Swiss Fransciscan Order Looking For Few Good Men (Monks).


Roman Catholic monks in Switzerland have placed a job advert in a newspaper as part of a recruitment drive.

The Capuchin order says it is looking for professional single men like bankers or lawyers aged 22 to 35 to join their dwindling ranks.

The order, which has 200 members with an average age of 70, hopes the ad will help recruit 10 to 20 men.

Adverts for craftsmen, technicians and men in social professions are to follow, a spokesman for the order said.

The Capuchin order – one of the Franciscan orders – is calling for young Catholic “bankers, journalists, teachers, theologians, tradesmen, lawyers, communication specialists” to consider joining the order.

Applicants should be independent yet capable of communal living, curious and show initiative, the ad says.

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Extensive Information about Catholic Religious Orders and Communities


St. Dominic receiving the Rosary
from the Blessed Virgin Mary

In response to a recent inquiry, I decided to post this link to a site dedicated to providing information about the many (and there ARE many) Catholic Religious Orders and Communities.

Don’t miss the related section on vocational books and publications, many of which are available for free.

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Writer’s theory on alleged Mejugorje apparitions results in threats on his life


The possibility that the seers were seeing a spiritual entity which was not the Blessed Mother was mentioned explicitly the day before our trip to Surmanci by a priest who has been associated with the apparitions for over ten years and during that period has gone from an being avid believer and promoter to a confirmed skeptic.

After years of hearing confessions and assembling a library of new age material from penitents, it became clear to him that Medjugorje was a major stop on the New Age circuit.

Before long, the Blessed Virgin even started talking like a new age guru. The first message to issue from the lips of “Our Lady of Medjugorje” after the bishops’ condemnation was that her devotees should turn “negatives into positives,” a turn of phrase which struck this priest at the time as totally unbiblical, a feeling which received dramatic confirmation when he found exactly the same phrase coming from the lips of New Age guru, Sanaya Roman, “Channel for Orin.”

“Or,” the priest remembered, was the Hebrew word for light. The Latin word is Lux, whose genitive is lucis, which is the root of the name light-bearer, or Lucifer. The passage about changing negatives into positives, which Marija Pavlovic cited verbatim as the first message from the Gospa after the bishops’ declaration of April 1991, is the title of Chapter Five of Sanaya Roman’s book, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation (Tiburon, CA: H. J. Kramer, 1986).

Somewhere between the hypothesis that Medjugorje was a joke that got out of hand and the theory that the kids are talking to demons, I begin to descry a third possibility, based on its geographical and historical context and their relationship to the massacres at Surmanci just on the other side of apparition hill.

The “seers” saw a ghost.

Ghosts, to begin with, are psychological, whereas demons are ontological. Demons are actual beings; they are pure spirits, or angels who have chosen to rebel against God and live in a state of eternal separation from Him. Their only consolation comes from making other rational creatures, who were created to share happiness with God, share their misery instead.

Ghosts, on the other hand, are a function of the mind which beholds them. They are traditionally seen as the souls of men who have not gone to hell but rather to purgatory, from whence they escape periodically to admonish the living about some still unfinished business.

Like the monster in horror fiction, ghosts represent the return of the repressed. Both Banquo’s ghost and Hamlet’s father represent an unrighted wrong. They are an indication that an event in the past has failed to achieve closure. As a result of repression, usually caused by guilt, the ghost frequently re-presents itself at moments usually associated in some way with an anniversary of the event that needs to be repressed.

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The Official Church Position, from the local Bishop

A baptized Catholic Native American orchestrated what became known as Thanksgiving

Squanto, the beloved hero of Thanksgiving, was the Native American man who mediated between the Puritan Pilgrims and the Native Americans.

Squanto had been enslaved by the English but he was freed by Spanish Franciscans. Squanto thus received baptism and became a Catholic.

So it was a baptized Catholic Native American who orchestrated what became known as Thanksgiving.

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