10 Tips for Taking the Online Dating Plunge

By Cate. Do you find yourself ready to start dating and yet limited by the lack of social activities these days? (Thank you, Lord, for paradoxically opening my heart to marriage in the midst of a global pandemic!) Or maybe you’ve found the local Catholic dating scene...

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All Things News: Rediscovering the Word of God Post-Convent

By LumenChristi I was on a very difficult discernment visit with a community, when a priest in confession assigned me to pray Psalm 23 as my penance. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. . .” As a 22-year old cradle Catholic, the words were so familiar that...

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Riding into the Wind

By Windy Day. A few years ago I went for a surprising bike ride. It was a sunny and beautiful day and I set off recognizing that it was a bit breezy. My hat was slightly blowing around but I didn't think about the direction of the wind. I thought I'd go for a 20...

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I am the Door

By Michaela. “You don't need to fold it.” Mother said. “Too late.” I replied from the inside the infirmary bathroom as I fiddled with the bandana, trying to cover my shorn hair as best I could. I was glad I already folded the habit, before a sense of obedience would...

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Brokenness

By Sally Hoban. On September 3rd (2019), the canopy of one the trees in my yard snapped and crashed down in our yard; it missed the house by a few feet.  In many ways, the breaking of the top of this tree and the fact that it did not damage our house reminds me of my...

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The Forgotten Ones

By Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. When I read Simcha Fisher’s article in America Magazine When a Catholic leaves seminary or religious life, I began to weep. I cried for all the young women who had entered my community and left, their choice or the community’s, over my 53...

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Clarifications – When a Friend Leaves the Convent

By Stephanie Q. July 16th, 2016. That’s the date my friend, E, gave me for her entrance to the novitiate.  The wind let out of my sails a little. I was so excited for her discernment to continue with the sisters, but that date, well that was already my wedding day....

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Does Career Success Impede Our Holiness?

By a Leonie's Longing Contributor. Most of my life I have had a certain disdain for wealth and luxury.  I would catch myself looking down on those with big houses, nice cars and name brand clothes.  I grew up poor the majority of my childhood and I was proud of where...

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Becoming a Beguine

By Rebecca Pawloski The first time I heard the word Beguine was in undergrad theology at the Lateran University in Rome. I was assisting our venerable professor of Church history with his microphone at the break between lessons. He asked me, “Chi siete?” in Italian...

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