Hello everyone! Greetings in Christ.:-) What is a vocation? Peopleoften seem to think that it is a call to the religious life. Notquite. I looked up "vocation" on my favorite dictionary online today,and it comes from the Latin vocatio; "summons", from vocare "call",from vox meaning "voice". So a vocation, according to the dictionary,is a summons. A summons...from Christ. Christ's summons is not just tothe religious life, but also the married life and the single life.Someday....I'm going to put articles in here on third order groups andthe married life and such... But not today.:-) Anyhow, I just thoughtthat was way cool so I had to put it in. I wonder how many things theHoly Spirit summons us to do during the day... How many reach us? ButI won't bore you anymore.... Check out the Monks of Adoration. I foundtheir website this week, and they looked pretty cool. Also, check outthe article on the Sisters of St. Cecilia....that is AWESOME!:-DCheerio!-and God bless,Veronica:-)Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christhttp://www.dljc.org/english/Monastery of St. Theresehttp://www.rc.net/detroit/carmelite/index.htmlThe Monks of Adorationhttp://www.monksofadoration.org/index.htmlMagnet of hope: Dominicans anchor French Quarter revivalBy Theresa Laurence3/8/2006Catholic News ServiceNEW ORLEANS, La. – Nestled in the heart of the famously rowdy FrenchQuarter of New Orleans is an oasis of learning and discipline, run byDominican nuns from a congregation, and catering to some of the city'smost at-risk children.NUNS WALK ALONG BOURBON STREET – Five Dominican Sisters walk alongBourbon Street in New Orleans' French Quarter in mid-January. The nunsstaff the Cathedral Academy in the French Quarter and are a strongpresence in the city, whether they're running errands or walking withthe children to Mass at nearby St. Louis Cathedral. (CNSphoto/Tennessee Register)Cathedral Academy is a spiritual presence in an area struggling to bereborn in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.The sisters, in their unmistakable black-and-white habits, "don't haveto say a word to proclaim God," said Sister Mary Rose Bingham,principal of Cathedral Academy, the parish school of St. LouisCathedral.Several years ago New Orleans Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes recruitedthe Dominican Sisters to run the elementary school, not only for theirteaching skills but particularly for the prayerful witness they giveto people, said Sister Mary Rose."Maybe every city needs it," she said, and maybe none as much as thefragile city of New Orleans.While certain neighborhoods, such as the French Quarter, aretentatively coming back to life, others remain in shambles. Homeownersare confused about when or if they will be able to rebuild; many ofthe city's residents are growing frustrated with feeling liketransients in their hometown.The Dominicans are working hard to provide these displaced anddisheartened families of New Orleans with some stability in theirlives.Following the storm Cathedral Academy was the first school, public orprivate, to reopen in Orleans Parish, a civil entity, and it welcomedanyone."If they were a child and they were breathing, they could come toschool," said Sister Mary Rose, who was principal of Overbrook Schoolin Nashville, 1998-2003."The parents were so desperate and so relieved," she said in aninterview with a Tennessee Register, official publication of theNashville Diocese."It's hard to overestimate the importance of that school coming backso quickly and so well" after the hurricane, said Father WilliamMaestri, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New Orleans."It served as a magnet of hope for the city."Families won't return to a city without the assurance that theirchildren can be enrolled in school, so "infrastructure begins todevelop when schools reopen," Father Maestri said.Cathedral Academy serves a predominantly African-American population;many of the students come from poor or broken homes. "The traditionalfamily structure is pretty nonexistent," said Sister Mary Rose.When she first came to the school three years ago, she was saddened tolearn that "the majority of the kids had lost family members toviolent deaths." During that first year, three more students lost aloved one to shootings.Since Katrina, Cathedral Academy has nearly doubled in size, from 125to 250 students, and nearly all pay drastically reduced tuition. Whilethe racial makeup of the student body is basically the same, most ofthe students who started school last August have resettled elsewhere.The students now enrolled at Cathedral Academy have come from all overthe city, and about one-quarter of them are from public schools. Theirparents are civil service, city or relief workers, including policeand firefighters; many families are still living on cruise ships or inhotels or trailers.One of the biggest challenges since reopening in mid-October "has beenthe constant change and back and forth of the students," said SisterMary Cecilia Goodrum, junior high religion and literature teacher atCathedral Academy, also a former principal of Overbrook.The months of upheaval following the hurricane have been