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Would you consider being a nun/priest?

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  • 02-09-2012 8:40pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2


    So I came across this in a local parish newsletter the other day:

    Looking for your path? Monastic Weekend 21st to 23rd September Come and see!
    Carmelites Tallow Single Women (aged 22-38) discerning a vocation to religious life. St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery, Tallow, Co. Waterford

    chances are I wouldn't meet a lot of the perequisites to become a nun... (and also the fact Im 21) though I do like to help people out in any way I can (granted you can still do that without wearing a load of heavy underskirts and the white coif/cap).
    And it's most likely I'll just carry on like the majority of people and so on and so forth. I guess when I was younger I found Nano Nagle to be an unreal urusline nen educating kids and helping the sick and needy in Cork city after school.

    Would you ever consider it or would you be automatically turned off by a life of vocation? Know anybody who does lead this sort of life?
    (leaving the church scandals aside what do you think of them?)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 122 ✭✭Ambient Occlusion


    Well, I have the crisp packets...


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,534 ✭✭✭KKkitty


    I'd be a crap nun. I'd always break the habit :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,836 ✭✭✭Colmustard


    A sexy nun for a fancy dress maybe.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,846 ✭✭✭Fromthetrees


    Would you consider being a nun/priest?

    If you mean in the context of dressing up as one than yes.

    If you mean actually became one than no.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2 sideswipepee


    Great, guess I could use the crisp packets to do origami, or burn them out of boredom. Though it would be great craic if it was anything like sister act :pac:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,068 ✭✭✭✭My name is URL


    Not much different to becoming a soldier imo. To hell with vocations.. just do your time and blow it all on weeknights.


  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭celticcrash


    Our local priest is called Father Peter O File.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,479 ✭✭✭✭philologos


    Not a Roman Catholic, but going into ministry has been something on my mind on and off over the past few years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,453 ✭✭✭Shenshen


    I wouldn't consider it for the following reasons :

    I do not see poverty as something to aspire to.
    I do not think that blind obedience is something to aspire to.
    I like sex. A lot. With different people. And I don't find not having sex anything to aspire to, either.

    And last but probably most important : I don't believe in god, and dislike organised religion.
    I would consider becoming a prostitute before considering becoming a nun.
    But to each their own.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,302 ✭✭✭JohnMearsheimer


    My best friend did 4 years in the seminary and left. He found it too restrictive for him. He told me once he got given out to for getting on really well with a girl that was in one of his classes in Maynooth. He was told not to sit next to her again. He would have made a good priest but I think he found the institution of the church to be still in the dark ages. He still has his faith though. Personally, the priesthood wouldn't be for me.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,390 ✭✭✭IM0


    *popcorn*


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,443 ✭✭✭Bipolar Joe


    Shenshen wrote: »
    I wouldn't consider it for the following reasons :

    I do not see poverty as something to aspire to.
    I do not think that blind obedience is something to aspire to.
    I like sex. A lot. With different people. And I don't find not having sex anything to aspire to, either.

    And last but probably most important : I don't believe in god, and dislike organised religion.
    I would consider becoming a prostitute before considering becoming a nun.
    But to each their own.

    What do you think of un/disorganised religion?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 637 ✭✭✭ruthloss


    No, I was educated in an all girls school run by nuns.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,641 ✭✭✭Teyla Emmagan


    Sadly I will be doing my toenails that weekend and unable to attend.


  • Registered Users Posts: 191 ✭✭sweeney1971


    Always thought you had to be a Virgin to be a Nun?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,453 ✭✭✭Shenshen


    What do you think of un/disorganised religion?

    As I said, to each their own.

    I went to a secondary school run by a convent. They were Mary Ward sisters, and very liberal by Catholic standards. I did appreciate their openness and the emphasis they put on personal choices, but I also know that this constantly put them into very hot water with the Catholic authorities. I always wondered why they bothered, and not went ahead and ditched the Catholic label. They could have done the same and so much more without that millstone around their necks.

