"March Madness" is the perfect description of my life for the past 30 days. This March, the month of St. Joseph, has been the craziest, most exciting, and most blessed month of my life. I've learned quite a few lessons in trust and patience. The Lord is always faithful, even when I am not. Even when I am worried, anxious, trying to force timing, and control everything, He holds me in his steady hands. "Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord!" -Psalm 27:14
|I get to pray here multiple times a day. Heaven touches Earth.|
Let's start from the top, because really it's amazing I'm still alive after so much stress and excitement:
|I've always looked good in black & white ;)|
- March 5 - bought a plane ticket to Europe. Three weeks with Erin in Poland, Italy, and a quick jaunt to the Czech Republic. Hope I am accepted to the convent soon or I'll have to quit my job anyway because I don't have enough vacation days
- March 14 - finished and mailed my application to enter the convent after receiving application papers in January (hooray!)
- March 15 - Sister received my application and my psychological evaluation and letter of recommendation arrived - application complete!
- March 15 - 18 - obsessively checked my phone and email every 30 seconds and jumped every time my phone rang
- March 19 - accepted to enter the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia on the Solemnity of St. Joseph!!! BEST DAY EVER. Thank you Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Dominic, and Cecilia!!
- March 21 - resigned from my job & told everyone I was entering the convent
- March 25 - total consecration to Mary
- March 31 - turned 24 and started my last week at work
My last day of work is this Friday, April 4, and then I'll be in Poland and Italy for the rest of the month on an epic canonization of Pope John Paul II/Easter in Rome pilgrimage. I'll be blogging about my pilgrimage and my preparations to enter the convent over the next few months.
Also I have a confession to make. Remember my post on how to celebrate Advent? I may be a bit of a liturgical stickler when it comes to waiting until it's actually the Christmas season to celebrate Christmas. I intended to leave my tree up through February 2, the Feast of the Presentation. Well...now we've gone through a cycle of Ordinary time and part of Lent and my tree is still up. It was going to be my Lenten penance to take it down except...by the time I get back from Europe Lent will be over. Resurrection tree anyone?! My liturgical living win turned into a #liturgicalfail. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa. Pray for me! ;)
|Look at all those cute nuns ;)|
|It was only a matter of time with these two praying for my vocation!|