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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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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