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Called to Marycrest

(This is my farewell blog post, which will also be my last one).

On September 8th, 2018, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will be entering as a Postulant with the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate in Monroe, New York. I have been seriously discerning a vocation to the religious life for the past several years, and have been officially accepted and preparing for entrance since March 2018. My discernment journey has had its ups and downs and ebbs and flows, but I feel truly blessed to soon be entering the convent, and I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life. I am overcome with joy and excitement to finally be able to serve Christ in a contemplative-missionary religious community with a charism in imitation of the Sacred Heart of the Good Shepherd through visitation to parish families and religious instruction.

You can follow the happenings of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate on their Facebook page and website.

As this is my last blog post, I will be leaving b…

100 Questions to Ask When Visiting the Convent

*This list is only a suggestion to provide a Questions Bank for women discerning religious life

1. Does your community follow ALL of the teachings of the Catholic Church?

2. What kind of classes are required for formation? College classes? Doctrine? Theology? Spirituality? Etc.

3. What kind of books are required for your formation to read?

4. What kind of magazines, newspapers, etc. does your community enjoy reading?

5. What does your community do for recreation? How often?

6. Do those in formation have recreation separate from the professed sisters?

7. Is their daily Adoration? If not, how often?

8. What are some devotions that your community members pray together? Individually?

9. How do your community members feel about the hot topics of gay marriage, abortion, climate change, immigration/migration, the death penalty, the poor/marginalized and women ordination?

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Crisis in Religious Vocations?

"Today the Lord continues to call others to follow him. We should not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our generous “yes”, nor be fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord. To listen to that voice, to discern our personal mission in the Church and the world, and at last to live it in the today that God gives us".
-Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Vocations

There has been much hype these days around the "crisis" in religious vocations. I agree that there are definitely fewer numbers of younger women entering religious communities, but can we truly say that there is a vocation "crisis"? A "crisis" would mean that there are no young women entering religious communities, no young women in formation, no young women that are perpetually professed, and that majority of religious communities are dying out leaving behind nothing but the ashes from the glorious da…

Hell is for Real

“It is the truth. Because if you do not take care of your heart”, and “you always live far away from the Lord, perhaps there is the danger, the danger of continuing in this way, far away from the Lord for eternity. This is very bad!”.
-Pope Francis, Morning Meditation,
November 22, 2016

It is sad, there are these New Age Productions Psychic Nights that keep popping up at many of the diners across Staten Island. And most of the customers are Catholics who have no idea that they are putting their souls in jeopardy and are possibly opening up portals to invite evil spirits into their lives. What is the harm, right? I miss my deceased loved ones why can I not attempt to reach out to them? Why is the Church always trying to tell me what to do? Why are there so many "rules"? What is the big deal? Well, I think the salvation of one's soul is a pretty big deal! Hell is for real.

The Church teachings support what scripture says, and the Church does not act on its own accord just…

NEW Book Trailer: "Called to Love A Listening Heart"


Called to Love A Listening Heart


On Discerning Religious Life: A Lesson Learned

Welcome all to my new and improved Called to Love - A Listening Heart blog! For those who are new to my blog my name is Christina Sorrentino, and I am blogger and writer from Staten Island, New York. The title of my blog, "Called to Love - A Listening Heart" was inspired by my vocation to discern the consecrated life as a religious sister. I am an aspiring religious sister who is living her life each day trying my best to do God's will. I have written for various Catholic online and print publications, and I am the author of the book, Called to Love - A Listening Heart: A Book of Catholic Poetry. I hope that this blog can help to inspire you to consider your own vocation and God's will for your life, and to deepen your faith in Christ.

Jesus My Everything: On Adoration

I wrote today's #BISblog for Blessed Is She​, Jesus My Everything: On Adoration. May you all find comfort in the quiet of your own hearts spending time alone with Jesus.

5 Religious Brothers to Follow on Twitter

Do you already follow awesome Twitter accounts of some priests and religious sisters? How about adding the tweets of religious sisters and brothers to your Twitter feed? Check out the accounts of consecrated men living the fraternal life.

1. Brother James Reiter

Br. James Reiter is a Conventual Franciscan Brother who has previously taught high school and is a former Reserve Police Officer and Police Chaplain. He is currently the director of development for the St. Joseph of Cupertino Province. Br. James shares inspiration tweets that will help you deepen your own faith.

2. Brother Martin

Br. Martin is an Augustinian Friar who promotes the message of being counter-cultural in today's world and helps to spread the truth about the Catholic faith. He tweets about current happenings in the Church community and takes part in insightful and serious theological discussion. Br. Martin plays the guitar and during the holiday season has shared his videos of himself playing several familiar Chris…

Celebrating the Priesthood and Religious Life