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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Looking for the Happiness

Every human being wants to find her/his own happiness. However this good could be given only by God. A blog reader was overwhelmed by sadness, until she found the joy of life thanks to Jesus Eucharist.

Dear Cordialiter,
                            How are you? I have just come back from a wonderful experience. I had volunteered in a camp for kids organized by a parrish which was in great need of help. I must say that I really needed it. It was the greatest gift of the Lord. When I first arrived, I was sad and listless. I came back happy and willing to shout loud the love of our Lord with everybody. Many things happened. The Lord spoke to me in every possible way through the questions to the kids, through the various activities and games, through the people I met, through the Eucharistic adoration. I would have stayed for hours by contemplating my Beloved. The Lord made me meet a group of nuns who were always very welcoming and nice to me. They asked me if I never thought to dedicate my life to the Lord. A seminarian, who is just one year older than me, made me feel every day the embrace of our Father.

It was a wonderful experience. It was a camp of ongoing sharing among the other educators and it was the camp where my Beloved was with me every day and let me touch Him by hand. I still have a lot of fear to dedicate myself to Him, but I am happy now and I want to understand more in depth if I will become engaged to Him in order to become His bride. [...]

A hug, let's keep united to Christ and Mary,

(signed letter)

Dear sister in Christ,
                                  I am so happy you found the serenity of the Christian life. It is encouraging to know that the nuns noticed your potentiality for a religious life. I have understood from what you wrote that you feel very unconfortable in the secular world. I can't wait to know that you have abandoned this treacherous world to join an ardent and devout religious order, where you could live with the good Jesus for the rest of your life.

In Corde Matris,

Cordialiter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I think that I will not marry


A girl wrote me a letter...

Dear brother in Christ,
I am writing to you to share with you my story, a story of God's infinite Mercy and Love full of delicacy... You can publish it if you want, changing my name... but I have to sing the Mercies of the Lord, because He has liberated me from great evil. I have been in convent, not very observant in fact, even if sisters had good heart. Somehow suddenly I got very sick and demanded them expressely to go home. Than my spiritual suffering started. I was close to suicide, so strong was this interior suffering and noone could help me, neither priests nor doctors. I could not pray and finally, exhausted, I abandonned the prayer. But deep in my heart I loved God. I do not know how... Than I also abandonned good moral, unfortunately, falling in love in man who did not observe commandements. It was strange because deep in my heart I had this feeling that even than Jesus was the Spouse of my soul and therefore I should return to Him... many struggles came between this time and now... when some feeling told me to go to south of Poland, change environment, start over, return to God... I did so... and suddenly Jesus made that the boy who I was in love in felt in love with someone else... I felt so free when I told him that I will certainly pray for him and wish him luck, but also wish him God's love... since a little while we were not a couple any more and more and more I was telling him about God... he told me that he became a better person because of me and that there is something extraordinary in me... actually Jesus put a border between me and men so I cannot cross it any more... He saw my weekness and provided me help... and I actually think that I will not marry, Cordialiter. I think to remain single because I feel Jesus' call... I felt in love again with Him. I always think about HIs Heart, and want to dwell in it, and to console Him, and to be close to Him... I found inner peace while renouncing to idea of marriage... Everything became light again... I know that I am a sinner and feel unworthy to become a nun, even if strict closter attracts me so much, but I want to offer my penance and life to Jesus for souls who are maybe the most lost... Because I know that His Hand took me from the middle of sin. Actually my state became better when I have tried to pray again... and I feel so happy, and can't understand how is it possible to be loved so much by God... I would like to love Him now and during eternity... He really became my best friend, my Spouse, my Father, my everything...

I would like to tell everyone - it is never to late to come back to Him. And actually we only have to have this will - He will do the rest.

Because He is Love... Without limits, pure and holy...

May He bless you, dear Cordialiter...

(signed letter)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Communion in the hand

"Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand".

(Mother Teresa at St. Agnes Church, New York in 1989)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Of Spiritual Recollection


It is in this article, my dear Philothea, that I wish you with special affection to follow my counsel, for in it lies one of the most assured means of your spiritual advancement. As often as you can in the course of the day recall your spirit into the presence of God [...]

Remember then, Philothea, to make occasional retreats into the solitude of your heart, whilst outwardly engaged in business or conversation. This mental solitude cannot be prevented by the multitude of those who are about you, for they are not about your heart but about your body : so your heart may remain alone, in the presence of God alone. [...] When the father and mother of St. Catherine of Sienna had deprived her of every opportunity of place and leisure to pray and meditate, our Lord inspired her to make a little interior oratory within her soul, into which, retiring mentally, she might amidst her exterior affairs, have leisure in this holy solitude of the heart ; and when ever the world afterwards assaulted her, she received no inconvenience from it, because, as she said, she shut herself up in her interior closet, where she comforted herself with her heavenly spouse. And so she afterwards counselled her spiritual children to make a chamber in their heart, and to dwell there. 

Withdraw, then, your spirit from time to time into your heart, where, separated from all men, you may familiarly treat on the business of your soul with God.

