"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." -Frederick Buechner This quote I discovered from the book A Sacred Voice is Calling by John Neafsey
Anyone heard of the site www.vocationsplacement.org ? I signed up a few years ago, and now and then I get these great newsletters. Natalie Smith is also a great vocations director to talk to. Here's one of my recent newsletters: Title: "Alone With God" At a famous monastery there is a sign saying, “God Alone”. But do you know that a person can be completely separated from the world and still not be “alone” with God? Do you realize that you can be in the hubbub of Life or in the middle of nowhere or in your room with the “door shut” and be “with God alone?” Are you with God now? I mean, are you with your self (Christ living in you)? Do you know your self? Do you stand by Him without ceasing? Can you hear Him inside of you expressing His joys, sadness, confusions, hopes on a moment to moment basis? Do you know Him? Many saints have said “you know your vocation by knowing your self.” I press the issue because in order to find your vocation you must hear HIM and be brutally honest about what He is saying. Remember the scripture “Depart from me I never knew you.” But yet the person answered back saying, “But didn’t I do great miracles in your name?” So many people I work with are avoiding the responsibility of hearing their own inner Jesus by focusing on other people’s problems. Many are “loving their neighbor “instead” of themselves, NOT “as” themselves. This is a serious matter, because when we do not show the world that there is something called “vocation” by listening to our own inner Jesus we are fostering hopelessness and failing to be the example to others who are struggling with their own faith. By our entering our vocation we become living examples of the meaning of Life itself and we all know that Life without meaning fosters despair in ourselves and others. By standing firm with Christ within we bring the joy of the “Kingdom of God to earth as it is in heaven.” We bring meaning, and happiness, and Life to others starting with ourselves, pouring forth from our own hearts first, as in the image of the Sacred Heart the light (Love) that God pours forth from within our own depths before it can be seen by others. Listen to your heart, your sacred desires are a map leading to the birth of hope to the world. Vocation is like a sacrament. Vocation is a “fountainhead of grace” as is baptism or confirmation. Vocation is too often treated as a sacramental. A sacramental offers a reminder: a sacrament offers divine grace to do the impossible. Our vocation makes it evident to the world that there is a God. By our vocation we are a witness to a divine energy that invites us to participate in the birthing of Love in the world, God’s and our world. Through vocation we will do the impossible: like the Blessed Mother getting pregnant without a man or Jesus rising from the dead. There is no doubt to those around us that God has done through us what the height of human effort could not. So also will it be when you are in YOUR vocation. The world needs to see your witness to the existence of God operating through vocation, whether it be marriage, religious life, or the priesthood. Do not underestimate the hope and Love others are witnessing through your adherence to your own Inner Jesus. Out of the allegiance to your own inner Jesus you will then be able truly to listen to other’s Inner Jesus through ministry. But in this newsletter I am exhorting you strongly to minister to your self first (your own Inner Jesus) by taking the time thoroughly to discern what your Inner Jesus wants and feels. In completely owning what you want and feel, you are now “identifying” with Christ not simply “imitating” Him. It is then and only then that it is truly no longer you "living but Christ living in you". Natalie Smith 1-800-221-1807 For more on vocation see: http://www.vocationsplacement.org/books.asp?bookpage=true Blessings, Natalie Smith and the Vocations Placement Staff x-posted to men_vocations and womenvocations
The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia: 8 new postulants. Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist: 13 postulants. Alma Sisters of Mercy: 3 postulants.Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George: 2 postulants.Any communities I've missed, folks?
From the Institute on Religious Life...I thought this was unique.:-)
Hi! My name is Theresa and I feel called to the Benedictine order. I am having a hard time finding the right community and was wondering if anyone around here knows of a good one. Here are the qualities I am looking for;1. Benedictine.2. A habit.3. Daily Eucharistic Adoration.4. Active.If anyone knows of a community like this, please let me know! Thanks!-Theresa
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:12-14)Have a very blessed Christmas everyone!
