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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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 New: 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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