Tu sei Chiara! (No, you are Clare!)

motherdolorasShe’s the one who gave Elvis Presley his first screen kiss. She was born into film industry, where she had lots of opportunities to start her celebrity career, and she did. She became a celebrity actress. She was the most envied teenager in Hollywood. She made 10 highly successful films in five years, playing with most famous Hollywood actors.

However, she got a call. A call which changed her life for ever. She abandoned a successful acting career. She break up from her engagement and renounced the possible marriage. She give up worldly acclaim and wealth. The 24-year-old actress became a Roman Catholic nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, a contemplative monastery.

She told Pope John XXIII: “I am Dolores Hart, the actress playing Clare.” Pope John XXIII said : “Tu sei Chiara!” (No, you are Clare!)

Rev. Mother Dolores Hart, your life is so inspiring to me. Hats off to you!
Vocational calling is a miraculous calling. As Papa Francisco said the grace of God can touch you. Anywhere… Anytime. Open the ear of the heart for Jesus Christ!

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“To enter the contemplative life truly, you have to go through a narrow, lonely place in your being, where you face all your fears and selfish patterns, even when you don’t know what these are.” – Mother Dolores Hart

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Hurray! Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium

The Joy of GospelI was waiting so long for this. Over Joyed. Reading it!

“In strikingly direct and personal language, the Pope appeals to all Christians to bring about a “revolution of tenderness” by opening their hearts each day to God’s unfailing love and forgiveness. The great danger in today’s consumer society, he says, is “the desolation and anguish” that comes from a “covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.” Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests , he warns, “there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.”As we open our hearts, the Pope goes on, so the doors of our churches must always be open and the sacraments available to all. The Eucharist, he says pointedly, “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” And he repeats his ideal of a Church that is “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets” rather than a Church that is caught up in a slavish preoccupation with liturgy and doctrine, procedure and prestige. “God save us,” he exclaims, “from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!” Urging a greater role for the laity, the Pope warns of “excessive clericalism” and calls for “a more incisive female presence in the Church”, especially “where important decisions are made.” …

Awesome!

The Bishop of Rome will not rest…

papaFrancis“The Bishop of Rome will not rest, so long as there are men and women, of any religion, affected in their dignity, deprived of life’s basic necessities, robbed of a future, forced to the status of refugees and displaced persons. Today, along with the pastors of the Churches of the East, we make an appeal: that the right of all people to a decent life and to freely profess their faith be respected.” – Papa Francisco

After The Rain

aftertherainAfter the rain,
Buildings are like,
Boxes settled in sands,
Clean and neat.
Roads in front,
Shiny black velvet,
Banded with ivory.

Everything looks new,
The city is clean.
The city is fresh.
Sacrament of Penance
Is like this rain.
It cleanse my soul,
To make it fresh.
Pour this rain,
More and more
To make my soul,
Shining Pearl.

7 Quick Takes for this Gray and Occasionally Sunny November Day

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Today I am linked up over at Jennifer Fulwiler’s Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes. Join us with your quick takes for the week here:

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1.  My husband and I bought our first home together in May of this year.  We actually ended up in the town where our parish is located (long story as to why we drove 30 minutes to Mass…let’s just say “spirit of Vatican II” and leave it at that).  My husband now commutes every day, but we think that it is worth it.  We have been blessed with even more friendships through our church and have been able to get more involved.  We have become good friends with a family with four girls.  I teach junior high religious ed with the dad/husband.  They are our board game friends.  We have almost made Sunday dinner and games a ritual.  We chat after Mass and then end…

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