From the Sisters of St. Cecilia Website...Is that cool, or what? :-D
I keep forgetting to post this here. But there is an awesome video made by the USCCB and CFRs about the priesthood, called Fishers of Men. You can watch it/download it here: http://ccc.usccb.org/video/fishers_of_men1.wmvGod bless!Josh
Hey guys! We had a good week for feast days this week. Among themwhere the feasts of Sts. Francis and Bruno. St. Francis founded theFranciscans, and St. Bruno founded the Carthusians. I have a fewCarthusain links below, and the rest are Franciscan communities.Enjoy.:-)In Christ,Veronica:-)=========CARTHUSIANSA letter from Saint Bruno to the Carthusians...~Rejoice, my dearest brothers, because you are blessed and because ofthe bountiful hand of God's grace upon you. Rejoice, because you haveescaped the various dangers and shipwrecks of the stormy world.Rejoice because you have reached the quiet and safe anchorage of asecret harbor. Many wish to come into this port, and many make greatefforts to do so, yet do not achieve it. Indeed many, after reachingit, have been thrust out, since it was not granted them from above.By your work you show what you love and what you know. When youobserve true obedience with prudence and enthusiasm, it is clear thatyou wisely pick the most delightful and nourishing fruit of divineScripture.~Offical Website of the Carthusianshttp://www.chartreux.org/Carthusian Monastery, Charterhouse of the Transfigurationhttp://www.laycarthusians.homestead.com/TRANSFIGURATION.htmlLife in a Carthusian Charterhouse...http://www.chartreux.org/en/NUN.HTM================FRANCISCANSSisters~Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charityhttp://www.fscc-calledtobe.org/Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Maryhttp://www.fargodiocese.org/vocations/sfc/index.htmSisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. Georgehttp://www.altonfranciscans.org/Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adorationhttp://www.ssfpa.org/Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharisthttp://www.cmswr.org/member_communities/SSFHE.htmFranciscan Sisters of the Eucharisthttp://www.fsecommunity.org/Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculatehttp://www.marymediatrix.com/rel_life/sisters.shtmlFranciscan Sisters, T.O.R., of Penance and Our Sorrowful Motherhttp://www.torsisters.org/Daughters of St. Francis of Assisihttp://www.religiouslife.com/w_dsfalacon.phtmlLittle Sisters of St. Francis (sister community of Little Brothers ofSt. Francis)http://www.littlesistersofstfrancis.org/School Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francishttp://www.panhandlefranciscans.org/Friars~Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharisthttp://www.fbecommunity.org/Franciscan Brothers of Peacehttp://www.brothersofpeace.org/Franciscan Friars of the Renewalhttp://www.franciscanfriars.com/Little Brothers of St. Francishttp://www.littlebrothersofstfrancis.org/Order of Friars Minor Conventual, St. Bonaventure Provincehttp://www.franciscancommunity.com/index.htmFranciscan Brothershttp://www.franciscanbrothers.org/Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Crosshttp://www.franciscanbrothers.net/Franciscan Custody of the Holy Landhttp://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/cust/TSmain.htmlFranciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Wordhttp://www.mfva.info/Capuchin Franciscan, Province of St. Augustinehttp://www.capuchin.com/Franciscan Friars, Province of St. John the Baptisthttp://www.franciscan.org/Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conceptionhttp://www.franciscanfriarstor.com/Conventual Franciscanshttp://www.franciscans.org/Franciscan Friars, Province of the Holy Spirithttp://www.franciscans.org.au/Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Australiahttp://www.capuchinfriars.org.au/Franciscan Friars of the Atonementhttp://www.atonementfriars.org/Order of Friars Minor, Sacred Heart Provincehttp://www.thefriars.org/Capuchin Franciscans, Province of Mid-Americahttp://www.capuchins.org/Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception Provincehttp://www.franciscanseast.org/Franciscans, Irelandhttp://www.franciscans.ie/Capuchin Franciscans, Province of St. Josephhttp://www.capuchinfranciscans.org/Franciscan Friars Minor, Irelandhttp://www.irishcapuchins.com/Franciscans, Holy Name Provincehttp://www.hnp.org/index_en.cfmConventual Franciscan Friars, Province of St. Joseph of Cupertinohttp://www.franciscanfriars.org/Quotes of St. Francis of Assisi~Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenlyyou are doing the impossible.~Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.~No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no onedoes you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.~It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy faceor a chilling look.~It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.~Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
Hey guys, for those of you who don't know already.... The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist excepted 15 new postulants to their ranks not long ago, and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia have 13.Check them out;Sisters of St. Ceciliahttp://www.nashvilledominican.org/News/Community_News/Postulants.htmSisters of Maryhttp://www.sistersofmary.org