Mary Elizabeth praying prior to being accepted as a novice as Sr. Mary Brigid
The Augustinian family! Sisters of St. Rita, novices (in white), professed students, solemnly professed priests, and local priests who support St. Monica’s home. What a great and fun day!
A tremendous blessing to see Mary Elizabeth becoming Sr. Mary Brigid :) #Catholic #Augustinians #Vocation
Getting ready to celebrate a wonderful woman being accepted as a novice by the Augustinian Sisters of St. Rita.
Any Catholic women following this blog interested in healthcare/elderly care and religious life should give them a good look. They have a very nice convent and serve a retirement home catering to lower middle class residents in Racine, WI.
Pray for Sr. Mary-Elizabeth! Ad multos annos!
Oscar Romero’s writings are so powerful! It’s a shame how the left neuters him and his message.
The Christian militiamen know hundreds of Muslims are hiding here on the grounds of the Catholic church and now theyâre giving them a final ultimatum: Leave Central African Republic within a week or face death at the hands of machete-wielding youths.
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Paris
Through him, with him, in him.
Augustinian nuns in the New York Times :)
*It was my turn to give a reflection, and while much of it is novitiate/Augustinian centric, I thought the Tumblr Catholic community might enjoy it*
Here we are, the halfway point of the novitiate. It’s February, with winter showing no signs of abating. We are coming up now on three months of being in snow. The snow which sometimes dazzles and sparkles, but mostly now just elicits sighs when a new storm rolls into town bringing with it fresh powder for us to shovel. The pattern repeats itself. Snow, shovel, cold, snow. It’s beginning to be quite monotonous, and I’ve been reflecting that maybe that’s the point.
The first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (or Easter) is late this year. Lent doesn’t begin until March 5th. You could say because of that my sense of liturgical time is off. I really wish it was Lent, as in most years it already would be. Lent is an extra-ordinary season. We receive ashes on our foreheads, we take on penances, we enter into the desert. Our mission is clear: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
But this extended period of ordinary time is not so clear. The green which should be sticking out on our grounds is now covered in layers of snow. And so it seems to be with our lives here in the novitiate, once we’ve shoveled clear the driveway of our soul, life brings with it another storm of anxieties, fears, and doubts. I think that is why February is traditionally said to be the toughest month of the novitiate. The good of our lives, the green if you will, gets covered in the day to day monotony of the snows of troubles we have to encounter. This day to day monotony of a long ordinary time is in many ways more of a Lent to the soul than Lent itself. Because it is in the ordinariness of this ordinary time where the real work of life happens. In this season, there isn’t a St. John the Baptist calling us to repentance, nor the Alleluia of Easter and its’ festivity to brighten our lives.
It is in Ordinary time that we must bring both Lent and Easter together as we strive to find the balance and harmony both seasons have to offer us. I’ve found that in our Augustinian charism, moderation is always the ideal; we are men of heart at prayer and at table. And so in a certain sense you could say that ordinary time is actually Augustinian time.
Living with a sense of Augustinian time means that we find God in the seemingly small but ultimately core aspects of life: our silence before prayer here in chapel, the laughter around the dinner table, the banter that goes on while watching TV, bumping into each other in the kitchen, the conversation riding in the car to ICN, singing karaoke while doing the dishes, or for Fr. Kevin: finding the right lid to a tupperware container.
I know that I couldn’t imagine Augustinian life without those things happening in our home here at the novitiate. Those are moments that can’t truly be scheduled, and I think that is what makes them ordinary, and thus, Augustinian.
I’d like to end by proposing three questions for your personal discernment:
How will we look to find God in the seemingly ordinary moments of our day to day life in community?
Whether or not a “charism of the ordinary” is something that we as Augustians are called to live as a witness to the Church?
And lastly, how can we enter more deeply into the mystery of the ordinariness of Augustinian time?
How beautiful will be the day when all the baptized understand that their work, their job, is a priestly work;
That just as I celebrate Mass at this altar, so each carpenter celebrates Mass on his workbench, and each metal worker, each professional, each doctor with the scalpel, the market woman at her stand, is performing a priestly office!
How many cab drivers, I know, listen to this message there in their cabs; you are a priest at the wheel, my friend, if you work with honesty, consecrating that taxi of yours to God, bearing a message of peace and love to the passengers who ride in your cab."
— Archbishop Oscar Romero
— Archbishop Oscar Romero
The media creates a false narrative and does a disservice to truth when it pits “science” and “creation” at being at odds with another. There is no actual conflict between the two, the ones creating conflict are scientists who have little understanding…
If I’m disputing the false dichotomy as being a false dichotomy, it is quite a stretch to say that I am “reinforcing” the dichotomy. The popularity of the post seems to suggest that it resonated with people.
The media typically only presents the issue of teaching evolution in schools by suggesting that there are only two possible “camps” a person could belong to: the “scientist” camp that doesn’t believe in God, and the “creationist” camp that only endorses YEC or “intelligent design” (ID in this case being limited to a “God of the gaps”.)
The media is thus doing a disservice to the truth and a disservice to the public it claims to inform. Through presenting a false dichotomy it forces people to think that their belief in the sound science of evolution must lead them to deny God. This is NOT true.
And this is a real issue, I’ve dealt with this many times, of good people who believe in God and believe in science and are trying to reconcile the two because a newspaper article or the local news suggested they “can’t” be reconciled. That’s what I’m criticizing. The media would do many millions of people a great favor by saying that science belongs in science class and the concept of God in philosophy and theology classes; and that evolution has absolutely no bearing on the existence or non existence of God. They’d do an even better job it they showed people of faith who believed in evolution, like Fr. Georges Lemaitre, who proposed the Big Bang Theory, thus showing that there were more “sides” to this issue.
But the media doesn’t want to do that because the media likes to propose things in false dichotomies that keep people apart rather than bringing them together. That’s the problem. Because every time someone asks, “Do you believe in God or do you believe in evolution?” It fails to see that the right answer may just be, “both.”
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