I’ve been in the process of getting it together to live in the monastery once again. Changes to my diet and lifestyle, which included losing weight and gaining muscle weight. Which so far, is 22 pounds.
God surprised me with an incredible GIFT this week! Acceptance into postulancy.
There were lots of hugs and whooping and hollering last night at LF's. :) I was so happy, I cried in JOY all the way home last night.
Today, it hit me around noon, that as soon as my debt is paid off, I can enter. Nothing's holding me back except my debt. To which I am feverishly paying off.
There are still two hurdles to overcome:
- Acceptance into the Mater Ecclesiae grant program. I think I find out somewhere near the 1st of March. So, please continue to pray for that.
- And paying off my $11K debt and selling my van.
To God be the Glory for the things HE has Done!
I would not be writing these posts if He had not beckoned me back to Him.
My rent has been cut in half. So, that is a blessing. And, I’ve paid off (with the help of many) $10,169! Which is a lot. Considering that I took the advice of my spiritual director and began to ask people to help me only back in June 2011, in only 7 months.
If, God willing, I receive the Mater Ecclesiae grant, and none unforeseeable expenses pop up, my budget has me entering sometime in June 2012. I have to be okay with whatever God’s timetable is for me.
If you have the means, and are able, please help me get to the monastery sooner rather than later. And pray for God’s will to be done. I need prayer partners just as much as I need financial help.
Prayer is what gets things done. Exodus 17:8-13.
I am beginning my nine novena on Sunday, Feb 5, in Thanksgiving for ALL that He has done in my life, and to beg for a financial miracle to erase my debt. Join in with me and the communion of saints. It will end on April 25, the Feast day of St. Mark, Evangelist!
1st novena: St. Catherine of Siena. February 5th through February 13th.
O marvelous wonder of the Church, seraphic virgin, Saint Catharine, because of your extraordinary virtue and the immense good which you accomplished for the Church and society, you are acclaimed and blessed by all people. Oh, turn your benign countenance to me who, confident of your powerful patronage, calls upon you with all the ardor of affection and begs you to obtain, by your prayer, the favors I so ardently desire.
You, who were a victim of charity, who in order to benefits your neighbor obtained from God the most stupendous miracles and became the joy and the hope of all, you cannot help but hear the prayers of those who fly into your heart - that heart which you received from the Divine Redeemer in a celestial ecstasy.
Yes, O seraphic virgin, demonstrate once again proof of you power and of your flaming charity, so that your name will be ever more blessed and exalted; grant that we, having experienced your most efficacious intercession here on earth, may come one day to thank you in heaven and enjoy eternal happiness with you. Amen.