|My great grandparents with their two daughters, |
Srs. Maria and Clara.
My French Canadian great grandparents had fifteen children:
|My great grandparents with 14 of their 15 children.|
Despite the fact that my adult grandparents (step grandfather) could not receive Communion because my grandmother was previously married but never sought out a Decree of Nullity, they went to church every Saturday to the 4pm Mass. They sat in one of the back pews each time. They also prayed the Rosary. I don't condone their living in sin, but I do admire their continuing to live out their Catholic lives to the extent they were allowed to. In our generation, people simply leave the Church altogether in these circumstances.
My mother and father's generation was where the practicing of the Catholic faith broke down even further in our French Canadian lineage. Along with alcoholism and contraception, my parents' marriage fell apart. My mother insisted that we go to Mass every Sunday, but she never came with us. And of course, like so many other families, once we were confirmed, we stopped Mass altogether.
With my conversion back to the Faith, I wondered what my vocation was and is. I was divorced, annulled, with two older children. There are convents that take people like me, but I never felt the inclination to pursue it seriously.
Instead, I live the life vicariously through other nuns and sisters like these folks:
|A small group of Catholic women |
working toward launching a new
community of women religious.
Five young women aspire to be nuns and begin new community in Buffalo (click on this link)
Eager to begin new community in Buffalo
Please read about them, about their devotion and their courage. We need more men and women like them. God Bless. +
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