dialogue with a specific community - you won't find an answer online, or by reading up on different spiritualities and charisms. If only you're guided by this question, then everything else will fall into place.
  2. 2 points
    JHFamily

    website ideas?

    Home Page: A short description of your community and charism, along with one community picture. A clear menu. A schedule of public liturgies and upcoming events. The best home page I've seen is for these Benedictines. When I'm browsing through community websites, this is what I like to see immediately in the menu: 1. Franciscan Life: Charism, founders, etc. with a few pictures of the buildings, founders, etc. You can provide further links on this page, rather than put them on the home page. 2. Apostolates: with another menu "Schools", "Nursing Homes", "Missions" etc. or if there are not enough to need a separate menu, then clearly defined as headers. 3. Prayer: Mass times, the Divine Office, including which Hours you pray as a community and required individually, Rosary, and other special devotions. 4. Vocations: An explanation of the different stages, particularly the timeline of your own community. Include age and health requirements and a horarium. An article on what it means to have a Franciscan vocation, particularly one in your community. A day in the life would be nice, as well. Frequently asked questions. Concrete information so that a young lady can get an idea whether she can live this life or wants to live this life. Links for Vocation Resources (optional). Your website is certainly lacking in this area. 5. Blog: Somewhere I can find the latest news as well as spiritual reflections as well as your usual posts. In other words, keep doing what you're doing. Oh, definitely a picture with every post, though. 6. Newsletters: (If you print one). Access to past newsletters. 7. Photo Gallery ... maybe. But this may work better in the blog. Only do this if you have lots of pictures of events, not just odds and ends. 8. Contact information. Have donation information and links here, too. I wouldn't include any videos that are not of your community. They distract from the purpose of the website -- to learn about your community. These things are easy to access elsewhere, and it avoids any controversial figures being associated with your community. (So, to be brutally honest, after seeing Fr. Martin on your vocation web page, I'd close out that tab and mark you off the list.) Good websites do not need extra links. If you feel that they are absolutely necessary, put them in the blog portion, but then again, just don't.
  3. 1 point
    Swami Mommy

    Spirituality Type

    Trappistine, perhaps? Benedictine would be my second choice, although hospitality is a strong component of their charism and if you are introverted you may not like bumping into random weekend visitors staying in guest houses on retreat. That being said, an oyster needs the irritant of a grain of sand to create a pearl. In like manner, if we have a natural tendency in ourselves that is very strong, it is sometimes helpful to be placed in situations that push the edge of our boundaries a bit and to ‘go against type’. For example, you mention that your interests are more mind-oriented. To balance that out, in a monastery setting you may be assigned more physical, outdoorsy work just to bring your attention back into your body and to ground you more. Or, if you are very introverted, you may be asked to assume a more public responsibility like doing the readings at Mass or greeting congregants at the exit afterwards if there is a local community Mass offered. It’s easy to feel spiritual when life feeds and supports our natural inclinations, but sometimes the truest level of spiritual maturity is best assessed by seeing if we can keep or hearts open even in what we would consider to be hellish circumstances that force us to grow beyond our comfort zone.
  4. 1 point
    passerby

    website ideas?

    I appreciate when a community states clearly what their spirituality and apostolates are. Sometimes there is lots of pious language but I don't actually know what sort of works that they do! And recent news and events is always great.
  5. 1 point
    Swami Mommy

    website ideas?

    This may sound trite to some, but the one thing I almost never see but usually look for, are photos of the sisters’/nuns’ cells. It helps to have that visual of the private space to which a person would retreat at the end of the day in order to imagine oneself spending a lifetime there.

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