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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Reflection from Mass Readings: Tuesday 29th week in OT

23 October 2018
Tuesday of week 29 in Ordinary Time
First reading
Ephesians 2:12-22 ©
In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us
Do not forget that you had no Christ and were excluded from membership of Israel, aliens with no part in the covenants with their Promise; you were immersed in this world, without hope and without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God: in his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.
  So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.


From the above reading, a particular verse struck me. 
“You that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ”. Ephesians 2:12-22

Reflection by Kim:

Christ Jesus has bought us with His own blood. We belong to Him and owe everything to Him. We owe our lives to Him, to live for Him and die for Him. What greater sacrifice can one offer except to give one’s life, all they have, for another? It is only natural that we are drawn to Him, to be in perfect union with Him, in the greatness of His glory, but also in the greatness of His suffering. How much more then, can we ask of our Lord if He has already given us all? Let us, then, thank Him with a grateful heart, that we may know that closeness of the relationship He entered into with us.

Since we are all part of God's household, let us also remember that each person we encounter is a brother or sister in Christ, and part of the Body of Christ. Therefore, let us love one another, as God loves us. Let the Holy Spirit dwell in us and guide us to be the light amongst this crazy world we live in. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, cover us, protect us, sanctify us and guide us, Amen.


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Passionist Nuns in the UK


I found this posting on the Phatmass Vocation Station Forum. For those of you considering monastic life, do check out the Passionist Nuns in UK if you're there!

God bless!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Guide: What are the CMSWR and LCWR Women Religious Organizations?

There are two canonically approved groups for women religious leadership of congregations:





Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)















After deciding to discern religious life the next step for a young woman is to decide which communities to visit where she thinks she may be called and to contact the vocation director. A young women needs to consider what she is looking for in religious life and that will help her to decide whether she would like to visit a CMSWR community, and LCWR community or perhaps a community that chooses to be in neither of those two organizations, such as the Sisters of the Community of St. John or the Benedictines of St. Scholastica Priory

What are the differences between the CMWR and the LCWR? 
*All information is directly from the CMSWR and LCWR websites


CMSWR 

Vision
The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious will be a collaborative body of life-bearing women religious committed to “the full flowering”* of religious life in the United States by placing our collective feminine genius** at the service of the Church and one another. CMSWR will be a wellspring of hope and a trusted resource for the ongoing revitalization of religious life and the new evangelization.


Core Values
Fidelity: Ecclesial women faithful to the Magisterium
A life-giving spirit: Nurturing with Mary the Church’s life and holiness
Commitment: Ongoing revitalization of religious life
Spirituality of communion: Engaging the truth of and being enriched by the beauty, unity and goodness of each charism


Mission Statement
General Mission
  • To establish an effective collaboration among major superiors
  • To cooperate closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and with individual Bishops
  • To nurture “a renewed appreciation of the deeper theological reasons for this special form of consecration”
Specific Mission
  • To provide a clear, stable and official channel through which major superiors, assisted by an Episcopal Liaison appointed by the Holy See, can share the vision, principles and directives of the Magisterium with regard to religious life (VC 52)
  • To provide a realistically viable and mutually helpful forum for participation, education and dialogue on the shared patrimony of the Church’s teaching on matters central to the mystery and reality of religious life as integral to the life and holiness of the Church (LG 44; VC 53)
  • To promote a unity among major superiors that will give testimony of hearts grateful for their vocation in the Church, their union with the Magisterium of Peter and their filial love of Christ’s Vicar on earth (VC 85)
  • To articulate the theology of religious life as a vocation nurturing the Church’s life and holiness
  • To assist in the revitalization of institutes of religious life and their participation within each particular church
  • To offer educational opportunities helpful to religious institutes


