4.28.2006

Still a little bit giddy

Hi guys!

Well, I guess this is what Catholics call the discernment process.

I met with Fr. John yesterday and told him of my situation. He advised me that since I have just joined the church, it's likely that whatever order I decide to join will require that I wait a couple of years. Hey, if it's God's will, then it's God's will.Thanks to him for being pragmatic about it- I know that very few women of my age are willing to take on a religious vocation, especially if there's still a chance that they'll marry and have children.

Had an awesome potluck dinner at the church. I think everyone brought something- I was stuffed. Deacon John is very excited for me- said that I may be an answer to a prayer.

I prayed last night, more at length and in depth than I ever have before. Opening myself up to God's will has thus far been absolutely liberating. I felt so good, and I prayed that I would continue to pray, and to be faithful to His call.

May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

4.26.2006

Like a Ton of Bricks

Please pray for my friend Nikki. She has just found out that she and her husband are expecting a baby. She is considered a high-risk pregnancy and she needs all the prayers she can get.

On a different subject:
You probably know from my previous posts that I've recently joined the Catholic church. It's been an incredible experience for me, one that has brought me unspeakable joy.

There's been an extremely interesting new development.

For months, Jason has been periodically suggesting to me that I look into becoming a religious sister. I've brushed him off, saying that I want to at least remain open to the possibility of marrying and having children. Secretly, I've felt a quiet calling to the religious life, but I've denied it, trying to put it off for a few more years, until I'm absolutely sure that I'm not getting hitched and having kiddos. I told God that it was his will and I would do his will, but I wanted a clear-cut, straighforward sign of some sort.

Well, I finally got what I asked for. Jason told me that Fr. Rex was getting his own parish pretty far away from here. I was really sad at first, but learning of it spurred me to action. I've been meaning to ask him how he knew that the priesthood was his life's calling. Now I know that I need to get a move on with it. As soon as I had decided to make an appointment with him to discuss it, I was struck by the thunderbolt. I called Fr. John and made an appointment to speak wiht him tomorrow morning.

I really feel that I'm being called to the religious life. It's clear as a bell now. I know that there will be some major adjustments, but God will help me with those.

So, please, pray for me too. I have a lot to think and pray about.

PS- Nobody so far seems to be at all surprised by my calling/possible vocation.