[Text from "Introduction to the devout life", written by St. Francis de Sales]

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Happiness of the Religious at Death

(By St. Alphonsus de Ligouri)


“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” (Apocalypse 14:13). And who are thoseblessed dead who die in the Lord, but the religious, who at the end of their lives are foundalready dead to the world, having already detached themselves by their holy vows from theworld and all its goods?Consider, my brother, how content you will feel if, following your vocation, it will beyour good fortune to die in the house of God. The devil will certainly represent to you that if youretire into the house of God you may perhaps afterwards repent of having left your own houseand your own country, and deprived your parents of the help that they might have expected fromyou. But say to yourself: Shall I at the point of death repent of having put my resolution intoexecution, or shall I be content? I beseech you therefore to imagine yourself now already at thepoint of death, about to appear before the tribunal of Jesus Christ. Reflect what then, reduced tothat state, you would wish to have done. Perhaps to have contented your parents, to have workedfor your own family and your country, and then to die surrounded by brothers and nephews andrelatives, after having lived in your own house, with the title of a pastor, of a canon, of a bishop,of a member of the cabinet, and after having done your own will? Or rather, to die in the houseof God, assisted by your good brethren in religion, who encourage you on the great passage toeternity, after having lived many years in religion, humbled, mortified, poor, far from parents,deprived of your own will, and under obedience, and detached from everything of the world, allthese things render death sweet and agreeable? “He who has been accustomed to deprive himself of the delights of the world will not regret doing so when he has to leave it,” says St. Bernard.Pope Honorius II, when dying, wished that he had remained in his monastery, occupied inwashing the plates, and had not been Pope. Philip II wished at his death that he had been a laybrother in some religious Order, intent on serving God, and had he not been a king. Philip III,also king of Spain, said when he was dying: “Oh, that I had been in a desert, there to serve God,and that I had never been a monarch, for had such been the case, I should now appear with moreconfidence before the tribunal of Jesus Christ.” 

When, then, hell tempts you about your vocation, think of the hour of death, and setbefore your eyes that all important moment “upon which eternity depends.” Thus you willovercome all temptations, you will be faithful to God, and certainly you will not repent of it atthe point of death, but will give thanks to the Lord, and die contented. Gerard, brother of St.Bernard, died singing, at the very thought of dying in the house of God.Father Suarez, of the Society of Jesus, felt at his death so great consolation and sweetnessat dying in religion, that he said: “I never thought it was so sweet to die.” Another goodreligious, of the same Society, when at the point of death, laughed; and being asked why helaughed, answered: “And why should I not laugh? Has not Jesus Christ himself promisedparadise to him who leaves everything for His sake? Was it not He who said: “Every one thathath left house, or brethren, or father, etc. shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess lifeeverlasting”? (Matthew 19:29) I have left all for God; God is faithful; He cannot fail to fulfill Hispromises; and so he said: Why should I not rejoice and laugh, seeing myself assured of paradise?”A certain lay brother who died some years ago was asked at his death in which house hewould rather be. He answered: “I desire nothing but to die and to be united with God.”Father Januarius Sarnelli, a short time before his death, when conversing with God,uttered the following words: “O Lord, Thou knowest that all I have done, all I have thought, hasbeen for Thy glory; now I wish to go to see Thee face to face, if it please Thee so;” then he said:“Come, I will begin a sweet agony,” and began to converse affectionately with God; and shortlyafter placidly expired, preserving the smile on his lips, and the body began to give forth a sweetodor, which, as they attested, was perceived for several days in the room in which he had died.St. Bernard, speaking of the happy state of religious, had then good reason to exclaim: “Osecure life, in which death is expected without fear, aye, sweetly desired and devoutly accepted!”

Prayer

O my Lord Jesus Christ, who, in order to obtain a happy death for me, hast chosen sobitter a death for Thyself; since Thou hast loved me to such an extent as to have chosen me tofollow more closely Thy holy life, to have me thus more intimately united with Thy loving heart,bind me, I beseech Thee, wholly to Thee with the sweet cords of Thy love, that I may no moreseparate myself from Thee. O my beloved Redeemer, I wish to be grateful to Thee, and tocorrespond with Thy grace, but I fear my weakness may render me unfaithful; O my Jesus, donot permit this. Let me die rather than abandon Thee, or forget the peculiar affection that Thouhast shown me. I love Thee, O my dear Saviour Thou art and shalt always be the only Lord of my heart and of my soul. I leave all and choose Thee alone for my treasure, O most pure Lambof God! O my most ardent lover. “My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands”(Canticles 5:10). Begone, ye creatures! My only good is my God: He is my love, my all. I loveThee, O my Jesus, and in loving Thee I will spend the remainder of my life, be it short or be itlong. I embrace Thee, I press Thee to my heart, and I wish to die united with Thee. I wishnothing else. Make me to live always burning with Thy love, and when I shall have arrived at theend of my life, make me to expire in an ardent act of love towards Thee. Immaculate VirginMary, obtain thou this grace for me; I hope it from thee.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Interview


I publish an interview with a woman interested in religious life.


- When did you start to feel attracted to religious life?

- I've always loved the atmosphere of a church since I was born. I remember feeling God's call to religious life when I was 10 years old and in elementary school in fifth grade.

- Why do you want to become a nun?

- I have always intensely hated the bad behaviour of most people who do not live as God wants them to. Egocentric, lying, greedy, backbiting, sloppy, immature, irresponsible behaviour belongs in the garbage can not in the daily lives of people.

- Do I feel more attracted to the apostolic life or a life of contemplation?

- I feel more attracted to being a contemplative nun. I have lived a very noisy, stressful life. I was the fourth child of three teenage siblings who were very loud with their continual stream of rock music on their record players, their friends and themselves going in and out of the house at all hours of the day and night all the while slamming doors loudly. They also spoke loudly with our parents and with each other. They often used bad language and continually blamed our parents for everything they were not allowed to do. Just like 3 spoiled brats. I was always being blamed for everything bad that happened in the family because I was the youngest child. As a child, teen and adult I sought the quiet refuge of contemplative life and places by visiting the monks and nuns, going to church sanctuaries, listening to Gregorian Music, attending weekday masses a lot and praying for needy people.

- Have you made the vocational experience in the monastery?

