Tag: Vocation

{F56} City of Saints

Posted December 18, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 16 Comments

City of Saints

I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time. When I saw that it was available for request on Blogging for Books, I jumped at it. As you may have recalled me mentioning, I will be going to Poland in July for World Youth Day 2016 Kraków so this book is perfect timing. Through the book, I am learning the history of Poland and Kraków through the biography of Pope Saint John Paul II.

From City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków by George Weigel:

Discerning a vocation is a matter of learning the truth about oneself, accepting that truth, and living that truth. That takes courage – and courage was another of the cardinal virtues that Karol Wojtyła began to display in his Dębniki years.

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{Review} And You Are Christ’s – The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life

Posted September 2, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 2 Comments

{Review} And You Are Christ’s – The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate LifeAnd You Are Christ's by Thomas Dubay
Publisher: Ignatius Press (1987)
Paperback (148 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


Father Thomas Dubay, one of the foremost authorities on the religious life, discusses one of the most important but not fully appreciated or understood charisms of the consecrated life, the charism of virginity. Although the idea of virginity is unpopular and even despised in modern society, Dubay emphasizes that the importance of evangelical virginity is rooted in its Biblical foundation, both in the Old and New Testaments.
Examining in detail what the call to virginity is and how it is integrated into the whole of consecrated life, Dubay presents his study in such a way as to be of importance to men as well. Noting that a woman, because of her feminine nature and traits, can image and live the Church’s wedded relationship to Christ more realistically, Dubay points out that men with the celibate charism are also members of the virgin Church that is wedded to Christ, just as in the Old Testament the People of God was a virgin bride wedded to Yahweh. The common and distinct elements of male and female consecrated love are fully captured in these pages.

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Review: An Introduction to the Vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the World

Posted August 27, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 3 Comments

Review: An Introduction to the Vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the WorldAn Introduction to the Vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the World by United States Association of Consecrated VIrgins
Publisher: USACV (2012)
Paperback (145 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


An Ancient Rite Restored, for women living in the world.
Those who choose chastity have looked upon the face of Christ, its origin and inspiration.
They give themselves wholly to Christ, the Son of the ever-virgin Mary, and the heavenly Bridegroom of those who in his honor dedicate themselves to lasting virginity.

-Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity (24)
Consecrated by the diocesan Bishop, these women acquire a particular link with the Church, which they are committed to serve while remaining the world. Either alone or in association with others, they constitute a special eschatological image of the Heavenly Bride and of the life to come, when the Church will at last fully live her love for Christ the Bridegroom.
-Pope Saint John Paul II in Vita Consecrata
The Order of Virgins is a special expression of consecrated life that blossomed anew in the Church after the Second Vatican Council. Its roots, however, are ancient; they date back to the dawn of the apostolic times. With unheard of daring, certain women began to open their hearts to the desire of consecrated virginity … the desire to give the whole of their being to God. (This desire) had its first extraordinary fulfillment in the Virgin of Nazareth and her “yes.”
-Pope Benedict XVI to the 2008 Rome International Congress/Pilgrimage of Consecrated Virgins

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{TTT} Auto-Buy Authors

Posted August 18, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s list is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors. I don’t really have very many auto-buy authors. I tend to read the back cover so I at least have an idea of what I’m buying. I don’t always like everything an author writes. However, these are some exceptions to that rule. 🙂

Green RiderAlanna the First AdventureCinder
Walking with JesusAnd You Are Christ's

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{SQT} I’m Back from Camp!

Posted August 14, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 0 Comments

Seven Quick Takes

Seven Quick Takes is a weekly link-up hosted by This Ain’t The Lyceum.


I have returned from summer camp. I was there for just over six weeks as a counselor. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun, most of the time. I have a lot of pictures that I would love to share with all of you but I haven’t had a chance to get the editing done yet. That is one of my goals for the coming week.


The camp that I was working at was a Catholic summer camp for my diocese. We started each week of campers out with Mass on Sunday, had Eucharistic Adoration and Mass on Wednesday as well as the opportunity for Reconciliation/Confession, and had a short prayer service before sending them home on Friday.


My favorite weeks of camp were the girl weeks. We had two of them. One with 7th-8th grade girls and one with 5th-6th grade girls. Those were the weeks that I had the most fun and felt like I was impacting the lives of the girls in my small group.

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