Not only Covid-19 and BLM (how sad the life dominated by acronyms!): While I was combing the immense American blogosphere in search of signs that the good Lord has not abandoned us to the compulsions of anger and political calculations, I was made meet on Twitter the beautiful smile of Gabrielle Rose, who went to visit a Benedictine monastery just yesterday evening:
I’ve been discerning about religious life for a long time, and I’m finally going to visit a monastery tonight! Please pray for me and my vocation.
i’ve been discerning religious life for a long time and tonight i’m finally visiting a convent! please pray for me as well as my vocation 💓
– gabrielle rose (@annoyingtradcat) June 29, 2020
More than 3 thousand hearts in less than 20 hours for this blonde with a lively look: under her post, cascading, a hundred good wishes from people of both sexes, many countries of many continents and various ethnic and religious backgrounds. There are those who recommend this novena, those who suggest considering the Dominicans because they have so many convents in the world, those who advise not to see a single monastery, on the path of discernment, those who simply entrust the girl to the Spirit (after all what she had asked). The first to respond, however, was an African American who promised her a Rosary for her discernment. It happens in the United States of America, in these confused days of summer 2020.
Gabrielle Rose is characterized on Twitter with an image (the flag of the Holy See) and three very short sentences:
As God wants • Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter • Lover of life
The sketch of a person desiring to abandon himself to an Absolute perceived and believed to be a Good Father, creator and redeemer of all life, as well as an ecclesial belonging characterized by a certain traditionalism, comes out with three lines: the Saint Peter Priestly Fraternity was formed by St. John Paul II for those who from the schismatic Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X wanted to return to communion with Rome by embracing Vatican Council II and maintaining the Vetus Ordo.
Gabrielle Rose wrote some other tweets to tell the followers how the visit had gone and to thank them for the prayers: it was at mass (in Latin and in Vetus Ordo) listened to a beautiful homily on Saints Peter and Paul and then got to talk to the nuns. The young woman finally announces that she has had a short date for a new meeting.
y’all … i was able to attend a priest’s private TLM and THEN i heard a talk from an incredible priest about st. peter and st. paul, and THEN i got to talk to the sisters. I’m going back in a few days, deo gratias 💛
– gabrielle rose (@annoyingtradcat) June 30, 2020
“However! Willie Scott’s voice resounds within me Indiana Jones and the cursed temple -: I thought archaeologists were all ugly types who only care about mummies! ” I say this because (although I basically consider myself a conservative and love the Latin language, even in the liturgies) I have not been well impressed by the contexts known to me related to Vetus Ordo… and also on this point I gladly welcome the sign that invites me to re-discuss my opinion. I go to Gabrielle’s Instagram profile and find a beautiful post that comes as a balm for me these days:
The peace that God gives is enormously greater than anything in this world.
Take a moment today to pray for everyone who experiences violence in any form – be it police brutality, domestic abuse, sexual assault, abortion, euthanasia, suicide, bullying, war, murder, etc. … – everyone deserves to be treated with love and respect, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or culture.
That we can conquer a sense of peace in the midst of all the chaos, and a renewed fervor to stand alongside all those who – at every stage of life – are faced with injustice.
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the peace God gives is far greater than anything else in this world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ take a moment today to pray for all those who experience violence in any form— whether it is police brutality, domestic abuse, sexual assault, abortion, euthanasia, suicide, bullying, war, murder, etc. everyone deserves to be treated with love and respect, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, or culture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ may we gain a sense of peace amidst all of the chaos, and a renewed fervor to stand up for all those facing injustice at all stages of life.
Do you understand the girl sitting on the roof of the car?
Of course – one should think – this young woman has had all the fortunes: born from the right side of the world, endowed with grace and wit, speech and spirit, grace, touch … perhaps even with a monastic vocation … «But not all lives – still a few voices inside me – spin away so smoothly … ». And here is this other post, dated just May 25:
Hi, I’m Gabrielle and I fight to accept my body as it is.
