Thursday, March 25, 2010

the truth behind my nun gazing...

... one evening I found myself discussing vocations with a priest. He advised me to wait five years and see if I still had the same desires in my heart. Next month it will be exactly five years since our initial discussion.

I am still nun gazing after all these years... perhaps that says something.

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14 comments:

Mimi said...

Indeed.

Lee Gilbert said...

"In the religious life
a man lives more purely,
falls more rarely,
rises more promptly,
walks more circumspectly,
receives the waters of grace more frequently,
reposes more securely,
dies more confidently,
is cleansed from his faults more quickly, and in Heaven receives a more magnificent reward."

St. Bernard

Just another mad Catholic said...

I can think of at least one counter-indicator Kat, your son

The Crescat said...

...who will be 18 when I am 45. I have given it considerable thought.

Just another mad Catholic said...

sorry just saw a situation where my knowledge of these things might prove useful

Angela M. said...

When you become a grandmother don't you want to be around to have a relationship with them?

Maria said...

There is a long tradition of widows and older women entering orders, especially the Visitandines. St. Jane De Chantal, Elizabeth Seaton. The Benedictines, traditional and contemplative, are open to older women. Sadly most orders are reluctant to consider older vocations; however, where there is a call, there is an exception. God makes the way. How old is your son, Kat?

Maria said...

Sorry--it looks like I am saying Seaton was a Visitandine. She wasn't--founded the Daughters of Charity.

nazareth priest said...

Just love Jesus and His Church as best you can...the consecrated life is something that can be lived in all kinds of ways...
God will direct you, either to a human spouse or His Son. He's very patient!

Big Fan said...

Rosalind Moss is in the process of establishing an order in St. Louis (they will be in full habit), Raymond Burke was the bishop who approved the order right before he went to Rome. (My terminology may not be correct, I'm a convert).

Roz says she wants to flood the streets of the city with habits. They have no age limitation as long as the applicant is physically capable.

They have a website "holder" but the site it not really up yet.

The order is Daughters of Mary, Mother of our Hope.

http://www.motherofourhope.org/

I believe they are taking applications now and will start to bring women in, this coming June. There's a phone number on their site. Plus Roz is still on Catholic Answers call-in show on some Wednesday's of the month. You can check their schedule at catholic.com to see when she's going to be on.

Just thought it might be interesting for you to watch their progress.

Curtis said...

Perseverance is one of the three pillars of discernment, according to the method of Sts. Francis de Sales and Ignatius of Loyola.

Tranquility and obedience being the other two.

Dominic Mary said...

Alternatively, you might consider a Secular Institute . . .

The Ironic Catholic said...

You know, its brave of you to be so open online. I mean that.

I don't do the nun gazing on my blog, but I smile at your pictures, and they (usually) strike me as visuals of totality and utter devotion...which you can live out as a non-nun. At least, I'm trying to. But who knows?

Pablo said...

dear Miss Crescat,

For your consideration:

My son, will you pray for me?

No one prays for me because I died in great peace, with a reputation for holiness, and my dear sisters certainly believe me to be in Paradise, and do not pray for me. I am on the verge of Paradise, languishing of love; close to my Divine Spouse; this love is the engine of my joy and the cause of the pain that tortures me. The pain is our joy in Purgatory, it is the torment of love, of love sickness. You start to know Purgatory, but never completely experience its joys and its sorrows. Tell your brothers that their great joys on earth are nothing but wind and smoke, next to the sublime joys of Purgatory. The greatest happiness for a soul is in Heaven. It is the eternal bliss! But immediately afterwards, there is no greater joy than to savor the joys of Purgatory. And learn this: the closer we get to Heaven, the further our sorrows diminish, that our focus upon them disappear. This disease of love of God is known by us here on the verge of Paradise. Yes, speak of the punishments in Purgatory, but also speak of the joy unspeakable of one day obtaining heaven!

My son, will you pray for me?

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