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Anima Christi

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About Anima Christi

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    Hello! There is not much to say about me. I am a college student who is currently discerning a vocation to the priesthood as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. I enjoy martial arts, fly fishing, playing lacrosse and photography.

    St. Francis of Assisi, our father in faith, pray for us.
    St. Pio of Pietralcina, pray for us.
    Sts. Augustine, Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
    St. Jude, pray for us.
    Our Lady, Queen of the Friars Minor, pray for us.
    Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
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    Theology
    Sacred Music
    Fly fishing
    Martial Arts
    Playing Warmachine
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    College Student
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    Catholic (Roman Rite)

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  1. Yeah...sorry about that. Guess I got carried away. I'll be praying for you.
  2. It takes time to build a habit, as you know. I'd say try to pick a time that works for you, and stick with it. But most importantly, don't give up. If you forget, you can't beat yourself up over it. If you skip, go to Confession, know that God forgives you and will always love you and try again next week. Ask God for His help, and He will give it to you. Ask Mary for her intercession, too. To give you some motivation to go, I'd highly recommend a book by Dr. Scott Hahn called "The Lamb's Supper." Its all about the Book of Revelation and the Mass. It really opened my eyes to what is happening during Mass and made me really appreciate the Eucharist. He doesn't use a lot of dense, theological language so it's a nice, easy read. As far as daily prayer goes, start with what you can do. If it's an Our Father before bed, go do that. Work your way up from there. There are other prayers known as "ejaculatory prayers", which are just very short little phrases like "Lord have mercy," or "My God and my All." You can say these any time the urge to pray hits you. You can also pray after Mass if you'd like and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament. Sorry to ramble, but I love it when someone says they want to pray more often. Don't give up! I'll be praying for you.
  3. Hi, Hannah. Welcome. There are some of us still here.
  4. Welcome to both of you. Happy to have you here.
  5. I believe the term is "invincible ignorance", but I could be wrong on that. It's difficult to really give an answer because there simply isn't one. Theologians such as Thomas Aquinas hold the view of there being no salvation outside the Church. "Exra ecclesiam nulla salus", if you read his original documents. Since Vatican II, this has changed with ecumenism. If someone is ignorant of the Truth, then they can't be held to it. Plain and simple. God is merciful. He probes the mind and knows the heart. He knows what is truly in someone's heart. I simply don't know. I actually don't really have a view on this as I have not yet began to study theology which is when we'll really look into this. Who is saved is always tricky to answer because we simply don't know. We know that there are Catholics in Heaven because of the Saints. We know that people can end up in Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. But we do not know who is where. Hell could be empty for all we know because God's greatest mystery is His mercy. I try not to worry too much about who is where. I jus want to do everything I can to plant the seed of the Gospel in someone's heart and let God do the rest. All I can do is try to provide an example for others, but I often fall short as we all do. My goal is to plant the seed of the Gospel in someone's heart. I can't make them do anything beyond that. Once that's done, it's all up to God and to them. In short, I don't know what to think. Only God knows. Sorry for rambling. I could go on for a while about this.
  6. Thanks for the response, Zabby. The Eucharist, as you can tell is very important to me as someone discerning the priesthood. If you want to know more about Jesus saying "I thirst", read what Mother Theresa wrote about it. When she founded the Missionaries of Charity, she based their entire spirituality on that one phrase. It's some amazing stuff. As far as the Latin translations go, that wasn't really aimed at anyone in particular. I'm just intrigued by the word choice in the Latin and Greek translations of Scripture and the connotation that the words have, so it's just something that I put in there out of personal interest. But I'll take what you said into consideration for next time
  7. As much as I love snow, I've had enough. It's March now. Please let spring come soon! 

    1. Boogles

      Boogles

      It's like 8 degrees here so I totally feel ya.

