Divine Mercy Chaplet
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In the 1917 Code, Canon 88 and 89 define a person who is under 21 as a minor and subject to their parents' except where Canon Law exempts them.

The Code envisions that someone who is as young as 15 could enter religion, but only with permission of his or her parents. At least from 1917 onward, only after reaching the age of 21, or before with parental permission (unless the person's bishop or the Pope made some exception), one could not validly enter the novitiate. Certainly unless there were a grave issue, someone who was still a minor could not run away from home and enter religion without some sin involved.

It is of note that St Thérèse, who at age 14 wanted to enter the Carmel, supported by her parents, was denied, and when she asked again at age 15, with parental permission was again refused. She went to Rome specifically to ask Leo XIII to allow it. His reply was that she should do as the superiors wanted, and that would be God's sign. The local bishop gave the dispensation (not influenced by the Pope's statement).

So the law for religious at Sr Faustina's time required her to be 21 to enter without her parents' permission, or a dispensation for serious reasons.

Her own description says that after going to a dance at age 19, she felt ashamed at the event and ran away to the Cathedral to pray. There she perceived Our Lord to tell her to run away from home, go to Warsaw, and enter the convent against her parents' wishes. She tried but no convent would receive her except one that said she needed a dowry, so instead of returning home, she took up work in the city to save up the money, and when she had it, she was permitted to make her profession (seemingly without a postulancy, which is canonically required for valid profession) at age 20, without parental permission, and seemingly without dispensation.

Perhaps there are other details here, but it sure seems like what was done did not agree with Canon Law, and certainly that there was not a sufficient motive at age 19 to leave home, when Canon Law established 21 as the age when one could act fully as an adult without parental guidance.

I will only say that it does seem that there were errors made, and the law not properly followed, all because of a personal perception that Our Lord had spoken to someone and they were to enter religion. That at least seems suspicious, and under the former process for Canonization, would certainly have disqualified a candidate. Again, perhaps I am missing details of the story, but it seems Augustinian has a valid point from a Canonical perspective.
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Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Pandora - 11-14-2020, 04:27 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by jovan66102 - 11-14-2020, 09:54 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Augustinian - 11-15-2020, 10:08 AM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Pandora - 11-15-2020, 12:27 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Augustinian - 11-15-2020, 12:52 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Pandora - 11-15-2020, 01:16 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Florus - 11-15-2020, 01:23 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by VoxClamantis - 11-15-2020, 01:23 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Augustinian - 11-15-2020, 02:25 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by MagisterMusicae - 11-15-2020, 07:27 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Mourning Dove - 11-16-2020, 07:52 AM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by VoxClamantis - 11-16-2020, 04:44 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by Augustinian - 11-16-2020, 06:21 PM
RE: Divine Mercy Chaplet - by MagisterMusicae - 11-16-2020, 09:52 PM



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