Your Chance to Do a Work of Mercy!

Your Chance to Do a Work of Mercy! October 13, 2012

A reader writes:

My name is Taryn Watkins. For the last several years I have been discerning my call to religious life and I hope to join the Discalced Carmelites.  I am currently working to pay off my student loans because in order for me to enter, I need to be debt free. This is why I am in need of your help. Will you prayerfully consider buying one of my paintings online or offering a donation to help me fulfill my vocation? I have created a blog,, that I would love for you to take a look at and share it with anyone and everyone you know because I very much desire to enact God’s call quickly! I am an artist myself and I have made some prints of a painting of Our Lady because I place my vocation and the way in which that will be realized in her hands. Please consider purchasing one of my prints for yourself or a friend, they would make a great Christmas present this season!

Oremus pro invicem,
Taryn Watkins

The worker is worth her wages.

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  • Dave Kjeldgaard

    Would love to buy a print. Enterred two valid CC and reply says cards not valid. I’ll try again later.

    • Next Friday is payday and I know what to do with my entertainment budget!!!

      A Peurto Rican priest in NY I once had the benefit of knowing said to me, “When an old or ugly woman becomes a nun, it is nothing to the world. But when a beautiful girl gives up everything to follow a call, the world can only say ‘How can this be?'”

      Let’s all help make the world question such things!

  • Alias Clio

    Mr Garrett, I’m sure that your priest friend meant well. Still, that remark of his was a little ungallant, was it not? God does not value the vocations of the young and pretty more than those of the old or ugly. To say nothing of the fact that ugly women get married too, so that even the world itself is not entirely unwilling or unable to value them.

  • Albacete said nothing about God. He said that to the world, these things do not provoke a question, that the world’s attitude considers the former nothing, or even sensical, but the latter to be a shock and a surprise.

    There is nothing ungallant about that old priest, and speaking as a mam with a very ugly face, I endorse his comment. Please read more carefully.

  • A man. Damn these tiny touchscreens!

  • My only point in repeating his comment though was to say this particular young lady has as angelic as mine is “scare a dog off a gut wagon ugly.”

    No joke, they used to tie fatback to my shirt so the hounds would play with me as a boy. If the muse of history herself is either old or deformed, she should learn to laugh at least.

  • Alias Clio

    Old? I suppose by some standards, but not really. Deformed? No; I have generally been considered pleasing to look at (I think!) I do understand about laughing at such things, too. Still, I thought it possible that a plain or elderly woman suffering from a sense of rejection might read such a comment and flinch just a little. I didn’t think that was what you or the priest intended, as you’ll note if you re-read what I said. It’s just that it’s easy to misconstrue such comments, especially when so many people have been taught from youth that sexual attractiveness is their only possible source of joy or love. I understand that your point was to confound such expectations, but the way you have done so might cause confusion.

  • Then thank you. And let us both join in chorus and say God values the old enough to give them the full 3 score and 10 plus a helping.

    And that anyone who judges on looks is shallow, and God is deeper than the sea.

    Like I said, i’m an ugly ugly man, inside and out and I cant fathom all the ways He has proven His love for me, and that is just today.