- Yes. As a resident volunteer for the last 2 weeks in July 2007. A very happy experience.

- Why do you love the Tridentine Mass?

- I love the beauty of the Mass with the processional rites and the clerical robes and costumes. I love hearing the prayers and readings in that beautiful Latin language. I love the quiet, intricate way that the Mass is spoken. It passes by like a captivating, interesting book. I also love the way that the priest recites the Mass with his back turned towards the people. It reminds me that the priest is a special man and that He and God are always with us on a continual base of time. I also love the masculinity and brotherhood in the Tridentine Tradition because the Church Fathers in this tradition always includes a Third Prayer at the beginning of The Mass which clearly demonstrates a deep respect and reverence for all different types of women including prayerful women, administrative women, healing women and political mediator women.

- In your home, can you practice the devout life?

- Yes. Most definitely. I would not have it any other way.
  
- What advice would I offer to people who want to pursue a religious vocation after reading a religious blog?
       
- Let the blog's words and your first instincts inspire you. Your first guess about whether to be a priest, monk, nun or church worker is your best. Keep it. Read books. Take religious courses. Talk with pastors and clergy about your future goals in pursuing religious vocations. Learn to own your own feelings, thoughts and behaviours through the Contrition Prayer and Confession. Simplify your life by eliminating all unnecessary material items and busy work activities from your home. Keep an open heart and ear towards where God is calling you to be. Avoid discussing your religious desires with any atheists or significant others that hate anything or anyone who is a thinker or talks about anything else besides looks, hairstyles, fashion, celebrities, weight, parties, music, television, travel trips, malls and gossip about other people. Please be reminded that 12 years old is considered an adult who is capable of making his own decisions and living with the consequences. Your body and your soul belongs only to you. Do not let this kind of decision be made by anyone else but you and you alone. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Consecrated Life

The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. By the profession of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly "visible" in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven.

In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an "undivided" heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34). Like the Apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society.

[Text from "Vita Consecrata, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation", John Paul II, LEV]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará

One of today's new religious order that is fast increasing is the "Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará" (also called " Servidoras"). In just a few years this community counts more than 1,000 members and the demand to enter this order continues to grow in girls that feel attracted to the consecrated life. One must look at the fact that they have over ninety novices and postulants without counting the numerous requests that pour in from those who aspire to join. This expotential growth is truly extraordinary. Only God could be behind this triumph of love!

The majority of the Servidoras work in the active life, however they also have the cloister for those girls attracted by the contemplative life. Those who work in the active life fight daily the good battle of faith in many fronts: working in apostolates amongst the youth and the elderly, charity towards the poor, apostolates of culture in teaching in foreign missions and local parishes. They work in pre-school nursery, in schools and in publications, they offer spiritual retreats, assist in vocations, summer camps, they assist the sick and disabled and provide material sustenance to the hungry poor and destitute. In other words anywhere there is a need for evangelizing the Servidoras are present with their joyous fervent zeal with their apostolate.

Their founder Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela is also the founder of the priests of the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate ( the Servidoras is the female branch). He imparted to these nuns his catching"'apostolic" and "missionary" spirit and by which one can be easily moved. In the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará one can see the same "thirst" to save souls like in St. Ignatius of Loyola and St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Most religious orders will not accept girls that are over 35 years old, the Servidoras accept candidates of all ages but they must have clear signs of a vocation. Girls that have been unable to find a good spiritual director will be equally able to test their vocation in the convent where they will be assisted through a healthy discernment process. It is also possible to find a good spiritual director amongst the many priests that belong to their male branch  the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate. These priests receive a good spiritual and doctrinal preparation. Those who have a desire to embrace the consecrated life in this order must take the vows of poverty,chastity and obedience and also take a fourth one, that of "slaves of Mary" after the teachings of St. Louis Mary Grignion de Monfort. This vow consists in a loving slavery to which one offers herself totally to Jesus through Mary.

The apostolic zeal of this young religious order is hartening. I hope that the Lord will continue to flood it with numerous vocations. There is a great need of souls dedicated to the apostolic work not only in  mission lands but also in the United States of America and Europe where there is an advanced secularizzation and materialistic neo-paganism. Those who would like to experience their vocation with the Servidoras or simply request more information on the consecrated life they can contact these nuns directly at: ssvmvocations@servidoras.org



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Becoming a priest

One of the blog's main purposes is to give the broadest possible publicity to the best religious orders. Among the male orders, I personally deem particularly well the Institute of the Incarnate Word, which was set up in 1984 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela.

I do appreciate very much the devotion whom the affiliates celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with. I do also highly esteem their faith to the Pontifical Ministry, their adherence to St.Thomas of Aquinas' doctrine, and the frequent use of cassock. I also like very much their missionary spirit, as they have sent missionaries in very difficult scenarios, i.e. Irak, Palestine, Egypt, Kazakstan, Albania and other countries where the priests' life is in constant danger. The Fathers of the Institute of the Incarnate Word are mainly employed in the apostolate of the parish activities.

Their apostolic zeal attracts many young men. The Institute gathers many new vocations and it is nowadays one of the few expanding religious institutes. I hope that the vocations will keep increasing, because the Catholic Church needs new priests and consacrated father endowed with a good ascetic and doctrinal preparation, with fraternal charity, and strenous dedication to the salvation of the redeemed by the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

Young men and boys interested in the Institute may contact the American community for a vocational experience. Their e-mail address is prov.immaculate.conception@ive.org

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Testimony of a vocation

Some time ago I received a letter from a tearful girl wishing to launch a heartfelt appeal…

Dear brother in Christ,
                                     I am writing to offer my experience which I hope can be of help to all those girls who feel the calling to a religious life. I am a 20 years old girl who, despite such a young age, has lived intensely and enjoyed every minute, with no regrets.