especiallytraumatic for the oldest students, Sister Mary Cecilia said. "Juniorhigh is so hard for them anyway. They're trying to understand who theyare and be comfortable among their peers."Some students are having an especially difficult time adjusting tolife in temporary housing or to being in their own home with extrafamily members around.The hardest thing for eighth-grader Ariel Perkins is "living with allthese people in your house in and out. It's drama the whole time,"said the 13-year-old. Two aunts and their families were living intrailers in her family's yard."Your room was your sanctuary," said McNally Sislo, 13. "Now we're ina FEMA trailer... like sardines in a can." FEMA is the FederalEmergency Management Agency.The student body has fluctuated greatly since October, but Sister MaryRose expected most of the students now attending Cathedral Academy tobe there at least until the end of this school year. Some children,shuffled around after the hurricane to as many as six schools in fourmonths, are at Cathedral Academy because their own school wasdestroyed or has yet to reopen.Sister Mary Cecilia tries to keep an open dialogue with students abouttheir Katrina experiences, and sometimes uses the storm as aspringboard for religion class.While the sisters "grieve for the kids who evacuated and had to leaveus," their mission is to "live in the spirit of the present moment"and serve the people "placed in our path" by the hurricane, SisterMary Rose said.
I changed the look of the journal.... What do you guys think? I'm not sure the picture matches with the main color.
http://ccc.usccb.org/video/fishers_of_men1.wmvThanks for sharing Joshy!:-)
Hey everyone! Just a quick note about the communities below. I've met both the female communities. The "Pink Nuns" are great and the Little Sisters of the Poor are one of my all time favorite communities! The Little Sisters are so very poor, they really do serve the elderly well...as is evident by the radiant, happy faces of their residents. :-D We will be visiting them this year on our annual vocations pilgrimage, and I can't wait! My mother asked one of their sisters what kind of stipend we should give them for they're hospitality this year and the Little Sister said "Stipend?? Oh no! We do not need a stipend. God is very good to us. We always have enough food for today....never enough for tomorrow, but always enough for today." Aren't they AWESOME??!!God bless!Veronica-------------Little Sisters of the Poorhttp://www.littlesistersofthepoor.org/index.cfmHoly Spirit Adoration Sisters "Pink Nuns"http://www.mountgraceconvent.org/Congregation of the Annunciation, Saint Andrew's Abbeyhttp://www.valyermo.com/Religious Education and VocationsRev. John A. Hardon, S.J.Vocations to the priesthood and the religious life depend on good religious education as the harvest depends on a good soil. Vocations prosper when religious education in the home and school is true to its Catholic heritage; when parents and teachers seriously proclaim the Faith of our Fathers, when they train the young in the Christian virtues of obedience, chastity and selfless charity, and lead the souls under their care to a healthy fear of sin and a loving devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.On the other hand, where sound religious education is neglected it is either tempting Providence or asking for a miracle to expect vocations to flourish. And no amount of effort to adjust seminaries or novitiates to an alleged new age of freedom will attract young people to give themselves to the consecrated service of the Church.This has profound implications for both the home and school. The breakdown of family life has had devastating consequences on priestly and religious vocations. The secularization of large segments of once-thriving Catholic schools has reduced vocations in some parts of the United States to the vanishing point.Where have vocations over the centuries been most prosperous if not in places where the seeds of Faith were sown and nourished by believing parents and teachers? The same is true today. Either we Americans wake up to this fact of supernatural history or our present situation will not only not improve but become more serious with every passing year.Two basic recommendations. Whatever is done to strengthen the Catholic family, to keep father and mother together and inspire them to educate their children in the fear and love of God is the first and single most effective means of giving the Church the vocations she needs to carry on the mission entrusted to Her by the Redeemer.So, too, whatever is done to preserve Catholic schools, make certain they are teaching the Church's doctrine in complete loyalty to Christ and His Vicar on earth, and protecting them from the violence of modern secularism, is a sure way of obtaining the priests and religious that the world needs.Why does the world need priests and religious? Because it needs the graces that are channeled by the Sacrifice of the Mass and merited by a lifetime sacrifice of self under the vows. Vocation Story....Sr. Carly Campagna Corvallis, OregonAge: 20 During my first two years of high school, my home parish in