I am the Door

By Emma. “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 have...

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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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I am the Good Shepherd

By Emma. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. Those are difficult words to pray when life has taken on the characteristics of a desert. There are still moments when I...

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I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

By Emma. I AM THE WAY After leaving I wanted to know where to go, what to pursue… And instead of answers there was stillness - an odd stillness that I didn’t quite know what to do with. Inside I sort of felt a “where to next?” that was only met with silence. It felt...

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Medical Records and Other Exciting Subjects

By Belva Mulvahil Hello Everyone, This is a public service announcement about medical records. This is especially for anyone entering the convent or returning to lay life but it’s just darn helpful in general. GET YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS KEEP YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS Why do...

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