I am not surprised by some of the comments made on my blog. Yes, most of the posts are a bit unusual.
Here’s what I heard since two years ago:
1) A beautiful young lady who gives up marriage for the convent. It’s crazy making!
2) Has she really thought about this?
3) Does she have a spiritual director?
4) Will her parents allow this?
5) Do you have mentors?
6) I don’t see her as a missionary but as a Poor Clare.
7) What’s wrong with Dominicans?
8) How could she fall in love with a person that she can’t see? Is this an imaginary friend that was made up?
It goes on and on. I have two pages of comments, remarks, and questions. I welcome the challenge.
Answers to these questions or comments:
1) Marriage is a beautiful relationship. But I believe that I would be a healthier person if I didn’t marry. It wasn’t that I didn’t find the right guy or because family of origin. I just wasn’t called to marry.
2) The preparation to become a nun takes time. You don’t get the habit right away or profess solemn vows immediately. It takes about 7.5 years to get to solemn vows in the Franciscan community in Beaverton.
3) Yes, I have a spiritual director who knows the community.
4) My mother passed away years ago. I did tell my father who probably didn’t understand. I am in my mid 30s so I have the ability to make my own decisions. Getting approval from others isn’t really necessary.
5) I have many mentors. One of them is helping me fundraise for The Labouré Society.
6) Can’t help it. I love to travel.
7) I didn’t click with them very well.
8) This will take time to think about it. I will go to other sources and friends for more insight. The short answer: I have faith in believing that He exists. I know the last post sparked a lot of questions and that’s fine. Satire is very hard to write and sometimes I get carried away in my writing. As long as we still have freedom of speech, I’ll keep blogging until I enter formation. The blog may evolve into another. I had a previous blog that was workshopped.
For the record, I am not joining a cult. No one forced to join a community of nuns.
So, keep your thoughts and questions coming. I welcome the challenge.
I fly back to San Francisco and I pray that the flight attendants are there!