Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Announcement

It is with a joyful and humble heart that I announce to you this day, on the memorial of the Queenship of Mary, the decision to pursue a vocation to the religious life as a sister - currently with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Today marks four months of active discernment following an almost indescribable experience in which I 'just knew' God was calling me to Himself in this most intimate way.

I first felt the 'tug', as it is so affectionately called, around the age of twelve. After being 'outed' before I was ready, I quickly forgot the whole idea and pursued everything except the religious life. I rarely looked back though the thought never really did leave me. In April of this year (April 22 to be exact), at a Youth 2000 Mass, during the consecration, I felt the tug again, only in a much more profound way. This time, it was not a gentle nudge in His direction. It was a quiet whisper in my heart much like ones I had experienced before in my lifetime on a much smaller scale. I 'just knew'. It seemed to be the theme for vocations that weekend - 'just know'ing that is. I was in complete awe. In that moment I felt probably twenty different emotions. All I could bring myself to do was praise and thank Him. What a beautiful gift He was giving me!

After Mass I said the Liturgy of the Hours with the brothers again, talked with a friar about it, and then attended the vocation talk. I spoke extensively with Sister Mary Paul Haas of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (Irving, TX) afterward and was really excited. She was excited for me as well. She was definitely very supportive and encouraging, listening patiently and affirming many aspects of my life and my personality. I finished out the night with Adoration (and the procession). It was beautiful and I am just as excited today (for the most part) as I was then. It is an interesting journey to be sure and I am enjoying every minute of it - the trials included.

Since then I have attended the Vocation Awareness Program hosted by my diocese (as well as the diocese of Forth Worth) and sponsored by the Young Serrans. It wasn't the best retreat in what it physically provided but it was a seemingly perfect balance of solitude and socialization - and I was thankful for it. I was able to get to know an aquintance of mine in a very unique way and that was great. We have really bonded a lot over that weekend and the things we took away from it. I also spoke with many religious about the religious life and about my vocation specifically. They have all been very affirming for me.

Well, it looks as though this post has turned into a long one. I certainly did not mean for it to be. If you've read to the end, I apologize and thank you at the same time.

Please keep me in your prayers. I definitely need them!

May God bless each of you abundantly now and always!

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18 Comments:

Blogger Julie D. said...

WOOHOO!!!!

Laura, CONGRATULATIONS! I am so very excited and you should have heard the whoop I let out reading the first paragraph!

:-)

8/22/2006 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

What a wonderful post! Congratulations. I often wonder how often He calls us and we do not hear. Thankfully you did!

8/22/2006 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

Congrats! I look forward to hearing about where your faith journey takes you :)

8/22/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Barb, sfo said...

Laura, that is WONDERFUL news! Congratulations to you, and may God bless you richly as you pursue this path. With prayers.

8/22/2006 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger FutureihmNJ said...

I KNEW IT!!!!!!!! COngrats please be assured of my prayers for you onyour journey to growing deeper in love to HIM!!

Sister In Christ
Lee Nora

8/22/2006 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger Lobo said...

Congratulations - Thanks for taking the call. Celebrate with your family and friends. A good catholic site to look at is www.mycatholic.com - its helpful for a spiritual life.

8/22/2006 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Congrats!! :D :D :D

8/22/2006 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Lounge Daddy said...

God bless you
what great news!

and what an excellent choice of a day to announce ;)

take care
and you have many prayers

--- LD

8/22/2006 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

May Mary walk with you, Laura, and may you hear the Ohio WHOOPING and CHEERING and FANATICAL HOORAYING from there... :) Congrats and thank you for saying YES to God's call. :)

8/22/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger ~m2~ said...

how very cool for you, sister :) blessings on your walk closer with God...

8/22/2006 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hey, Laura, that's great news! I will pray for you. May God bless you in all you do.

8/22/2006 04:36:00 PM  
Blogger Moneybags said...

Congratulations!!!

8/22/2006 05:15:00 PM  
Blogger Rick Lugari said...

Congratulations, Laura! I can't say I'm not disappointed that you're not becoming a Carmelite, but I suppose things could be worse...you could be joining the Liberated Sisters of the Four Winds or something...

;)

8/22/2006 09:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jennifer F. said...

How wonderful! Congratulations!

8/22/2006 09:31:00 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

This is wonderful news. :)

May God bless you as you continue your discernment!

8/22/2006 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger March Hare said...

Congratulations, Laura! At least you didn't need the Holy Clue-by-Four that God has used on Julie D. and me. (At least once or twice! ;)

8/23/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger phatcatholic said...

Rev 19:7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready

9/05/2006 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Daughter of St. John said...

As late as I am I still wanted to say, "CONGRATS"

Remember, everything in His time and in His way.

9/30/2006 02:11:00 AM  

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