Corvallis, Oregon, was blessed with a new youth coordinator fresh out of Magdalen College and on fire for Christ and His Church. Over that time, we got to know each other (and even took a trip to New Hampshire together) before this friend and role model of mine responded to God's call for her to join some fairly new religious order in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At that point, I had been learning more about my Faith and coming to truly embrace it as my own, but the religious life was not even on my radar. And yet, for the remainder of my high school years, Sr. Maximilian Marie and I kept in touch, and a greater appreciation and love of such a calling was fostered within me. But that life was for her! As for me, I was chomping at the bit to continue my Catholic education at Christendom College in Virginia. When the day finally arrived for me to begin at Christendom, I’m sure I was one of the most excited people in the world. At last! I had found my home for the next four years! Yet, early on in my college career, I was hit with the possibility that I didn't have everything figured out. Barely a month after my arrival on campus, we had our annual vocations fair, during which representatives from over three dozen religious orders set up displays around the cafeteria. There, I met four Sisters of Mary, who brought me greetings from Sr. Maximilian Marie, and I ended up spending part of my day with them. This encounter got me thinking. Though I had never before considered the religious life for myself, I knew there was something special going on up in Ann Arbor. I could tell from the Sisters who came to Christendom that September day, from their newsletters, and from Sr. Maximilian Marie's letters over the years -- and I wanted to figure out what it was! So, less than a month after meeting my first sisters, I was able to attend the vocations retreat, but “only to see Sr. Maximilian Marie.” What began as this mere act of curiosity soon catapulted me into my very own discernment journey, under the wise guidance of Sr. Joseph Andrew and our college chaplains. Fifteen months, two retreats, many hours of Adoration, and quite a bit of indecisive agony later, God presented me with an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up: a friend was driving from Christendom to the February retreat and wanted to know if I was interested in coming along. It was during those three grace-filled days that the Lord truly overwhelmed me with His peace, and I knew I couldn't possibly be happy doing anything other than entering in the fall! He showed me so clearly that all of my objections and fears regarding leaving Christendom, all of my friends there, and my family were answered so beautifully with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Here, indeed, was the community I sought so desperately at Christendom, friends with the common goal of eternity with Our Lord, and a true family beyond my wildest imaginings. So now, here I am, finally coming home. All of these cares and concerns are still with me, in a sense, but now I am able to place them completely in the most capable hands of Mother Mary, at the feet of her Son. And I know that He, who has gotten me this far, can take care of the rest!
1 Corinthians 13Love1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.--------“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; To seek Him, the greatest adventure; To find Him, the greatest human achievement.” ~St. Augustine
Hello everyone! Long time, no see.... Sorry about that. Back to our regular scheduled programing. Unless anyone has an objection, I think I'll just give to you all the names and web addresses of communities rather than a list of what they do, ect. It would be much easier for me...:-) Ok, without further ado... enjoy.God bless,VeronicaCarmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirmhttp://www.carmelitesisters.com/Carmel of St. Teresa, Alhambra CAhttp://members.aol.com/teresacarm/Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmelhttp://www.carmelitehermits.org/Vocation Testimonial...www.sistersofmary.orgSr. Camille ReaColumbus, OhioAge: 18 I have always wanted to be a Religious Sister. I think it was in my second grade that the idea first hit me. I had read the story of St. Therese, the Little Flower, and fell in love with her. She has helped me along the entire path! The amazing part of this story is that I had never known a Sister; not even seen one. I attended public school and thus never experienced Sisters. Still, I longed to become one. In middle school the urge increased. After reading the Story of a Soul, my heart was enflamed once again. High school began and I started looking at different orders: Carmelites first, of course, because of St. Therese. But, at the beginning of my Sophomore year, God blessed me with a wonderful deacon, and now a wonderful priest friend—Fr. Jonathan Wilson. He told me about a group of Dominicans he knew and suggested that I look them up. So, I looked up the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist and emailed them. Just at this time, a friend of mine, Stash Dailey, emailed to let me know that some Sisters would be visiting in Columbus and wondered if I wanted to meet them. After saying yes, I asked who they were, and lo and behold, God sent Sr. Joseph Andrew after me. So, before really starting any correspondence, I got to meet my wonderful Sisters in Person. That was in October of my Sophomore year. In May of that same year, I made my first retreat with the Sisters and totally fell in love with everything and everyone! Since then, I have been blessed to make 7 retreats with the Sisters and have loved every visit with them. This is my home! God is so Good!