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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Christmas When You Just Can’t Even

By Cinnamon. It’s been years now since I left the convent: I’ve passed through all those different stages of grief (or rather, bounced back and forth between them like a ping-pong ball) and finally come to something resembling acceptance. The pain is no longer raw and...

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An Advent Reflection

By Katie. I have always seen Advent as a beautiful season of hope and joyful expectation.  I fell in love with Advent when I entered my religious community.  There’s something about the quiet waiting of our Blessed Mother that has resonated so deeply with me....

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A Letter to My Sister in Christ

Dear sister, may the love of God, the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you! I write this letter to you, my sister in Christ, who has had the courage and love to respond to a desire, an invitation, and a mystery: to belong...

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