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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Blog Update: where we are now...

Hello Everyone,

I just thought I would write a little post to let you know where Emily and I are when it comes to Vocation. In a nut shell, we both started by discerning a possible vocation to the Religious Life. We went on different routes, and our stories can be found on the blog under the pages; Kim's Story and Emily's Story. Emily has decided that after a period of careful discernment, that, at least for the time being, God is not calling her to Religious Life. I (Kim), however, am still discerning a possible vocation to Religious Life and I am deepening the discernment process with a particular community. I still feel very strongly called to the Religious Life, and so I am pursuing that for now to see where it will lead. I will let you know of updates as and when appropriate - remember Ecclesiates 3 (there is a time for everything...). So if you want to know more about Religious Life, you can ask either of us, but if you want to know more about what to do if you reach the decision that Religious Life is not for you - ask Emily. If you want to know what happens as the discernment process deepens with a single community, then feel free to ask me (Kim).
Our email is still the same:

With love and prayer,
Kim Lee xxx

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Blog Update: Advent

Just to let you know what's going on, we are currently working on a series of Advent reflections for each day of Advent and as you can imagine, that is busy work so we haven't been able to prepare much else to go on the blog just yet. But, during Advent there will be a post every single day!

So what exactly will happen during Advent? We will post here a selected Mass reading for that day and there will be a short reflection on that reading. There will also at the end be what we're calling an Advent Advantage - a little challenge from us. Don't worry, we'll do them too so they're not huge things. They are just little things to help you along your Advent journey.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Saint's Corner: Albertus Magnus

Name: Albertus Magnus (Albert the Great)
Birth & Death: ca. 1193/1206 - 15 November 1280
Feast Day: 15 November
Country of Origin: Germany
History: Dominican friar and priest. He taught theology, and St. Thomas Aquinas studied under Albertus. Doctor of the Church.


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Prayers: Chaplet of Divine Mercy

What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was received in a vision by Saint Faustina and part of the Divine Mercy devotion she was given.

How do I pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
Visit this page for an excellent guide to how to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

When do I pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
You can pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at any time, but it is especially prayed at 3PM, in recollection of the hour of Christ's death.
At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy ... In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (Diary 1320). Source: EWTN

Where can I get a Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
You can use your normal rosary for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. If you wish to buy a specific rosary for this devotion, here are some options:
Cenacle Catholic Books and Gifts
Marians of the Immaculate Conception

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy online
The Divine Mercy Message
The Divine Mercy Devotion
The Divine Mercy Chaplet for Kids

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Saints Corner: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Name: Frances Xavier Cabrini
Birth & Death: 15 July 1850 - 22 December 1917
Feast Day: 13 November
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Born to a wealthy family, she was in frail health for most of her life. As soon as she was old enough she attempted to join religious life but her health caused her to be rejected. She became a teacher until she was asked to take over an orphanage. Several women who taught there also desired the religious life and became the first novices of her new community. In 1877 they made their vows and Mother Cabrini was named superior. On the advice of the Holy Father, she spread her congregation to the US.

Recommended: Mother Cabrini's Life Story

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Saints Corner: St Josaphat Kuntsevych

Name: Josaphat Kuntsevych
Birth & Death: 1580/1584 - Nov 12 1623
Feast Day: 12 November
Country of Origin: Ukraine
History: Monk and priest of the Order of Saint Basil the Great. As a bishop, he faced difficulty in getting the populace to accept union with Rome but with dedication succeeded in winning over many people. His efforts, however, were not welcomed by the Orthodox community. St. Josaphat was attacked by a mob and martyred.


Friday, 8 November 2013

Blog Update: Tumblr

I've recently created a tumblr page for The Vocation Operation, which you can find at

It's just another way of sharing our work and connecting with people. It will be linked to this blog (once I figure out how) but also share posts from others about the religious life. So if you are on tumblr, give us a follow! We'll open an ask box for anyone with questions, and don't forget #vocationoperation

God Bless!

Saints Corner: Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Name: Elizabeth of the Trinity
Birth & Death: 18 July 1880 - 9 November 1906
Feast Day: 9 November
Country of Origin: France
History: As a child she was stubborn and prone to fits of temper, but also deeply sought Christ. She was a talented musician, and taught catechism to children. Although men had asked to marry her, she desired to enter the Carmelite monastery near her home. She had periods of spiritual darkness, but made her final vows in 1903. She died just three years later.