    As for religion in general, I personally have no need for it. My life works fine without, I never experienced the "there as to be more to it" moment that many religious people will tell you about.
    But I do realise that there are people who have a need for a "bigger purpose" explanation, so for these people religion does serve a purpose.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,364 ✭✭✭✭Kylo Ren


    Absolutely.

    Helping out the community, reaching out to the children, giving mass, reaching out to the children.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,916 ✭✭✭shopaholic01


    No way, even if I was religious I would find it to be a lonely and restricted life. I find that people respond better to lay people now when they are in roles traditionally associated with religious orders.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭SuperInfinity


    No, and frankly, I think there's something not completely right about someone who swears to be celibate forever. The other stuff I can sorta respect as a belief system without buying into it myself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,324 ✭✭✭BillyMitchel


    Colmustard wrote: »
    A sexy nun for a fancy dress maybe.

    Photos or GTFO :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,090 ✭✭✭jill_valentine


    No. Just... no.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,952 ✭✭✭Lando Griffin


    Would probably have considered it years ago when people were taught to respect and fear priests but now with the white collar crime and all the other stuff have lost alot of fear and respect in the neighbourhood would not consider it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,986 ✭✭✭Red Hand


    No way, even if I was religious I would find it to be a lonely and restricted life. I find that people respond better to lay people now when they are in roles traditionally associated with religious orders.

    Oh yeahhhh!!!!:P

    No, don't believe in God and the celibate thing is right odd in my opinion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 34,788 ✭✭✭✭krudler


    Yes just to troll the congregations.

    "and now please rise for a reading of a letter from Harry Potter to the Malfoys."

    making airplane noises feeding people communion, spiking the church wine with vodka, wildly flailing the incense around. and finishing mass with "may the force be with you"


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,671 ✭✭✭GarIT


    (leaving the church scandals aside what do you think of them?)

    That just sounds so stupid to me. Leaving the Holocaust scandals aside what do you think of the Nazi party?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,846 ✭✭✭Fromthetrees


    GarIT wrote: »
    That just sounds so stupid to me. Leaving the Holocaust scandals aside what do you think of the Nazi party?
    They had dapper uniforms and their marching abilities were impeccable?
    Can't really think of anything else...


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,534 ✭✭✭KKkitty


    I'd be a priest actually. Look at the benefits. A new car almost every year, a big house, housekeepers, my local church takes in over a thousand euro a week between in church collections and envelopes, a few holidays a year and spouting sanctimonious bs from the pulpit almost every day.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,293 ✭✭✭1ZRed


    HahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahaha




    So in sort, no.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,479 ✭✭✭✭philologos


    KKkitty wrote: »
    I'd be a priest actually. Look at the benefits. A new car almost every year, a big house, housekeepers, my local church takes in over a thousand euro a week between in church collections and envelopes, a few holidays a year and spouting sanctimonious bs from the pulpit almost every day.

    Just curious as to what you mean by sanctimonious BS? - For the record, I agree that more money that goes to churches should be used more wisely. I.E - To further the Gospel.

    Is there anything in particular, or is it the fundamental truth of the Christian Gospel itself which is largely as follows:
    1) God created the world, and in His loving rule He gave us standards to live the best we can in His creation.

    2) Man fell into sin and rejected God's rightful rule, instead glorifying themselves rather than the one who made them. As a result for rejecting God's rightful rule in His creation, all are liable to judgement, as all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.

    3) God in His loving mercy, sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to take the penalty that we all deserved on our behalf by dying in our place on the cross.

    As a result we have two options:
    4) Repent and believe in the Gospel. If we accept that Jesus stood in our place on the cross, paid the penalty for our sin in full, and if we turn our lives around so that we live for God rather than for our own selfishness, we can be forgiven and receive eternal life.

    5) We can reject God's standards, God's mercy and God's loving rule, and take the penalty we deserve ourselves. That is eternal condemnation and separation from God.

    Do you think that message is sanctimonious? If so I'd be interested to hear.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭Littlehorny


    50 years ago it was a status symbol to have a priest in the family, in 2012 Ireland a young man wanting to be a priest would be looked upon as bit of a weirdo tbh, with all that has gone on what young person would want to join up.


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