When I was only 12, I started almost by chance to attend a strict order which led me to love Christ and his Church immensely. Since I was a little girl, I have always thought that one day I would give myself to Christ […] and live in what I called my true home: a convent of my order. My parents never gave me permission to enter a convent and so I waited in trepidation to reach the age of 18. Then, while everybody was busy organising a party for my special birthday, I started in great secret to prepare my soul to donate myself to my beloved. A few months after my eighteenth birthday, I left home telling my parents that I was going on a retreat like no other, and that I would be back in a month or two. And so I started my journey under the guidance of holy sisters: loyal to the order and observant people who would donate their own lives to remain faithful to their creed. I felt such a joy inside that I thought nobody would ever be able to take it away from me. I was aware that I would meet some difficulties on the way but also aware that this equally happens to two people who are in love. Soon my parents realised that mine would have been a journey with no return and so, heartbroken, they came to see me and with tears in their eyes begged me to come home […] I went home but with the hope that I would be leaving again soon. And indeed, only after a few weeks, I left home again to get back to the same order but, this time, to its enclosed section. And I am talking about a strict and truly enclosed order: the nuns of the Poor Clares of the Immaculate Conception, whom you also mentioned in your blog. I have never felt such an immense joy in my whole life and I am sure I will never experience it ever again. Despite being behind the grille, I felt free, which may be difficult to believe, but that was the way I felt and for me it was the antechamber of Heaven. And even today, I would give anything to be able to go back there. I am writing with tears in my eyes and heartbroken to beg you not to spur anyone to abandon their path of consacration to Christ because by doing so, believe me, one dies for real. Currently I am engaged and live in a wealthy family. I am studying and I have everything one could wish for… yet, I am missing everything and I would give my own life to turn back time by a few years. But unfortunately this is not possible. I carry on living in the hope of being able to experience once again at least a little happiness. I beg you in the name of Christ and of the Virgin Mary to do anything to encourage and help those who are tempted to give up and leave. Please tell them that happiness lies only in the path which Christ has chosen for us.

Thank you for your blog.


Dearest sister in Christ,
                                      Thank you for your testimony which I believe will be helpful to all those people who are unsure about which way of life to choose.

But in your letter, I noticed some discouragement. Dearest, every Christian must have hope in God and so one will not be afraid of anything, and spiritual happiness must always harbour in one’s soul. So, cheer up! Even though your situation may appear jeopardised to you, you must hope against hope. Are you sure you are not able to embrace a religious life with the Poor Clares of the Immaculate Conception or in another religious order? And what if perhaps God wants you to be the new Zélie Guérin (mother of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux)? But anyway, you can not live the rest of your life in regret, entrust yourself to Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, and you will be able to see that there is a solution.

Should you wish to write to me again, I hope with all my heart to hear you in a cheerful mood and full of spiritual joy. I care very much for the eternal salvation of your soul, because Christ paid on the Cross a dear price for you. Be always confident in Jesus and in the Virgin Mary!

I encourage you to embrace God’s will and I greet you fraternally in Cordibus Jesu et Mariae,

Cordialiter

Monday, February 4, 2013

To sanctify my life to God

A young Italian woman wrote me a wonderful letter. She titled it: “To sanctify my life to God” and I would like you to read it in order to edify your spiritual life. Here is the translation:

Dear Brother,
                       this week I had wonderful news! In spiritual direction, my director has joyfully welcomed my insistence in wanting to consecrate my life to God. He had recommended me some “time for a proper discernment”. In these three months I have not missed a day of going to Mass and to pray fervently to understand what the Lord wants from me, so I could accomplish His will in the best way. It is now clear to me the awareness of having to be all His.

Jesus seduced me with his extraordinary beauty, and with the words that He gives me every day through Holy Mass, He has conquered in Communion, took possession of my heart and my soul. Day after day he is courting me in a thousand ways. Sometimes takes over my human frailty and my boundless misery. He tests my loyalty, but Satan tries in every way to sow doubt in me. It happens especially during the Eucharistic adoration, the moment you look forward, as a fiancée who wants to run and keep from falling in love with him. He tries to destroy me with the suspicion that they are my wishes, that I'm too stupid and weak to join and consecrate my life to Jesus. But the good Lord knows our hearts and our fragility and He doesn’t make us do more than we are capable of.

With His grace, I'll get, stronger than before and even more convinced. So I understand that the test is a great grace that God gives us, because, clenching his hand and through His strength, we come out stronger than before. I fall in love with Him every day. In the morning I feel as close as only a lover can be. He fills me with attention during the day. His tenderness comes over me whenever I think of him and say his sweet name. So, you might be wondering what this “good news” is. I told the spiritual director that I cannot stay long in the world, so called for the establishment of the new congregation, we were talking about. And he said that before the summer they will start to build the church in the center of [...] and the monastery will be built close by there. The Heavenly Mother will let him know how this congregation will be. I'm so happy not to stay longer in my skin; literally, at times my soul seems to soar toward the heavenly homeland. At the moment no one knows my vocation, but the director and the friend I was telling you about, she has also received the call to consecrated life.

