The Provincial Counselor from St. Louis in
charge of Postulant Formation led a simple
evening prayer service in our chapel at
Claiborne Residence in New Orleans.
I am excited and filled with joy as I engage in this new stage of formation with the Sisters, surrendering myself more deeply to Christ, and allowing myself to be formed into the Woman of God He has called me to be.
I received the Miraculous Medal to wear, and
the Community Constitutions & Statutes to
review before in-depth study during the
next stage, Seminary (aka novitiate).
Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks -we will find our path to authentic service in the world. True vocation joins self and service, as Frederick Buechner asserts when he defines vocation as "the place where your deep gladness meets the world's great need." (from Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer)