Autobiography of an Athlete

by Emma    "Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it."(1 Corinthians 9:24) Reading these words made me wonder, what does it take to win a race? What does it take to not only cross...

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Monastery in My Heart – A Poem

By Mary Rose Kreger, republished from her shared blog Monastery in My Heart. Eight years ago, I was a young novice, Sr. Mary Inez. I spent 19 months in the convent before realizing I was called to a married vocation. Today I am a happy wife and mom, but re-entering...

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Shedding the Habit

By Jamie, reposted from her blog Bloom Where You're Planted. I sat in my first job interview after leaving the convent. I remember clearly being asked, “What’s your five year plan?” by the financial lead of the organization. I mean this was a typical job interview...

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Failure and a Life Well-Lived

By Theodosia Burress Prior to religious life, I didn’t have much interest in fantasy books besides The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since returning to lay life, (as a result of recommendations), I’ve read many books in this genre....

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“So, Why’d You Leave?”

By Jamie, re-published from her blog Bloom Where You're Planted. It's now been about two and a half years since I left my monastery. Yes, it's still my monastery and my sisters, but now is the time to share the rest of the story. I had been in the cloister for one...

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Leonie’s Longing Intern: Meet Abbie Anne!

Hi everyone!  My name is Abbie Anne Truesdell and I am the new summer intern at Leonie’s Longing. I am currently a student (senior) at Clemson University in South Carolina. My major is in Psychology, while my minor is in Non-Profit Leadership. While I am greatly...

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Leaving, Take 2

12 lessons I learnt from my first leaving, that made my second so much easier. By Catherine. When I was twenty, I was set for life. I was a happy and confident young woman excited to begin my postulancy in an active religious order. Fast forward to twenty-one, and it...

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Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

By Christina M. Sorrentino “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart." (St. Faustina, Diary, 390) Forgiveness is a tremendous challenge when it often seems that...

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