----------------Vocations and the Commitment CrisisRev. John A. Hardon, S.JWith the dwindling number of entries into seminaries and novitiates, we naturally ask, "What happened?" And we are inclined to put the blame where it does not belong, on a lack of vocations. It is high time we took a hard look at the facts and draw some obvious, even though painful, conclusions.In theological language a vocation comes from Christ. He calls some people to follow Him in the priesthood or consecrated life by giving them the graces they need to recognize this call, respond to it, and remain faithful for a lifetime to the special call they have received.A vocation, therefore, is the grace of invitation. But, like the rich, young man in the Gospel, those who receive the grace may refuse even to accept the invitation; or, like Peter, may struggle for a long time before they fully surrender to Christ; or like Judas, they may be seduced by what the world offers them and betray the master whom they had known and for a time had followed.When the grace of vocation is freely accepted and generously lived out, this is commitment. Vocations come from God's free choice of certain individuals; commitment comes from our free choice to cooperate with the graces received. Without a vocation, there would be lacking the necessary grace; without a commitment the grace would remain sterile and bear no fruit in the spiritual or apostolic life.We return to where we began and repeat the question, "What happened? " Why the drastic fall in the number of stable priests and religious in affluent countries like the U.S.? We dare not say that God has been wanting in His gift of vocations. We must say that men and women have been wanting in their commitment.What we are facing today is a massive failure in every state of life to make a lifetime commitment. And though the phenomenon is familiar from the dawn of Christianity, it has reached an all time low in the present century. Where? wherever Christ and His teaching are dismissed as antiquated mythology.Chesterton once wrote an essay on "A Defense of Rash Vows " that beautifully describes the modern situation. He explains how modern rejection of vows has tragically affected the historic commitment set down by Christ for the sacrament of marriage. The quotation from Chesterton is long but worth giving -- and remembering: "The revolt against vows has been earned in our day even to the extent of a revolt against the typical vow of marriage. It is most amusing to listen to the opponents of marriage on this subject. They appear to imagine that the ideal of constancy was a yoke mysteriously imposed on mankind by the devil, instead of being, as it is, a yoke consistently imposed by all lovers on themselves They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words -- 'free love' -- as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind oneself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word. Modern sages offer to the lover, with an ill-favored grin, the largest liberties and the fullest irresponsibility; but they do not respect him as the old Church respected him; they do not write his oath upon the heavens, as the record of his highest moment. They give him every liberty except the liberty to sell his liberty, which is the only one that he wants."Until we rediscover the true meaning of love, which gives itself -- sells itself, if you will -- to the one it claims to love, we shall continue trying to promote vocations. But the real need, is to promote commitment. Priests and religious, no less than married people, must be taught and trained in the true meaning of love. ----------------Without a Place and With a Place~St. John of the CrossWithout a place and with a placeto rest -- living darkly with no rayof light -- I burn my self away.My soul -- no longer bound -- is freefrom the creations of the world;above itself it rises hurledinto a life of ecstasy,leaning only on God. The worldwill therefore clarify at lastwhat I esteem of highest grace:my soul revealing it can restwithout a place and with a place.Although I suffer a dark nightin mortal life, I also knowmy agony is slight, for thoughI am in darkness without light,a clear heavenly life I know;for love gives power to my life,however black and blind my day,to yield my soul, and free of strifeto rest -- living darkly with no ray.Love can perform a wondrous laborwhich I have learned internally,and all the good or bad in metakes on a penetrating savor,changing my soul so it can beconsumed in a delicious flame.I feel it in me as a ray;and quickly killing every traceof light -- I burn my self away.
