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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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, she...

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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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