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Religious Vocations

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 12:30 AM

The problem behind the decreasing number of religious vocations over here has nothing to do with celibacy. It is a problem that the Church as a whole faces: lack of faith.

Solution for Monasteries About to Be Abandoned?

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Many monasteries are being abandoned at the moment as the number of people who accept and follow a vocation to join a religious order is very much on the decline.

One solution might be that those monasteries would open their doors for likeminded Christians to move in.

That might sound weird at first or at least uncommon, but why not? Both parties might profit big time from one another. People from the outside would bring lots of fresh air and ideas into the monasteries, and the monks and friars would feed the newcomers with spiritual food.

I have heard of one monastery here in Germany where this had been tried for a while, so finally I thought I might just as well give it a try.

Some days ago, I sent emails to local monasteries, introduced myself and asked if they would be open to let me (and maybe even more with or after me) move in.

The reactions were stunning: Some did not reply at all, others pondered and discussed the thought, but finally dismissed it. Then there were those who called me up to discuss that idea with me and also one monastery that already had assigned a group to discuss that and now decided they might give it a try and invite next year some people that showed interest so we can get to know one another.

Please pray for this project – or even initiate something like that yourself.

The Church needs fresh ideas – without forgetting about what is already there.

Looking forward to the outcome f this!

Greetings from Munich, Germany,

Robert

Go Big!

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Go big! There is nothing I dislike more than passive people that are constantly whining and pitying themselves and put the blame for their miserable life on others. People that have no fire or dreams and visions inside, that wait for others to provide for them and pull them out of the mud. What a life is that. Dare to go for the alternative: Life is a daily adventure. Go big! Dream big! Your dreams and visions should never bee too low. What's the point if you have a tiny goal and reach it - as opposed to having a huge goal and reaching "only" fifty percent of it - which is still way beyond option #1. Stop pitying yourself. If you keep on blaming others for what's going wrong in your life, there will never be any change or progress. You canl only change yourself. Other people usually are beyond your reach and responsability. Have visions! See yourself standing on top with the medal around your neck! Get the feeling for it and act as if you already have it! Don't be shy asking others for help. Most of all: Go new ways. Things will never change if you always do what you've always done. Don't be a copy of somebody else as everyone around you is already taken. Find your own way and learn to think and act completely different from everybody else! God has provided each one of us with passions and talents. Go for it! What do you have to loose - as opposed to the many things you could gain! And if you stumble and fall on your butt, get up again! There is nothing wrong with falling, but a lot with staying on the floor! Get into the ring and become a fighter! God needs courageous men and women who know what they want and are willing to give it their all to get it! Go big -and go now!!

Robert