    2. Bladesinger
  8. I need some advice on how to deal with a friend of mine. He's a good, God fearing man who loves God and His Church with all his being. I love this man like I would my own brother. But thing is he won't stop texting me. It's incredibly annoying and it drives me insane! It's not like it's important life or death stuff either. Nine times out of ten it's just to say hi. I could set my watch by this guy's messages because it's every morning at 10AM sharp when we're on breaks. I know when my phone vibrates, it's probably him. He's a good friend, but he's so needy sometimes. I feel like I'm taking care of him when he's five years older than myself. I absolutely hate texting. It feels so impersonal and I think it's impossible to grow closer through texting. If I want to talk to someone, I call them or better yet, just walk to their dorm and speak to them in person. If I answer this guy's text, I'll be stuck in a conversation where if I don't respond, he'll send me another message every couple minutes until I answer. If I have errands to run or work that needs to be done then I will not answer. I've stopped responding because I just simply don't have the time to talk to anyone when I'm at school. I tried talking to him about this, but he went right back to his old habits. I feel suffocated. It's like I can't get away. I was on retreat one day and he texted me asking how my retreat was going. Even when I tried to dedicate an entire day of my summer break to silence and contemplation, there was no escape. Part of me can't wait until I officially enter the order after college and get rid of my phone. He texts me every single day, multiple times a day. Once in the morning, afternoon and night. I can't keep doing this. I love this guy like a brother. But it seems like he always wants to talk. We're both in school, and our dorms are 5 minutes away from each other. How he has all this time to text me is beyond me. I'm really lost here, guys. I have no clue what to do here. Sorry to rant and vent, but I really have no idea what to do. I've talked to him but it didn't seem to help. Thanks!
  9. As far as sensitivity goes, talk to your dentist next time you go. I brush every day, and floss. I also suggest using mouthwash. It burns a bit in the beginning from the alchohol but just swish it around for 30 seconds then spit it out. Also, the mouthwash might leave your mouth feeling kind of dry. Just rinse with water and you're good to go. Watch what you eat, too. If your enamel is worn down, stay away from soda until you get that sorted out. As good as the stuff tastes, it wrecks havoc on your teeth. Just my 2¢.
  10. The baptism of infants and children is scriptural, as we see in Acts where Paul baptizes entire households. Infants are born into the state of original sin (CCC 1250), and thus need to receive the sanctifying grace given to them at baptism. It is through the Sacrament of baptism that all people, even infants and children, are ransomed from slavery to sin and death and are brought into the freedom of being children of God (CCC 1250). Even though children cannot commit sin before reaching the age of reason (at roughly around 7 or 8 years of age), as their consciences are not yet at the point of being able to fully distinguish between good and evil, baptism is the way by which we are "incorporated into the Church and made sharers in Her mission." (CCC 1213) Thus, baptism is necessary for all individuals, even infants as we are all called to share in Christ's great commission to "Go forth and make disciples of all nations". One does not have to be over the age of reason to bring another to Christ for through Him all things are possible. I agree with this being a random mishmash of Bible quotes. Frankly, I had a lot of trouble understanding the OP. NB: "CCC" means "Catechism of the Catholic Church". This is the document that states and explains all of the teachings of the Church. I know not everyone is Catholic, but the CCC explains things very well and is very easy to understand.
  11. I used to play video games much more while I was in high school. I just don't have the time now in college, except when I go home for break. 1. Xbox 360 and XBone. My laptop on rare occasion while I'm at school. 2. Gamestop 3. RPG, Strategy. 4. Fallout is by far my favorite. But Assassin's Creed was pretty good before they started releasing them as often as they did. Now they're just repetitive. 5. I don't even know what's coming out. 6. Rarely. When I'm home for a long period of time like Christmas or summer, or even spring break I'll play for a little bit.
  12. "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas Kempis "Francis of Assisi" and for my personal reading, the Divine Comedy.
  13. "We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all Your churches throughout the world and we bless You. For because by your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world." -Prayer of the Testament from the "Testament" by St. Francis of Assisi

    1. Selah

      Selah

      He's my patron saint ^-^

    2. Anima Christi

      Anima Christi

      Francis is amazing, isn't he? Whats your favorite story from his life? Mine has to be when he got the stigmata, or when he received the Rule for the Order by opening the Gospels. 

  14. "He has given us Bread from Heaven, containing all sweetness within It." -Traditional Catholic response prayer. I don't know how many Catholic or Orthodox Christians there are on here, but I'm sure that there's at least one out there. As many of you know, Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Sould and Divinity of Jesus Christ. He is really, truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. He is Emmanuel, "God with us." He is the Passover Lamb, the pure and spotless victim. He is the Eternal High Priest who offered the perfect sacrifice that transcends all the ages. He is the same Jesus who walked the Earth and is enthroned now in Heaven at the Father's right hand. He dwells among us in the Eucharist, present day and night. He never leaves, and is present in every Catholic parish. My devotion to the Eucharist has grown immensely over the past couple months. It came to me during prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament one evening that Jesus is talking about us and to us when He said "I thirst." From the Cross. Christ does not just love us. He thirsts for us. He thirsts for souls to be brought to Him. And even this does not adequately describe His love. Jesus, who dwells in all the tabernacles of the Catholic parishes is, in this vulnerable state, "least honored and most abandoned." Yet He waits for anyone who wishes to enter His dwelling to be with Him for even a couple minutes to shower them with graces and blessings for the Eucharist is a fountain of love and mercy. There are times in my prayer when I can almost hear Jesus saying "I thirst." But what can I do? I'm just one man. And a very sinful man, at that. But it is this time in front of the Eucharist, kneeling in adoration, that fuels me. The Gospel of John says, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son..." Of course, we all know this verse very well. But now, take John 6:50, the Bread of Life discourse, into consideration. "Hic est panis de cælo descendens: ut si quis ex ipso manducaverit, non moriatur." Focus on "manducaverit". This is the Latin word for "to eat", "to chew". If you look at the Greek New Testament, they use the word that means "to gnaw on". The Eucharist is the bread of eternal life. It is the Bread of Angels, and the Saving Victim. This is the Wedding Feast of the Lamb spoken of in the Book of Revelation. This Feast contains all sweetness within It. The Church teaches that the Eucharist is the "source and summit of Christian life." Truly, Christ says to us that if we do not eat this Bread and drink this cup, we shall not have life within us. Mass is celebrated every day in any Catholic parish that can do so if they have enough priests. I try to go every day if possible. I cannot imagine beginning the day without being present at this holy banquet. May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored and loved in all the tabernacles throughout the world, until the end of time.
  15. Welcome back!