My mother is going to suspect something, but I have not said a single word on the subject. A few mornings ago, she wondered what these "secrets" were that I have with Father A., given that for three months we talked more often. She asked me if I wanted to become a nun, and I suggested to her that she asks God. She is doing the same journey of faith I am, with the difference that she has always been close to God and thanks to her prayers, God attracted me to him. She also always wanted a son, a priest, so I expected a very different reaction. She said that I should not become a nun (when people say "become a nun or a monk," they say it contemptuously), that I must have a family, who are not apt to live “shut in” and that we can love God even in this way. I waited until she went away, to hide tears. I didn’t say a single word to her about the issue, but now I am concerned for that day when I will talk about this to my parents. My friends certainly will laugh in my face and turn their backs; my relatives won’t understand and will tease me. Perhaps Jesus wants it. I am a very sensitive person and I hate in having to feel pain at every little foolishness, but with Jesus I am ready to face all the foes. If He wants me as his spouse, no one in the world can oppose His will.
For me and this project of life, I ask you for lots of prayers. I will return it certainly.

Best wishes in Jesus and Mary
(Signed letter)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Happiest Woman in the World

We commonly think that nuns from enclosed orders have a boring and unhappy life. This is because the world has very little understanding of the spiritual forces.

A few years ago, I visited the enclosed female branch of the Servidoras. It was a moving experience to speak through the grid. Most of them were very young and their faces displayed a wide joy from inside. The time flew very fast and it was interesting to talk to them. They were very nice and kind. However, their charisma is to pray and do penance for the souls of everybody. Their apostolate is important for the Church, the mystical body of Christ. I think that even if it is difficult to understand, these nuns are the happiest Woman in the world.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ser monja

¿Cómo llegar a ser monja? Consejos de escribr a las "Servidoras del Señor y de la Virgen de Matará". Entre las congregaciones religiosas en fuerte expansión está la de las “Servidoras del Señor y de la Virgen de Matará”, rama femenina de la Familia Religiosa del Verbo Encarnado, que en pocos años ha superado las mil y continúa suscitando más interés en las religiosas atraidas por la vida consagrada, basta pensar que tienen alrededor de 100 novicias y postulantes (por año), sin contar las aspirantes. Es un crecimiento en verdad extraordinario. Solo Dios puede ser el artífice de tal triunfo del amor.


Ser monja, el nuevo blog sobre la vocacion religiosa.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vocation nun

One of today's new religious order that is fast increasing is the "Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará" (also called " Servidoras"). In just a few years this community counts more than 1,000 members and the demand to enter this order continues to grow in girls that feel attracted to the consecrated life. One must look at the fact that they have over ninety novices and postulants without counting the numerous requests that pour in from those who aspire to join. This expotential growth is truly extraordinary. Only God could be behind this triumph of love!

The majority of the Servidoras work in the active life, however they also have the cloister for those girls attracted by the contemplative life. Those who work in the active life fight daily the good battle of faith in many fronts: working in apostolates amongst the youth and the elderly, charity towards the poor, apostolates of culture in teaching in foreign missions and local parishes. They work in pre-school nursery, in schools and in publications, they offer spiritual retreats, assist in vocations, summer camps, they assist the sick and disabled and provide material sustenance to the hungry poor and destitute. In other words anywhere there is a need for evangelizing the Servidoras are present with their joyous fervent zeal with their apostolate.

Their founder Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela is also the founder of the priests of the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate ( the Servidoras is the female branch). He imparted to these nuns his catching"'apostolic" and "missionary" spirit and by which one can be easily moved. In the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará one can see the same "thirst" to save souls like in St. Ignatius of Loyola and St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Most religious orders will not accept girls that are over 35 years old, the Servidoras accept candidates of all ages but they must have clear signs of a vocation. Girls that have been unable to find a good spiritual director will be equally able to test their vocation in the convent where they will be assisted through a healthy discernment process. It is also possible to find a good spiritual director amongst the many priests that belong to their male branch  the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate. These priests receive a good spiritual and doctrinal preparation. Those who have a desire to embrace the consecrated life in this order must take the vows of poverty,chastity and obedience and also take a fourth one, that of "slaves of Mary" after the teachings of St. Louis Mary Grignion de Monfort. This vow consists in a loving slavery to which one offers herself totally to Jesus through Mary.

The apostolic zeal of this young religious order is hartening. I hope that the Lord will continue to flood it with numerous vocations. There is a great need of souls dedicated to the apostolic work not only in  mission lands but also in the United States of America and Europe where there is an advanced secularizzation and materialistic neo-paganism. Those who would like to experience their vocation with the Servidoras or simply request more information on the consecrated life they can contact these nuns directly at: ssvmvocations@servidoras.org





Saturday, September 22, 2012

Can you help me?

You know French or Spanish or Italian? Do you want to help me to translate into English some posts on the religious vocation?

Write me at: cordialiter@gmail.com

Saturday, August 11, 2012

New religious community of Benedictine nuns in Quebec

A very small group of ladies attached to the Tridentine Latin Mass would like to found a new religious community of Benedictine nuns in Quebec, with the help of God, and their Bishop's support.

It's too soon at the moment to tell more about it, but it would be Benedictine nuns with a TLM, a bit like the Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles (USA), or the Benedictines of Le Barroux (France). There isn't any other religious community with a regular TLM in Canada. All ladies who are interested have to travel to the US. and ask for a Visa or other things. It makes it complicated. A lot of vocations get lost due to that, as most communities refuse the TLM. Solid and steadfast vocations end up with giving up. These young ladies are willing to help those vocations, God willing, and to live their Benedictine ideal that has always been the best for them, though they never found what they were looking for in Quebec.

If you were ever interested in this project, to help, to support them, to take part it it, contact Cordialiter (cordialiter@gmail.com) and he shall put you in touch with them. They need prayers.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dolores Hart, from movie star to spouse of Jesus christ


All stories about vocation are beautiful because they all are love storie. Some of them, though, provoke astonishment as they involve characters “beyond suspicion”.

