Welcome to Our New Website!

Hello all, It's been a pretty tough year for Leonie's Longing, all told. Every time we got a tech issue fixed after the hack last October, it would come back with seven others worse than itself - the malfunctioning email system, the broken links, the corrupted text on...

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Roses Among Thorns: A Book Review

By MJ Roses Among Thorns, Simple Advice for Renewing Your Spiritual Journey by St. Francis de Sales, published by Sophia Institute Press. St. Jane de Chantal was the foundress of the Visitation sisters (Visitandines), along with St. Francis de Sales, her spiritual...

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Leonie’s Longing: Myths, Mysteries and Misunderstandings

Our President Theresa answers questions you've asked (or wondered in your heart) about Leonie's Longing.   Does Penny write all of those blogs? She's amazing! No, she does not. Penny runs the blog and posts everything. Thus her name ends up on each post. But yes,...

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Trust in Him

By Lucia Delgado. Around this time 3 years ago, I made a decision to end discernment to religious life. It seems that I was doing the call for a priest who believed that I was called to this vocation. Deep down inside, I knew God was calling me to a different...

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Fourth Anniversary

By Spiritu Four years ago today, I laid my bags out on the front steps of the convent and waited for my father to drive in and pick me up. Most of my memories of religious life are still vivid and immediate, but that day is broken up into fragments. I remember...

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Jesus is the Way

By Erin. There are a lot of difficulties when returning from religious life back into secular life. One that I hadn’t really expected, but that has become quite a challenge, is direction. When I was in the convent I thought I had my life figured out. I thought I had...

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The Last Shall Be First (Part 1)

By LumenChristi. May/June can be hard months for those of us still discerning our place in life. Weddings, ordinations, professions of vows, and entrances into religious communities are a painful reminder that another year has come without any such milestone in sight...

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Surveying the scene: the story so far…

Back in April, we launched a survey that forms our contribution to the preparatory phase for the 2018 Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. We have been blessed to receive generous and thoughtful responses from many, many former religious, and former...

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Stay With Us, Lord

By Girasol. Stay with us, Lord, as we journey through this day, through this life. We are wayfarers. The path is unclear, the past confusing, the future uncertain. Our hearts are downcast, our spirits are sad. You begin to speak to us as we walk along. You speak words...

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