Today marks two months since I began my postulancy with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. It has been vastly different than what I thought it would be. Even though I had been living with the sisters during pre-candidacy and candidacy, I had not been fully living with them. Having had to leave before morning prayers and not returning until late afternoon, I never got to really experience a full day in the convent. I knew the day was not a “sunshine and lollipop” day but I didn’t realize how full and balanced it was. Needless to say, at the end of the day, I am never bored and can always fall asleep with no problem.
Sorry for the lack of updates from yours truly. At first it didn’t seem like I would be able to keep the blog going but I do have Mother’s go ahead to keep it up (as much as time allows) However as you have figured by now, it has been very hard to get to task. This blog post has been in the making since my second week in the postulancy. Since then, I have managed to get sick twice and even landed myself in the hospital. It would appear that there is something hinky going on with my inner ear and the doctors are still truing to figure it out. I will be sure to keep you up to date on that (well as time allows of course)
Speaking of how busy things have been, another reason I’ve not been able to post more regularly is our new website! (I know I’m blaming my lack of posting on everyone and everything but this is really good I promise) We have been working on launching a new website since May; May 13th to be exact. And last week, on the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, we launched the website. Our new host is eCatholic and these guys are awesome. If you are in the market for a new website, please check them out. Their prices are reasonable, no scratch that. Their prices are just great!! and the service is phenomenal. Oh did I mention that they are Catholic? Oh yeah they are, so check them out http://www.ecatholicwebsites.com. Back to my point, we have a new website!!!!! and you can view it here….By the way, the address is http://www.sistersofmarymc.org or you can type the whole thing and go to http://www.sistersofmarymotherofthechurch.org.
Sooo….. the novitiate is fast around the corner and now that I am no longer occupied with thoughts of not being ready and questions such as “how will survive a canonical year” I am starting to get super excited. perhaps it is because I am also going to be seeing my family and dear friends in less than two weeks. I was fitted for my habit last week and sister Maria Consuela had me cutting (you’ll be glad to know I’m getting over my fear of cutting and ruining fabric) and I was shocked at how tiny I was. I tried to convince her that the fabric was not enough but then I put it against me and sadly the doll cut-outs did fit me, on top of that it’s a little big! :(.
Please keep my community in your prayers. As I am sure most of you are already aware, Sister Maria Consuela was diagnosed with cancer two months ago and earlier this month just began chemotherapy. She is on her second round and things are going better than last time. Of course there are up and down days but as is the case with life, we just take it as it comes and trust the Lord to strengthen us.
About this time last year I was worrying about how my entrance would be a reality. Now I am trying to pinch myself to make sure that my impending entrance to the novitiate is indeed a reality. I will let you know if I wake up or not :).
You all have been so supportive with your spiritual and financial support that I cannot thank you enough. Please know that you are with me everyday and that I think of you, my wonderful supports often. Whether it’s during Office, Mass, Meditation or a rosary walk; these thoughts of you are prayers; prayers of thanksgiving, prayers for your intentions and prayers begging the Lord to continue to bless you and to use you to bless others. Only God knows how thankful I am for all of your help, I have entrusted each and everyone of you to His care and I trust and know that He will richly reward your generosity.
I know I promised you guys pictures from my postulancy and most of them are up on the new website (another reason to take a look) but there are a couple more that I notice didn’t get put in the album so we’ll consider these exclusives for my blog readers and I’ll be sure to have these up for you soon…ish.
Blessed feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola (p.s. I love him)