Just curious, why do you confess your sins to a priest instead of Jesus? :)
Geez, sorry about the delay. I have had a lot to think about after visiting a bunch of communities right around the same time.
Anyway, I confess sins to a priest first and foremost because that is how Jesus taught his Apostles: “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” It is a very precious Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ himself.
Outside of that though, it is so relieving to receive a proper absolution and penance for your sins. Some priests give you brief advice as well, and give very thought-provoking and meaningful penances. Some people dislike Confession but I love it (though it depends on the priest of course). Examining my conscience helps be strive to be a better person as well. :)
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Sometimes I think that Catholics (in general) have become too obsessed with externals.
They like the nuns with the most traditional habits, the longest veils, the wedding rings.
They like priests in cassocks and their monsiegnors/bishops with socks that match their station.
They like the…
This is true, not really exclusive to Catholics. And its fine to be impressed by beauty, I love beautiful art and beautiful habits as much as anyone, but when you start casting judgements on others and totally neglecting the insides that I feel it becomes a problem. Even the most boxy-looking built-in-the-70s church still has the Eucharist! And the most dedicated, warm, and helpful sister I have ever met, who literally worked well into her 90s serving God as well as everyone around her, did not wear a habit.
Even now I want an order with a charism and community which fits me first and foremost, no matter what they look like. A beautiful habit (and never needing to go clothes again =P) is nice, but a beautiful charism and mission is nicer.
I am going to go on a retreat this weekend with some sisters…I am so excited. Even when visiting orders where I know I would not be a good fit, I feel so moved by their spirituality, commitment, love for others and devotion to God.
Sometimes I feel like I cannot possibly join them soon enough. But I try to stay patient. Every experience I have from now until I take vows of my own, can only make me into a better person.
Sancta María, Ora pro nobis.
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And to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of all Christians.
“How is it that we do not die of love in seeing that God Himself could do no more than shed His divine blood for us drop by drop? When as man He was preparing for death, He made Himself our food in order to give us life. God becomes food, bread for his creatures. Is this not enough to make us die of love?”
-St. Teresa de los Andes, one of my most favorite Carmelite Saints (so hard to choose…..)
I really love Hufflepuff (loyalty, justice, etc) but I always get Slytherin.
I joined Pottermore almost only to get sorted but the potion minigame is sort of fun. Charms is dumb though because you can really only cast 1 spell if you hope to win.
Oh yeah and you can’t message people! Geez.
I had a priest do this to me!
I did this while at a come-and-see. Thankfully the other discerning young women did it with me its less awkward that way haha.