MY JESUS,Here is my tongue that You may watch over it; that it may not utter more than pleases You; and that my silence may speak to You.Here are my ears that they may listen only to the voice of duty; and to Your Voice, O Jesus!Here are my eyes that they may not cease to behold You in every face and in every work.Here are my hands and my feet that You may make them agile, that they may be riveted to Your service alone, to the execution of Your desires.Here are my thoughts that Your Light may possess them.Here is my heart that Your Love, O Jesus! may reign and rest in it.+ + +Morning Offering composed by Sister Mary of the Trinity, Poor Clare of Jerusalem, and Our Lord's response. See website at: here.
Wu-hoo!So back in September, I wrote a letter to the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance. Today I FINALLY got a response. Thought you guys would be interested.( My Original LetterCollapse )( Informational Pamphlet they sent back.Collapse )( Letter they wrote back (with very nice handwriting.) Collapse )
Hey everyone! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!! My older brothers are in town right now, so for the next few weeks I'm going to give mini newsletters. Very mini.:-) God bless!VeronicaActive Women's community...Dominican Sisters of St. Josephhttp://www.dominicansrs.co.uk/home.htmCloistered Women's community...Benedictine Sisters, Monastery of Our Lady of the Deserthttp://www.ourladyofthedesert.org/index.asp?ID=1Men's Community...Benedictine Monks, Monastery of Christ in the Deserthttp://christdesert.org/-- Bl. Luchesius, patron of lost vocations, pray for us.St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, patron of all vocations, pray for us.Our Lady of Sorrows, patron of oblate vocations, pray for us.
What You Can Do About Temptation! By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P. Used with permission, from the Passionist Priests, to help spiritually guide the layman.It's not unusual for a confessor to be asked this question: "I want to love God so much, yet I have such strong temptations to certain sins. What is worse these temptations seem so attractive at times. Why is this?"The Apostle Paul could easily answer that question. He wrote of how he experienced the same conflict-the law of his members fighting against the law of his mind. This constant conflict between our built-in inclinations to evil and our frequent desire to love God is the lot of everyone.The first thing to say about temptation is-don't be surprised at it! Scripture warns that we are inclined to evil from the days of our youth-and what is temptation but an invitation to evil. No matter how prolonged or intense the invitation-no one has to accept it. It's what you do with temptation that really matters!Is everyone tempted in the same way and in the same degree? Of course not! For one thing, your type of character and temperament makes a difference. Some saints are tempted against purity most of their lives, while others are freed after a brief encounter with temptation. Some are more inclined by nature to pride, while others have to be on guard against sensuality or avarice.Difference of upbringing also leaves its mark here. A person trained to virtue from his youth will have an easier time of it than one who is not. Each soul usually has one special weakness, as well as past history of certain sins. These also influence his present behavior in time of temptation. Finally, there is the Providential design of God on each soul.Why does God invite you to union with Himself and then permit you to be tempted so strongly? That's easy, too. Temptation enables you to merit Heaven by your loyal struggle for "only the violent carry away." Through it, God permits a means of purification as well as atonement for past sins. It even offers the opportunity to grow in the very virtue against which you are tempted.Fully-confident that "to those who love God all things work unto good" the saints used their temptations as stepping stones to greater love of God. Each new temptation made them less reliant on self and more reliant on the grace of our Savior. They even found in their temptations an indication of the virtues God wished them to cultivate to a higher degree. Thus, their temptations prodded them on to a greater spiritual progress.What's the best way to fight temptation? First be humble-for humility wins God's grace and grace is made perfect in infirmity. Don't be over-anxious about temptations because this may increase them; and don't be over-careless, or temptation may catch you off guard. With alertness, firmness and calmness combat it when it strikes. Certain temptations are better handled by diversionary tactics such as those against chastity, rather than by trying to "push" them out of your mind.Above all, pray frequently and fight perseveringly. Our Blessed Lord promised help to those who ask and a crown to those who persevere until the end. Some of His greatest saints were molded in a crucible of temptation. The same could be true of you!