Plain Without, Shining Within

By Gertrude Heartwood. In Fr. (now Bishop) Robert Barron's video series Catholicism, he points out that Our Lord Jesus did not have any religious status in his society.  He was not a member of the priestly class and was neither a scribe nor a Pharisee. He was a manual...

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Experiencing Holy Envy

By Christina M. Sorrentino, re-printed with permission from her blog https://calledtoloveosb.blogspot.com/ One of the greatest blessings of living in a monastery or convent is being able to live with the Blessed Sacrament. When young women would come on a discernment...

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Five Years of Leonie’s Longing!

Thank you to all our volunteers, supporters, and friends! We've made a video to celebrate, and hope that you enjoy sharing this milestone with us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC5ZKdJLeFI&feature=youtu.be

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Learning Curve: Discernment, the Second Time Around

By Cinnamon. Some time ago, I had a conversation with a friend who, like me, left a religious community during formation. We were light-heartedly discussing which communities we would think about entering if we tried again, and she mentioned one which is famous for...

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Discerning His Will in the Silence

By Cara Ruegg. I breathe the wind Into swollen lungs Red eyes blink And all is gone. It disappears At least for a moment Standing at the crossroads Nervous and trembling Do I even want anything? There is no silent conviction There is no conviction at all There is...

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Album Review: “Evergreen” by Audrey Assad

By Mouse. I’ve been following the work of Leonie’s Longing for a few years now, even though I’m having the opposite problem from many others who might read this: my circumstances mean that I am having a hard time *entering* a convent, rather than transitioning out of...

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The Haunting of An Awkward Question

By Amanda, re-published with permission from her blog http://www.mariasmountain.net  The conversation shouldn't have been an awkward one. That is, if I were normal, if I were like any 32 year old. But I'm not, so instead, it turned awkward and I wanted to crawl under...

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Book Review: Hurting in the Church

By Rosemary Kate. Dear Leonie’s Longing Readers, I feel like I have been keeping a secret from you, and that secret is this book.  I first heard about Hurting in the Church through a book review, and my reaction was, “I have to read this book!”  Father Thomas Berg is...

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Here I Am… Yes, Here I Am

By Girasol. Sometimes Scripture consoles us; at other times it shakes us up and pulls us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes the words on the page easily pass through our own lips as a prayer to the Most High; at other times we can barely bring ourselves to read the...

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Book Review: Abba’s Heart

By MJ Abba’s Heart, Finding Our Way Back to the Father’s Delight by Neal Lozano and Matthew Lozano. Abba’s Heart was the book that most fed my heart during a difficult time of solitude. This book unveils for the reader the person of the Father, and His love for us...

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