I once knew of a young, very devout Catholic girl, who went to daily Mass and was often seen kneeling down after Mass praying her rosary with great devotion. She often spoke to me of her fervor to give her life to God and to live free from sin. She then entered a convent of sisters where for many years she stayed and even professed perpetual vows. At one point in their formation, the sisters would be sent to a theological school to undergo theological training, and once there, they were schooled in “modern” spirituality, theology, and “pastoral” practice. Some years after perpetual profession, I heard that this girl left her convent for good. I made effort to contact her and through her friends and relatives was finally able to meet her at a local coffee shop. The once youthful vibrant and pious girl I knew looked haggard, grumpy, and acerbic. After some conversations in trying to cheer her up, she opened herself: “You know, I cannot go back to my old days… I used to pray the rosary with delight, on my knees, with tears on my eyes. I would attend Mass with great consolation, pray novenas, and have great devotion to the saints. Now whenever I would attempt to pray the rosary, a trillion doubts would enter into my mind, so many questionings about authenticity and relevance according to this and that theologian who were our teachers in convent, this and that “lay” master of spirituality, those exegetes we listened to in our theology formation years, Ahhh! And tears would fill my eyes... Not because of devotion, but because of all these doubts and coldness inside. I don't know if I still believe. If only I knew, I would never have undergone those formations! All devotion from me is lost, all piety which we have been taught of as childish navel-gazing, inward-looking, not relevant for the poor and hungry of this world.”
Ah, the stench of Modernism in our convents! I can only sigh with pity for her. Which is why we can say with certainty that Modernism has no sons and daughters for it does not inspire. Everything liberalism and Modernism touches is doomed to die.
I remembered the great mystic and Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila cautioning the people in her day to be very discerning and cautious in choosing what monastery to enter (and for that matter, the same can also be said of convents and seminaries) :
"If parents would take my advice since they do not want to place their daughters in an environment where the path to salvation is more dangerous than in the world…they should prefer a marriage of much lower status for their daughters than to placing them in monasteries like these… [i.e. the ones she speaks of as being corrupt] they should keep them [i.e. their daughters] at home. For if a daughter desires to be bad, she will not be able to conceal it for a more than a short time (blogger’s note: for such bad attitude would be eventually noticed by family members and friends), but in a monastery she can [hide such] for a long time… She does harm not only to herself but to all. And at times, the poor thing is not at fault, because SHE FOLLOWS AFTER WHAT SHE FINDS. It is a pity that many who desire to withdraw from the world, thinking they are going to serve the Lord and flee worldly dangers, find themselves in ten worlds joined together without knowing how to protect themselves or remedy the situation. For youthfulness, sensuality, and the devil incite them and make them prone to follow after things that are of the very world [i.e. worldliness] And yet, these are accepted as good, so to speak. It seems to me that somewhat like the unfortunate heretics, THESE RELIGIOUS DESIRE TO BE BLIND AND TO MAKE OTHERS THINK THAT THEIR PATH IS A GOOD ONE, and they believe it to be so without believing it, for within themselves dwells one who informs them that it is bad.
(St. Teresa of Avila, Autobiography, Chapter 7 #4, emphasis and comments mine)
Parents, and those of you who feel attracted to the priesthood and religious life, I say this: BEWARE OF THE CONVENT, THE RELIGIOUS ORDER AND THE SEMINARY YOU ARE APPLYING FOR. Not only because a seminary is considered “Catholic” that you should seriously enter into it. Rather, think twice if you hear a seminary or a religious convent who have twisted ideas about piety, theology, the vows, and the Catholic Church. St. Teresa of Avila once spoke about them during her day -- religious who have made twisted ways their ideal for good! Ah like the devout Catholic girl I knew who was wasted in her faith and devotion by Modernist nuns, priests, and liberal theologians; if you survive their formation, get professed or ordained, you end up being corrupted yourselves.
And to add to the warning, I even hear of seminaries in the Philippines, in which formators would even encourage their seminarians to go to gay bars as part of their self-actualization. Convents who teach witchcraft to their sisters [yes! Witchcraft, which for them is just the channeling of “cosmic” energy through objects, crystals, and spells to benefit from the "merciful" and "powerful" womb of “Mother” Nature]. Religious who would eliminate praying the Divine Office but instead just read aloud the daily newspaper in the chapel for all to hear as their “very relevant” and “up-to-date” morning prayer in order to “immerse” themselves in the “hidden God” active in the faces of the poor and the suffering of the world. Religious living in their own posh apartments justified by their argument for relevance and openness to modernity… The list seems endless. And you have priests and nuns who with contorted sophistry would openly advocate gay-marriage, contraception, and abortion, and they bombard their seminarians, and novices that all this because of the great springtime of Vatican II! People of piety and devotion, BEWARE of MODERNIST CONVENTS, SEMINARIES, PRIESTS AND NUNS!