One Year Later – Kelsey’s Reflection

canyouimagineOne Rose. One Year. One Sister.

And God willing, many roses, years, and sisters to come!

Through the intercession of Our Lady, St. Therese, and the countless prayers of all involved in the Imagine Sisters movement, God has given us the grace to carry out this mission. Our mission? To bring the beauty of consecrated Sisterhood out into the world, especially by means of social media. Why? Sisters are visible signs of God’s love in the world – the “Light of Love” – and an encounter with a faithful sister, as with an encounter of God’s love, has the power to change hearts. Through these encounters, in addition to the great amounts of prayer and service, one sister can change the world.

We also believe that the Lord is truly calling young women to the Sisterhood more and more in the 21st century. Personally, this became very clear to me about a year and a half ago. I began to feel that relentless, nagging pull to look into religious life – wondering about my present state in life, Googling vocation stories at 3AM, falling more in love with the Lord… yet it all absolutely terrified me! (I didn’t even know any sisters back then!)

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The Winners, Announced!

Here are the winners of the Guess the Orders contest! Thanks for all of the submissions, we received over 500 answers! Here are the winners, we’ve protected their emails by adding – in the addresses. We’ll send you an email in just a few days… the prize pack is a Scott Hahn book, a Lighthouse CD, and a ton of nun cards! Thanks for playing!

Day 1 – SSVM Janelle – J-N@yahoo.com
Day 2 – FMA Megan – F-E@gmail.com
Day 3 – TOR Anna – A-A@verizon.net
Day 4 – Martyrs Krystle – K-N@gmail.com
Day 5 – Carmelites Maria – R-S@woltornist.com

Congrats to the winners, and thanks for all of those who entered!

Signs of the Sacred

(Editor’s Note: Very Rev. Paul Stein is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a guest blogger for Imagine Sisters)

Having been the parochial vicar of two parishes and the pastor of a third, each with a parish school, I have been struck by the great tragedy of the general absence of religious sisters in parish life.  It is not primarily because in the past they made Catholic education affordable or because they are great teachers of the faith – both being most certainly true – but because of the importance of who they are.  While religious profession as a sister is not a sacrament as ordination to Holy Orders is, it is nonetheless a sacramental.

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Order an Imagine Sisters Shirt? Read This Now!

Happy Easter!

This is a quick message for everyone who ordered Imagine Sisters Shirts… all 210 of you! (Yes, you read that correctly!) This round of shirt orders has been the biggest yet, so I wanted to give the world a little look into how Imagine Sisters processes shirt orders and shipping. I hope this clears up any questions you may have, but if not you can always drop us a message with any additional concerns.

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Is Student Debt Between You and a Vocation?

Many of you are still discerning your vocation, but if you’re in the process of entering religious life and facing the problem of student-loan debt, we have good news for you! Our friends over at The Laboure Society let us know they still have spots available for their Aspirant program, which helps those already accepted into a community overcome their student loans. Want to know more information? You can start by reading the Mission and the History of the Society and watching this awesome video with founder Cy Laurent. Still have questions, or want to get involved? Check out the Laboure Society’s contact page and send them a message, they’re awesome!

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Be Still and Know

(Editor’s Note: This reflection from Maria Therese is an excellent thought to take into the most sacred weekend of the Catholic year, the Triduum. – GI)

Sometimes, I like to be in charge – okay, who am I kidding – I am always trying my hardest to be in charge and in control.  At first it was totally a good thing, stemming from a realization that I was lazy and needed to kick into gear and act.  But now – I have stress headaches. Stress headaches… and I take a deep breath, focus on something on my to-do list, and dive into life because I’m ten minutes late for work. And my car needs gas. And I forgot to pay that nasty electric bill. And my mom’s hurt because I haven’t called to chat in over a month.

And in peace and serenity, the Lord says: “Be still and know that I am God.”

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We’re Glad You’re Here!

Hello and welcome to the new Imagine Sisters Blog! My name’s Greg Iwinski, and I’m working as the new Editor of this part of the Imagine Sisters movement! Whether you’re a Mother Superior, a young woman discerning her vocation, a parent trying to learn more about religious life, or even someone who isn’t sure they believe in God… we’re glad you’re here! God is moving, brothers and sisters – and there is always something to talk about with our faith. So let’s talk about what this blog is:

The Imagine Sisters blog is a place you’ll want to check in on regularly – we’ve worked hard to build a team of writers from all different parts of the Church. Among our writers are, of course, sisters – along with priests, seminarians, novices, parents, and even a few young people actively discerning right now! Wherever you’re at in your faith and vocation journey, there’s someone going through the exact same thing!

Even the Pope loves our blog!

If you’re new to the Imagine Sisters Movement, make sure to check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) pages and the ‘Discover’ section, where we have a ton of great content that answers some initial questions you may have – Why do we have the religious life? What are sisters? What’s up with those awesome outfits?

If you’re already a fan of Imagine Sisters, this’ll be the place to keep coming back to for fresh content every week. Maybe we’ll be talking about a discernment novena; maybe we’ll be reflecting on how God made springtime to remind us that even in hopeless winter there is still life. (Can you tell we’re from the Midwest?) You’ll also find things like interviews and videos from the events we visit throughout the year.

So if you’re reading this… welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Look around, check out some blogs, and know that we are praying for you. More important than any blog we write or video we make is the fact that all fulfillment, all vocations, and all joy come from the heart of Christ. We are all seeking His voice, and we hope this blog helps you hear Him a little more clearly.

In Christ,

Greg Iwinski and the Imagine Sisters Blog Team

Tulsa + St. Therese Novena + Updates!

As we write this blog, we find ourselves just days away from our deadline (February 1,2013) to finish fundraising for Light of Love–our new film about the beautiful lives of sisters!  We’re also preparing for the upcoming Tulsa Mission you might have heard about on our Facebook or Tumblr. If you are hearing about this project for the first time, you definitely need to visit the film website and our social media networks to see more on what we are up to! Continue reading

What is Authentic Femininity?

“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at his moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling.” (Bl. John Paul, II, Mulieris Dignitatem)

What does it mean to live as an authentically feminine woman? There are books and articles, essays and poems, paintings and hymns that all capture the ideal of femininity.

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