Lives of Holiness After Vocational Disappointment

By Rosie-Gertie Whether or not a person who leaves religious life discerned that on her own, it may feel like a disappointment on some level. Here you were, ready to give yourself away in the life of religious vows, and now you are no longer in the community you...

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Greener Grasses

By Sean O'Neill. So heed me now, though all my quondam whimpers rise From darknesses and little deaths You did despise, Or seemed to. Your tremendous volte-face preyed each year Upon my gullibility to bend Your ear And racked this ruined soul with frames of phantom...

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On the Threshold of Something Beautiful

By Cate (re-printed with kind permission from her blog Seeking Sunflowers) . I turned right one street before I needed to—the route that led to my old apartment. Shoot, I thought to myself. I'm already running late, and now I have to drive around the block and lose...

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Desert Poem

By Katita Luisa "Go to the desert and you'll understand”. So I went there this year. I dipped my toes in that hot sand and out of love for Him, I was soon all in with each grain rubbing against me, scratching and removing what I wanted most, purifying me and my dreams...

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I Wish I Had Loved Her More

By Girasol I was sitting at a table happily conversing with a group of girlfriends when I saw her walk in. She had made some attempt to look put-together, though her puffy eyes and downcast demeanor implied otherwise. I knew she struggled emotionally and had a lot of...

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Stained Glass

By M. Cabri Over a year and a half ago when I left a religious community, everything in my life seemed to be broken. My family seemed to have fallen apart while I was thousands of miles away, and I could not seem to maintain emotional equilibrium. I alternated between...

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Giving Thanks

by Theresa In the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving. It's a great time to stop and express gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. It's also a great chance for me to reflect on this day a few years ago. I returned to lay life not long before...

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Clay in God’s Hands

By Aimee Dominique. Journaling is a means by which I prefer to pray. I dialogue with God, ask Him questions, listen to His Word and sometimes write down what I’m grateful for at the end of the day. I like to go back and re-read my prayer journals to see how God has...

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Coming ‘Round Full Circle

by JHFamily Twenty-five years ago, I stood at the cloister door of the Poor Clares, knocked, and asked to be admitted to their community.  I was young, confident, and excited to begin my new life that I just knew was going to be permanent.  During the first weeks, I...

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