LCWR

Mission Statement

The purpose of the conference shall be to promote a developing understanding and living of religious life by:
  • assisting its members personally and communally to carry out more collaboratively their service of leadership in order to accomplish further the mission of Christ in today's world.
  • fostering dialogue and collaboration among religious congregations within the church and in the larger society.
  • developing models for initiating and strengthening relationships with groups concerned with the needs of society, thereby maximizing the potential of the conference for effecting change.
General Mission
We are ecclesial women, living in hope, rooted in the mission of Jesus.  We claim our prophetic role and inherent responsibility in the church by grounding all we are and all we do in a contemplative stance, by living in right relationship with all creation and being in solidarity with the global community.
We live in a world filled with the action of God’s creating love and are partners of that divine activity in a time when major social and global change creates both enormous challenge and significant opportunity. We recognize that technology shrinks time and distance, creating new ways of thinking and relating.  We experience the reality that growing inequity breeds oppression.  Unbridled consumption and unfettered capitalism imperil the common good and environmental degradation threatens all God's creation. We desire to understand and address root causes of systemic evil and work with others to meet global needs in a way that reflects the spaciousness of God’s abundant love in the world.
We abide in a church whose members experience a renewed call to live the heart of the Gospel. We commit ourselves to work with others to nurture a church that is a more inclusive, welcoming community, one that encourages meaningful expressions of faith and spirituality.  We seek to bring science, theology, and lived-experience into greater dialogue and desire to create safe, honest places for open exploration of the pressing questions of these times.  We have been nourished and sustained by our faith tradition and stand in solidarity with others who long to pass on a vibrant faith and rich tradition to succeeding generations. We desire strengthened relationships between church leaders and the community of the faithful and pray for genuine forgiveness and healing within the Body of Christ.
We lead congregations faithful to the call of the Gospel that attempt to bridge the tradition which grounds us and the future which calls us forward.   Our members are challenged to live their call on the margins of society, to welcome more ethnic and cultural diversity and honor shifting worldviews.  They yearn for a deepening of mutual respect and trust between women religious and church authorities and desire significant and sustained collaboration with the laity.  Their life and ministry is grounded in a contemplative stance that helps them face the significant shifts in demographics that hold substantial implications for them.  They experience major transitions in their lives, ministerial presence, and influence and, in some cases, the completion of their mission.  Within these realities, they rejoice in hope and promise as consecrated women and place their poverty with the richness of God’s action for the good of the world

Specific Mission

Embrace Critical Change

LCWR tends the evolution of religious life by:
  • accompanying congregations in their transformational stages. These include congregations that are immigrating to the United States, those needing assistance to fulfill their mission, those bringing their mission to conclusion.
  • creating spaces for deep conversations that articulate the essential and enduring values of religious life in a contemporary context
  • embracing and honoring an increasingly diverse membership within LCWR
  • attending to the internal organizational changes necessitated by shifting demographics.

Provide Skills and Resources for Contemplative and Anticipatory Leadership

LCWR accompanies leaders in initial and ongoing development as they navigate critical issues in the world, the church, and their religious institutes by:
  • providing programs and resources that prepare leaders for their ministry
  • tapping the wisdom of former leaders; gleaning the emerging wisdom of current leaders; and mentoring future leaders
  • preparing women religious for leadership in an emerging intercultural, global reality
  • partnering with organizations that strengthen women religious nationally and internationally

Stand for Social Justice in Response to the Needs of the Time

LCWR claims the moral imperative of the Gospel and pledges its collective voice, resources, and power in solidarity with others to:
  • establish economic justice
  • abolish modern-day slavery
  • ensure immigrant rights
  • promote nonviolence
  • protect Earth and its biosphere

Prayer
Pray in the silence of your own heart and listen to where you feel God may be calling you in religious life. Do you feel a tug on your heartstrings to enter a community with values of fidelity to the Magisterium, a life-giving spirit that calls one to holiness, commitment to the new evangelization, and spirituality of communion by recognizing and spreading the truth of the Gospels or do you feel more pulled toward a community that assists one another in membership as communities are being faced with transformations from within, calls for dialogue with regards to the Church community as a whole and more inclusiveness within the Church, and has a major focus on social justice issues? Perhaps you feel called to neither women religious organization and your heart is yearning for a more traditional community, one that prays in Latin and participates in the Latin Tridentine Mass, such as the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.



 Vocation Prayer
*Prayer #11 from the USCCB website 

Loving God,
Is it I, Lord?
Are you calling me to a vocation
of ministry in the Church as
Priest, Sister, Brother or Deacon?
Or if I am already living out a life's
vocation, are you asking me to help
call others to the ministry of
leadership in the Church?
We do need men and women to help
lead us as Church, Lord. We are your
people of the valley, prairie and pines,
the Diocese of ______________
Speak to us Lord.
Open the minds and hearts of many
men and women to live your Word
and build your Kingdom.
Speak to me Lord.
Plant your Word within me so that
whatever you call me to be or do
I may say Yes, Here I Am Lord.