Dolores Hart was a young Hollywood star, whose beauty pulled huge crowds to cinemas, and directors were willing to pay anything to have her starring in their films. Success, jewellery, pleasure, fun, amusement., she basically had all that anybody could wish for on this earth. Vanitas vanhtatum, vanity of vanities, all is vanity except to love God and serve Him alone. Earthly goods cannot satisfy the human heart, which has been created only to love God and becomes restless when not resting on Him.

Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, was watching over Dolores whom the Lord wanted as his chaste spouse. The young, blonde actress played Saint Clare in a film about Saint Francis ofAssisi (the two photos on this post are from the film), and had the opportunity to meet his Holiness the Pope. With time she realized that Jesus was calling her to the cloister life of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut, USA. Between the general astonishment and outcry from the media and the international public, she left everything behind and decided to wear the Benedictine habit. In the silence and concentration offered by the cloister life, she finally found herself truly happy.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Help vocations

A Polish girl wants to help me...

Dear Brother in Jesus,
                                      Thank You for writing to me. It is my dream to return to the convent but unfortunately it is not possible... but instead, I pray for holy vocations, for the souls who would console Jesus and His sweet Heart with their love. He has come to put the fire of love on earth, and what is His desire, if not that this fire burns? My Mother is 76 now and I have to take care of her, I'm her only daughter. It is sweet to love Jesus together - we join our prayers often. And the charity between us is growing. It is my big consolation, that, in the middle of the world, we are living a little bit like sisters. Besides, I'm seriuosly sick right now. I will have to be on medications until the end of my life. But how good is to offer everything... to leave my will and let the Will of God become reality in my life!

I would like to help You with the translations in Polish. This would be a honor for me to help You... and You are so right - it is no use to enter the falling convent... and to help a vocation, what a joy! It is like the mission of saint John the Baptist, to prepare the road for God... and then, when He arrives, we shall become little, and He should grow...

God had certainly inspired You to promote religious life... You are in my prayers... friends of the Lord are mine :)

Me too, I'm 32... and so many things I have to learn... for exemple, how to love Jesus... I do not know why I am opening my heart to You, somehow I feel You would understand... if I take Your time, please forgive me...

I love gregorian... it is so peacefull and full of deep respect towards God.

May the Lord bless You,

Kind regards,

(signed letter)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Catholic websites

The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. By the profession of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly "visible" in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven.

In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an "undivided" heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34). Like the Apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society.

[Text from "Vita Consecrata, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation", John Paul II, LEV]


Spanish's blog on the religious life: Monjas de clausura.

Italian's website: Diventare prete.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Becoming a nun

Becoming a nun? One of today's new religious order that is fast increasing is the "Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará" (also called " Servidoras"). In just a few years this community counts more than 1,000 members and the demand to enter this order continues to grow in girls that feel attracted to the consecrated life. One must look at the fact that they have over ninety novices and postulants without counting the numerous requests that pour in from those who aspire to join. This expotential growth is truly extraordinary. Only God could be behind this triumph of love!

The majority of the Servidoras work in the active life, however they also have the cloister for those girls attracted by the contemplative life. Those who work in the active life fight daily the good battle of faith in many fronts: working in apostolates amongst the youth and the elderly, charity towards the poor, apostolates of culture in teaching in foreign missions and local parishes. They work in pre-school nursery, in schools and in publications, they offer spiritual retreats, assist in vocations, summer camps, they assist the sick and disabled and provide material sustenance to the hungry poor and destitute. In other words anywhere there is a need for evangelizing the Servidoras are present with their joyous fervent zeal with their apostolate.

Their founder Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela is also the founder of the priests of the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate ( the Servidoras is the female branch). He imparted to these nuns his catching"'apostolic" and "missionary" spirit and by which one can be easily moved. In the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará one can see the same "thirst" to save souls like in St. Ignatius of Loyola and St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Most religious orders will not accept girls that are over 35 years old, the Servidoras accept candidates of all ages but they must have clear signs of a vocation. Girls that have been unable to find a good spiritual director will be equally able to test their vocation in the convent where they will be assisted through a healthy discernment process. It is also possible to find a good spiritual director amongst the many priests that belong to their male branch  the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate. These priests receive a good spiritual and doctrinal preparation. Those who have a desire to embrace the consecrated life in this order must take the vows of poverty,chastity and obedience and also take a fourth one, that of "slaves of Mary" after the teachings of St. Louis Mary Grignion de Monfort. This vow consists in a loving slavery to which one offers herself totally to Jesus through Mary.

The apostolic zeal of this young religious order is hartening. I hope that the Lord will continue to flood it with numerous vocations. There is a great need of souls dedicated to the apostolic work not only in  mission lands but also in the United States of America and Europe where there is an advanced secularizzation and materialistic neo-paganism. Those who would like to experience their vocation with the Servidoras or simply request more information on the consecrated life they can contact these nuns directly at: ssvmvocations@servidoras.org



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Letter of encouragement

A Polish girl wrote me a letter of encouragement ...

Dear Friend!

I have read your blog with joy - it is a great and beautiful work to encourage to follow Jesus. I have spent some time in different congregations and still have a beautifull memory of them. Unfortunately, my health does not permit me to be a sister. Every time I was in convent I was sick, and sickness was dissapearing when I came home. It was a difficult experience... my greatest dream was to become a cloistered dominican, but I am not worthy of this vocation... still, I look Jesus into His Heart and know He loves me... and I desire to answer that Love... With time, I have learned to accept my humble vocation in the world... but still I have contact with dominicans, they are a sign for me, a sign of brightness in the middle of incredulity so much present today... and I pray for holy vocations, hoping that in Heaven we will all meet in the Love of God, sisters and me... and the souls.

I wish I could return to the convent!

