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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Blog Update

As you have probably realised, both Emily and I have not been posting much on this blog lately. Emily is still at her live-in and I have been working in London, and still am at the moment.

From time to time, I, and Emily, when she comes back from her live-in, will be posting updates on the blog and adding more spotlights and vocation stories. I am currently in the process of putting together a number of spotlights and other features for the blog, so please bear with me. Please keep an eye on this blog from time to time to see any updates.

With all my love and prayer for you all,
Kim Lee

Vocation Story: Sr Katie Ann (Postulant)

 Source

 Davidson, NC

altMy wonderful parents Craig and Kathleen, did an excellent job raising me and my four younger siblings in the Catholic Church. I was blessed to graduate from the John Paul II School (my family’s homeschool) as well as enjoy my dance- practice through which I become an Open Champion Irish Step Dancer.
While in eighth grade, I went on a field trip with other friends to visit Dominican Sisters in Tennessee.  This opened my eyes to religious life and my heart was enkindled to  consider what God might be asking of me.  My family had been open about vocations and the fact that God has a unique plan for each of their children.  We prayed for vocations as a family and for seminarians as well.  Several parish priests who are close family friends also helped me discern God’s will.  
When God decided it was the proper time, I met Sister Joseph Andrew at Belmont Abbey College. She was leading a retreat for young women based on Blessed John Paul II’s letter On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.  It was only a one day retreat but God worked quickly!  Sister helped me put the pieces of my life and desires together. I later was to make a retreat in Ann Arbor with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and the rest is history!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Saint's Corner: Benedict of Nursia

I ask you to ask St. Benedict for his intercession for me especially on this day, as today I am in the cloister to begin my live-in. I will keep you all in my prayers while I am in the cloister, please keep me in yours. God Bless, Emily


Name: Benedict
Birth & Death: 480 - 543
Feast Day: July 11 (Latin Rite)
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Born to the Roman nobility. Twin brother of Saint Scholastica. Studied in Rome, Italy, but was dismayed by the lack of discipline and the lackadasical attitude of his fellow students. Fled to the mountains near Subiaco, living as a hermit in a cave for three years; reported to have been fed by a raven. His virtues caused an abbey to request him to lead them. Founded the monastery at Monte Cassino, where he wrote the Rule of his order. His discipline was such that an attempt was made on his life; some monks tried by poison him, but he blessed the cup and rendered it harmless. He returned to his cave, but continued to attract followers, and eventually established twelve monasteries. [Source]

Recommended:

Saint.sqpn.com
Rule of St. Benedict
Saint Benedict Medal
The Medal or Cross of Saint Benedict
Saint Benedict Novena and Prayers
St. Benedict's Prayer Book
St. Benedict Rosary

Blog Update: Emily and Kim

So you've probably noticed that Emily and I haven't been on the blog for a little while. As you know, Emily and I are discerning, and part of that includes visiting different communities and learning more about their individual charisms and spiritualities. I'm currently sitting in the Salesian Sisters' house in South London, borrowing their laptop to look for a job. I'm just waiting now to see if anyone actually replies!

Emily may have told you where she is, but just in case she hasn't, I would rather not publish her location. She is a bit tied up at the moment, so I will be answering emails etc whenever I can. I can't be on all the time as it's expensive for me to travel to the Salesian house everyday to use their internet. I will be online whenever I can be.

God Bless,
Kim Lee

Sometimes you just know...

So you know when you walk into something and it all seems great and far too good to be true, sometimes you just have this inner voice telling you that something isn't quite right here, well that's how I felt when I walked into my previous job. It was great - a challenge, working with people, learning new things etc, but something wasn't right. I just kept having this inner voice saying to me in my heart - this isn't where you're meant to be right now, this isn't where He wants you just now. I didn't think I'd last long, and well, I didn't. I'm now looking at different jobs and seeing where it takes me. I think sometimes all we need is trust - trust that what will be, will be. We need to trust that there is a plan for all of us, and that we will find out the "whys" much later, even if that means on the other side of the grave. Take everything as an experience, a learning process, a practice for what He's really got planned for you - that way, you always see everything in a positive light. Nothing is wasted. Take this thought away with you - If you learn to love, then you will love to learn - no matter what you are doing, in this life, we will never know everything, so just learn, learn all you can, where you can, and when you can, and you will be like a tree of knowledge and wisdom. Jimi Hendrix said, "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens" - in order that we must ask first for wisdom, and with that listening, will come knowledge. As they always tell you - "you were given two ears and one mouth" - use them in that proportion! Unfortunately, for some of us, we have difficulties that we must face - I guess we all have our cross to bear. It just so happens for me that I have a hearing problem and need to have my ears checked every so often to monitor it - it's not so bad I have to wear hearing aids, but it does mean I have amplifiers in my phones! Anyway, rest assured that doesn't stop me keeping you all in my prayer.
God Bless and Peace in Christ,
Kim Lee

Friday, 6 July 2012

Blog Update

We haven't been updating the blog as much as usual lately. Kim and I are both very busy at the moment and so haven't had as much time to dedicate to this blog as we would like to. We're working on some new stuff at the moment, especially since I will be on my live-in soon and so unable to post. Please be patient with us and we'll be back to updating regularly soon!

God Bless
Emily

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Vocation Story: Sr Elizabeth (Postulant)

Sr. Elizabeth
Source
New Ulm, MN

“Always be prepared to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” – 1 Peter 3:15

The seed of my vocation was planted when I was in 8th grade, after my mom’s uncle passed away. In order to assist him on his way to Heaven, mom would go to Daily Mass with this intention. As a young teenager, the fact that it is possible to pray at Mass and be happy doing so made a deep impression on me. I saw such joy in my mom and I wanted the same. The following year found me looking for opportunities to grow in this newly-found faith in Christ.

During 10th grade, God opened my heart to Religious Life. I wanted His will and the more I considered giving my life to Christ, the more I realized a desire for His love! Christ’s love is so amazing! God directed me to the Dominican Sisters of Mary and all I can do is praise and thank Him! How grateful I also am for Fr. Mark Steffl’s spiritual guidance. And beyond his help, I wish to thank Msgr. Grams and Msgr. Richter for forming my Catholic Faith as well as Fr. Craig Timmerman and Margaret McHugh for their generous vocational direction.

Blog Update

Hi everyone,

You've probably noticed that Emily and I are not posting anything at the moment. We are really sorry that we haven't had the chance to for a while. I'm currently working in London and can be contacted by email should you wish to share anything or request any information, but for now, please just check back on the blog once in a while for updates.

Assuring you of my prayers, and asking you for yours,

Kim Lee
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