My path in accepting my physical appearance is long, but I will summarize it. Having always had a strong metabolism, I was often taken to be “too dry”. In middle school they called me “stick” or “skeleton”. People told me I looked underweight (even though I was actually in weight), and I always had eyelashes and eyebrows so clear that from a distance they seemed non-existent. You can imagine that I was also pointed out for these traits.
All these comments led me to doubt that God had made me perfect as I was. “Well, if he had made me perfect then I would …………” and you can fill the void. It took me a long time to understand that I was measuring myself against the beauty standards of society, which are completely different from those of God.
What are God’s beauty standards? Take care of your body; respect your body and its limits; accept all their defects; love the body that your soul innervates.
When God says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, He means just that: we are perfect just as we are. We don’t need makeup and wigs, diets or anything that makes us look better. In God’s eyes we are at our best when we love the defective body in which we came into existence. This does not mean that the things listed above are necessarily sinful, but they can become sinful if our feeling of beauty or worthy of attention and love depends on them. And this brings me to the reason why I wrote all this.
My biggest problem is make-up: I started putting on makeup when I was thirteen, and since then I have never left home for a considerable amount of time without make-up. Recently I began to realize that I didn’t even know what my appearance was without makeup. When I took off my makeup, I wouldn’t feel like myself. So I decided to stop putting on makeup for the time being. It was not easy, but the game (accept me as I am) was worth the candle 🙂
I wanted to expose this delicate part of my story because it is all too easy to hide on social media.
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hi i’m gabrielle & i struggle with accepting my body for the way it is. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ my journey to loving my physical body is a long one, but i’ll summarize. having a high metabolism all my life, i was frequently picked on for being ‘too skinny’. in middle school i was called “twig” & “skeleton.” people would tell me i looked underweight (even though i was at a healthy weight) & needed to go eat. along with my weight, I’ve always had light colored eyebrows & eyelashes that from a distance look like they’re non-existent. as you could guess, i was picked on for those traits as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ all these comments made me doubt that God made me perfect the way i am. “Well if He made me perfect then i would have ___,” you can fill in the blank. i failed to realize that i was comparing myself to society’s standards of beauty, which are far from God’s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ what are God’s standards of beauty? taking care of your body. respecting your body & its limits. embracing all your flaws. loving the physical body your soul inhabits. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ when God says that we are a temple of the holy spirit, He means it. we are perfect just the way we are. we don’t need makeup, hair products, diets, or anything else to make us look better. in God’s eyes, we look our best when we welcome the flawed body we come in. that doesn’t mean that those things listed are inherently sinful, but they can become sinful if we depend on them to feel beautiful or worthy. which brings me to why i wrote all this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ my biggest problem is makeup. i started wearing makeup when i was 13, & have never left the house for an extended period of time without makeup since then. i started realizing lately that i didn’t even know what i looked like without makeup. the second i would take my makeup off, i wouldn’t feel like myself. I know – I’ve decided to stop wearing makeup for the time being. it hasn’t been easy, but the outcome (acceptance) will be worth it 🙂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i wanted to be vulnerable to all of y’all because it’s SO easy to hide on social media !!
Of course she is a young girl, but already so mature: there are elements that can influence her choices, but her advantage is that on the one hand she seems to be well aware of it and on the other (which is the same) she seems determined to “take in his hand his life and make it a masterpiece ». Examination of conscience, prayer, confession and fraternal correction, sacramental supply … Gabrielle Rose shows us in the use some fundamentals of the spiritual life – and telling about herself, not preaching -; holds together the assumption that #AllLivesMatter without getting involved in the controversy (indeed, the memory of it sounds so remote, while reading it!); and with that dynamic balance of action and contemplation it allows us to see reflected in her one of the most beautiful faces of the Church, always ancient and so renewing, of which we all discover we are in need.
With the best marks for his vocation, whatever it is.