Your friend in Jesus,
(signed letter)


Dear sister in Christ,
                                  I'm glad you like the blog on the religious vocations. I'm italian, do you speak my language?

I really hope you can return to live in a convent, if this is the will of God.

Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,

Cordialiter

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Confession

The enemy of human kind tries to keep souls away from Jesus Christ by instilling absurd fears in us such as an exaggerated worry of not being able to confess properly. Here is a passage from a letter I received from a girl:

One of my main problems is that I am not sure whether I do things in the right way: whether I confess correctly or whether I receive Communion the way I should or whether I pray well and so on… and this uncertainty makes me avoid taking Communion, praying and so forth. If I only knew that the Lord would be happy with my confession, even before starting, I would run and do it. Unfortunately, I halt in front of a God of Love, who is perhaps calling me to dedicate myself to Him but I am afraid of approaching Him. Pray for me, that the Lord will give me the courage to do what He is expecting of me!

Dear sister in Christ,
                                   We have been in touch by email for the past few months and I am glad that during this time you have kept following the path of spirituality and of vocational discernment. You must never give up and always progress on the path of Christian perfection. Do not worry excessively about the sins you have committed because the Lord is kind and willingly forgives us when we confess with sincere contrition. Nobody is worthy to become Jesus’s bride, because He is God and we are Eve’s children and therefore sinners. When the Lord grants the gift of vocation to someone, He doesn’t choose according to that person’s merits, it is just a gift of pure love. If you are to become a sister (and I do hope you do), it won’t be because of your merits, but only because this is what Jesus wants, because He is Good.

The devil does not want you to live according to Christianity and so he tries to keep you away from Jesus by making you sad and discouraged. When people are discouraged and demoralised, the devil finds it easy to keep them away from praying and from Communion. You must not fall into this trap!

You cannot live without Jesus anymore because, if your love for him is cold, you will experience much suffering in your heart. You must love Jesus even if the world is full of distractions and temptations; this is why I hope you will enter a monastery. There, it will be easy for you to live in Christian fervour and concentrate on loving Jesus with all your heart, without being distracted by the pointless earthly things.

You must try to live Christianity with joy and stay away from unnecessary fears. You must pray every day without being afraid of “praying wrongly”, the only important thing is not to let your mind wander during prayer. It would also be good if you start a dialogue with Jesus and Mary. Yes, you can talk to them frankly, telling them your problems, your sorrows and your wishes but, most of all, telling them that you love them and that you will love them for the rest of eternity. Saint Alphonsus wrote a very nice booklet explaining how to have a dialogue with God.

Do not be afraid of Confession; the important thing is to be truly sorry for the sins one has committed, and whilst it is sufficient to confess only the mortal sins, one can also mention the venial ones. To commit a mortal sin one must have followed this path: “this thing that I am going to do is a serious sin which will certainly offend God and I am fully aware of it and I accept that I am totally responsible for it”. If you are not aware of the seriousness of the sin or you are not fully aware of your actions or if it is something which happens against your will, then you can be certain that you haven’t committed a mortal sin.

If you are not absolutely sure that one of your actions is a mortal sin, you do not need to confess it. Absolution has the power to forgive all sins, even the ones you haven’t confessed because you were sure they weren’t mortal. Anyway, if your confessor is a good clergyman, you can talk to him and tell him your doubts and what is on your conscience and he will help you to understand whether what you have done has to be considered a mortal sin, a venial one or even simply a minor worry.

The devil does not want you to take Communion, because this is the way you become one with Christ: He becomes yours and you become His. When Jesus is inside you, you must talk of love to Him, tell Him that you love Him and that you will love Him more and more because He deserves so. You must tell Him that you are prepared to offer your life to Him, that you love only Him and that you wish that everyone would love Him and that He could reign in everybody’s heart. Tell Him that you wish for all souls to be saved and that they join Him in the sky, loving Him to eternity and tell Him that you would prefer to die than commit even one single conscious sin.

Your conscience is very delicate and so, if you are not sure whether you committed a mortal sin, you should assume that you have not. People with a delicate conscience like you, do indeed know when they commit a mortal sin, they are absolutely certain about it, with no doubts whatsoever.

After you have confessed your sins, you can keep receiving Communion until you are sure you haven’t committed any mortal sin. Theologians teach us that if you are in doubt whether you committed a mortal sin or not, you can still take Communion but you should recite beforehand an act of contrition. This is a prayer with which you ask God forgiveness for all your sins, not because you would deserve a punishment, but because you have offended Him who is infinitely good and worthy of our love beyond anything else. Taking Communion will keep away all your doubts and worries but, most importantly, will keep away the temptations of the devil who wants to prevent you from taking Communion and therefore keeping you away from Jesus Christ. Taking Communion will give you strength to resist temptations, will give you more fervour in praying and will make you more charitable towards God and your fellow man.

I hope I have been of some help to you but I am always available for any further clarification.

In Jesus and Mary,

Cordialiter

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vocation priest

Dear Cordialiter,
                              [...] I often visit your interesting blog!

It does my soul good to know that there are so many witnesses of people (also young people) who do speak about spiritual things, while everything which surrounds us so superficial is. Thank you also for your answers which arrive directly to my heart.

Because your blog treats vocations and because I thing that wittiness’s of holy priests are necessary I would like to remember Father Angelo, since a year has passed from his death, happened 21st November 2010. He was always available for everybody, always ready to comfort those which were in suffering, with little words but with a huge charity. One glance, one word from him and difficulties seemed easier to overcome. Coherent in everything he taught and indicated: he was the first to practice what he said. Patience, discreetness, mildness and humility were his characteristics. He has totally lived the charisma of Don Bosco. Father Angelo has never spared himself and he knew how to involve and interest people. He was animated by a strong spirituality, by love to Our Lord Jesus, to Mary Help of Christians, to Don Bosco and to the Catholic Church.

