The beginning of a new day
Today was perhaps one of the craziest days of my life. I’ve lived at home most of my life with the occasional trips here and there but the longest I’ve ever been away from home is 3 months, with a quick visit in between. Now, I’m preparing to be away for close to 8 months and so all the preparatory work, that until now I had so conveniently procrastinated away, caught up to me. I spent most of my morning running everywhere around the house grabbing stuff I thought I might need. I didn’t want to be like an Imelda Marcos with her closets of thousands of shoes, but I certainly didn’t want to forget to bring something I needed either. Moving out is quite a chore, for everyone involved.
Before all this chaos took place too, I did want to try and drop by my home parish of St. Clare’s for one final morning mass with Father Scott. While there, I realized something that I had almost forgotten!!! IT’S A VERY SPECIAL DAY TODAY!!! It’s Mary’s birthday!!! I can’t believe I almost forgot!! And I’m stunned again by this unexpected coincidence… Just a couple of months ago, I kinda tried (and I think succeeded a bit) to consecrate my vocation to Jesus through Mary following the methods of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. If you’re ever thinking about vocations and struggling to find out where you’re called, I cannot more strongly recommend this prayer to help you. The consecration involves 30 days of preparation using some of the most beautiful and powerful meditations I’ve seen thus far. How appropriate that on the day I enter in, it’s the birthday of Mary!!! Coincidence? I think not! 🙂
Mission is such a beautiful and peaceful place. If you ever have the opportunity to come out here for a visit, you have to try and come! After the hasty bit of unpacking and the once more, sad and difficult goodbyes, I was able to start settling into my new life out here. I joined the monks for their evening vespers and vigils. I’m still not at real peace from all that’s going on in my life right now but I think that after a few more weeks and months of settling in, I’ll be able to find that inner silence that I so desperately need in my soul to hear the quiet whisperings of God as to what His will is for me.
Anyway, I have to get to bed… Tomorrow, I slowly adapt into seminary life and need to be up by 5:30 and in the church by 6!!! I’ll just have to leave you with a gorgeous picture I took of the evening sunset from this holy hill just after vigils! Cheers and God bless!!!