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[quote name='IgnatiusofLoyola' timestamp='1318023142' post='2317648']
One thing I would wonder about would be when to bring up issues like needing special products. Having no experience at all with discernment, especially on the first visit, would it make someone seem like a less serious candidate if they said, "I'm going to need this, and this, and this." Do they ask you on the first visit if you have dietary restrictions, etc.? Are preferences in products considered "necessities?" (I suspect this depends on the community--it seems different communities live the vow of poverty very differently.)

One thing that Laetitia Crucis said to me when she was in town was that with her current Community (she had been in religious life before with a very different Order) she just "went with the flow" because she not only had differences in Community customs and spirituality, but also cultural differences. (Although both the U.S. and the UK speak English, they are VERY different cultures in many ways--people are often surprised to find this.)
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I have dietary NEEDS so they have to be told early (dying on a visit isnt really a good sign :saint: ) but with products I tried what they had and asked as and when it became clear. Actually, I left it too long at one point and got told off for allowing my hands to develop deep creacks that then took weeks to heal.

This time, I have at least 4yrs worth of facial soap, and get aqueous cream on prescription, so at least I wont be asking for much that isnt food.

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[quote name='IgnatiusofLoyola' timestamp='1318023142' post='2317648']
One thing I would wonder about would be when to bring up issues like needing special products. Having no experience at all with discernment, especially on the first visit, would it make someone seem like a less serious candidate if they said, "I'm going to need this, and this, and this." Do they ask you on the first visit if you have dietary restrictions, etc.? Are preferences in products considered "necessities?" (I suspect this depends on the community--it seems different communities live the vow of poverty very differently.)

One thing that Laetitia Crucis said to me when she was in town was that with her current Community (she had been in religious life before with a very different Order) she just "went with the flow" because she not only had differences in Community customs and spirituality, but also cultural differences. (Although both the U.S. and the UK speak English, they are VERY different cultures in many ways--people are often surprised to find this.)
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I am only going to bring up necessities with the VD when I visit the RSMs next month. I'm not going to ask her about specific items, but I'm just going to ask something like, "What do the Sisters do when they need something like personal hygiene products?" She told me to write all my questions down and bring them with me. She already knows about my need for medication for my depression, so that is something I don't have to worry about talking about too much. :)

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[quote name='IgnatiusofLoyola' timestamp='1318023142' post='2317648']
One thing that Laetitia Crucis said to me when she was in town was that with her current Community (she had been in religious life before with a very different Order) she just "went with the flow" because she not only had differences in Community customs and spirituality, but also cultural differences. (Although both the U.S. and the UK speak English, they are VERY different cultures in many ways--people are often surprised to find this.)
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:) I'm not surprised. But then again with the tons of spanish speaking countries, and the mismash of spanish speakers that I deal with at Mass I'm more used to it. Then again ... after Argentina I am *oh-so-attuned* to cultural differences.

No need for learning by having someone use a figurative 2x4 again.

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[quote name='Blessed&Grateful' timestamp='1318027815' post='2317696']
Question I have always wondered; for night time Adoration, do most communities (cloistered) let the sisters go in their nightclothes or must they wear a habit?
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The Poor Clare Colettines wake up at midnight for Matins and they have a nighttime habit that they wear.

From [url="http://www.cloisteredlife.com/poor-clares/"]Cloistered Life:[/url]
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The nuns, clothed in the religious habit adapted for the night, rise in silence like the wise Virgins always ready and waiting for the call: “The Bridegroom is here, come out to meet Him!"[/quote]

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[quote name='Blessed&Grateful' timestamp='1318029427' post='2317703']
Thank you, FINALLY I know hehe.
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You're welcome. It's nice to know that after years of researching communities (almost 4 years, to be exact), my knowledge is finally coming in handy. :hehe2:

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[quote name='Blessed&Grateful' timestamp='1318027815' post='2317696']
Question I have always wondered; for night time Adoration, do most communities (cloistered) let the sisters go in their nightclothes or must they wear a habit?
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Like Mater said, PCCs wear a night habit so they don't have to change (though postulants do). When I visit the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration (active-contemplatives), I go to Adoration at midnight with a sister, Sr. Lois. They have robes they put on over their pjs, but not like bathrobes, more like a tunic similar to the tunic of their habit. And yes, I do get to wear one :nun:

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