Lord here I am!

What would you like me to
do with my life?

(Pause to listen to God for a moment)

Teach me to do your
will, Lord.

And let your Holy Spirit
guide me!

I will be praying for you as you begin your journey of discernment, and I ask that you please pray for me too as I prepare to enter into a religious community myself. God bless you.

 
 
 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Welcome from Christina: Vocation Operation

Christina M. Sorrentino is a millennial, cradle, Catholic who is an aspiring religious sister, and a blogger and writer in Staten Island, New York in the United States. She is the author of the book, Called to Love A Listening Heart - A Book of Catholic Poetry. She has contributed to Blessed is She, Pursed by Truth, Pilgrim - A Journal of Catholic Experience, Leonie's Longing, Quelpart - Notes of a Catholic Life, Catholic New York, and the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. She blogs about faith and discernment at Called to Love - A Listening Heart

Friday, 3 November 2017

Update: Kim

Oil Pastel Painting by Me

I realise I haven't written on the blog for a while. It is not because I have forgotten, but rather because I wanted to see what would come of my life as time took its turn. The Holy Spirit has been leading me, and as I pray for the openness to submit fully and wholly to God's will, I discover more and more about myself and where God is leading me. He has made clear areas of my life where I need to grow, to learn to trust Him in.

We often speak of surrender to God's will, but sometimes, we may think we are surrendering, but inside, there are many things we don't really want to let go of. Therefore, I pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the eyes of our hearts and minds that we may see what hope His call holds for us. Let go and let God, as they say.

I will write more at a later date, as life, as always, has been very busy and very blessed. I hope and pray that all will be well, and ask that you all trust in God, who loves you and will never leave nor forsake you. Amen.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

My Best Friend Became a Nun! Inspirational Story

Some inspiration for you all - a story of two girls who went on the Crusade for Life 13 years ago, and now one is a nun and the other married. Please see the link below. God bless! :)
https://aleteia.org/2017/08/06/my-best-friend-became-a-nun/

Monday, 20 March 2017

Reflection: Root all in reality, not fantasy ideals...

I recall a conversation with one of my previous spiritual directors as a teen. He told me a story of how a young woman had once told him insistently that she wanted to give her life to God as a Religious. So, allowing her to test her desire, he sent her to the sisters for a week. He told me that she came back saying that the life is really not for her and that she could never be a Religious. 

What did that teach me? It taught me a few things:

1. All of our desires must be tested. Until we are tested and our desires grow in relation to the reality of the situation and the life, we cannot make sound and clear decisions. 

2. Until you experience the reality, it is very easy to fall into the fantasy, with certain ideals that have been shaped by our background, but that do not correspond to reality. 

3. It all takes time, prayer and reflection. Sometimes we think we want something, but then, in time, we lose the desire and realise that perhaps it was just initial excitement. The surest way is to see if the desire is sustained over a longer period of time, and whether, on subsequent visits etc, you still have the desire to live that particular way of life. 

4. You need to consider all aspects of the life - the ups and the downs, the trials that will come, "would you risk the hostile stare, should your life attract or scare?" (The Summons - John Bell). 

5. Objectivity is important. Sometimes our desires are actually shaped, or even come from, someone else. For example, if you have a friend in that congregation, then you may feel tempted to follow them to join their congregation when in fact, you would be better suited to another congregation or way of life. 

So, in conclusion, let go and let God. Let Him lead you and guide you, and remain open to all He has to show you. Discern, with the guidance of a trained and experienced spiritual director, and pray about all decisions. Experience the life before jumping to conclusions, and know the reality in its fullest form possible, then, and only then, will you be able to make an informed decision. 

God bless, and know you have my prayers,
Kim-Thérèse

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Blog Updates: Kim's Story

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am updating my story so far, so I have taken it down temporarily. Please bear with me as I try to condense the story to a shorter, more readable form. Thanks.

God bless you.

Kim-Thérèse

Update: Contact Details

Hello,

We have now updated our contact details.

Please email Kim Lee using this email address: vocationoperation@gmail.com

Thanks.  God bless.