Thank you for everything,

(signed letter)


Dear sister in Christ,
                                   I am happy to know that you continue to follow my blog. It’s a joy for me to know that there are other people who still interest themselves in spiritual arguments.

Don Bosco said that a Priest never alone goes to Paradise or hell: with him always go a lot of souls, or saved by his holy Ministry and his good example, or lost with his negligence in fulfilling his duties and with his bad example.

Therefore we have to pray the Lord that He sends us many and holy Priests who zeal for the goodness of the souls.

I greet you cordially in Corde Regis,

Cordialiter

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Soeurs de clôture

I thank Our Lord that He let me find nothing but bitterness in human affections. I should have been caught easily, and had my wings clipped...Our Lord knew that I was far too weak to face temptation; He knew that I would certainly have burnt myself in the bewildering light of earthly things, and so He did not let it shine in my eyes. Where stronger souls find joy but remain detached because they are faithful, I found only misery.

[Quoted in "The Hidden Face", Ida Gorres]

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Roeping

New Dutch blog about religious vocation: Roeping.
For contacts, write to cordialiter@gmail.com

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Numerous Vocations to the Servidoras Order in the United States

In the United States, it is surprising to see how many vocations the Servidoras Order receives as a gift of God. There are currently 5 postulants and 13 novices. This is extraordinary!

Several American religious orders have not attracted any vocation for the past 40 years. How could it be possible for the Servidoras Order to get so many vocations? First of all, this is merite and gift of God, for He calls people to the religious life. Second, I think that those graces have been generated by the contemplative branch of the Order, the enclosed nuns. Third, the vocational success also depends upon the life style conducted by the active branch of the Order. A life style which is fervent, joyful, and apostolic. The nuns' good example is a powerful magnet drawing young girls in vocational discernment.

I hope that the "Servants of God and of the Virgin of Matara'" will continue to grow and to spread widely. The world is in great need of apostolic nuns working ardently to safe the souls for the greater glory of God.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Institute of the Incarnate Word

One of the blog's main purposes is to give the broadest possible publicity to the best religious orders. Among the male orders, I personally deem particularly well the Institute of the Incarnate Word, which was set up in 1984 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela.

I do appreciate very much the devotion whom the affiliates celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with. I do also highly esteem their faith to the Pontifical Ministry, their adherence to St.Thomas of Aquinas' doctrine, and the frequent use of cassock. I also like very much their missionary spirit, as they have sent missionaries in very difficult scenarios, i.e. Irak, Palestine, Egypt, Kazakstan, Albania and other countries where the priests' life is in constant danger. The Fathers of the Institute of the Incarnate Word are mainly employed in the apostolate of the parish activities.

Their apostolic zeal attracts many young men. The Institute gathers many new vocations and it is nowadays one of the few expanding religious institutes. I hope that the vocations will keep increasing, because the Catholic Church needs new priests and consacrated father endowed with a good ascetic and doctrinal preparation, with fraternal charity, and strenous dedication to the salvation of the redeemed by the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

Young men and boys interested in the Institute may contact the American community for a vocational experience. Their e-mail address is prov.immaculate.conception@ive.org

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Servidoras

One of today's new religious order that is fast increasing is the "Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará" (also called " Servidoras"). In just a few years this community counts more than 1,000 members and the demand to enter this order continues to grow in girls that feel attracted to the consecrated life. One must look at the fact that they have over ninety novices and postulants without counting the numerous requests that pour in from those who aspire to join. This expotential growth is truly extraordinary. Only God could be behind this triumph of love!

The majority of the Servidoras work in the active life, however they also have the cloister for those girls attracted by the contemplative life. Those who work in the active life fight daily the good battle of faith in many fronts: working in apostolates amongst the youth and the elderly, charity towards the poor, apostolates of culture in teaching in foreign missions and local parishes. They work in pre-school nursery, in schools and in publications, they offer spiritual retreats, assist in vocations, summer camps, they assist the sick and disabled and provide material sustenance to the hungry poor and destitute. In other words anywhere there is a need for evangelizing the Servidoras are present with their joyous fervent zeal with their apostolate.

Their founder Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela is also the founder of the priests of the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate ( the Servidoras is the female branch). He imparted to these nuns his catching"'apostolic" and "missionary" spirit and by which one can be easily moved. In the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará one can see the same "thirst" to save souls like in St. Ignatius of Loyola and St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Most religious orders will not accept girls that are over 35 years old, the Servidoras accept candidates of all ages but they must have clear signs of a vocation. Girls that have been unable to find a good spiritual director will be equally able to test their vocation in the convent where they will be assisted through a healthy discernment process. It is also possible to find a good spiritual director amongst the many priests that belong to their male branch  the Religious Family of the Word Incarnate. These priests receive a good spiritual and doctrinal preparation. Those who have a desire to embrace the consecrated life in this order must take the vows of poverty,chastity and obedience and also take a fourth one, that of "slaves of Mary" after the teachings of St. Louis Mary Grignion de Monfort. This vow consists in a loving slavery to which one offers herself totally to Jesus through Mary.

The apostolic zeal of this young religious order is hartening. I hope that the Lord will continue to flood it with numerous vocations. There is a great need of souls dedicated to the apostolic work not only in  mission lands but also in the United States of America and Europe where there is an advanced secularizzation and materialistic neo-paganism. Those who would like to experience their vocation with the Servidoras or simply request more information on the consecrated life they can contact these nuns directly at: ssvmvocations@servidoras.org