I'm going to the convent.
Yes, at long last, it seems to be happening for real. I obtained permission from the Voice Of Reason and Prudence (my spiritual director, as you may remember from my last post on the subject) to enter the Sisters of St. Thomas Aquinas on January 6th, Feast of Epiphany and also my parents' wedding anniversary. This past week has been full of sorting through the accumulation of things in my room, agonizing over who should get which of my beloved books, buying many white oxford blouses, among other things, and trying to process the fact that I am almost certainly going. One stipulation which the aforementioned Voice made when granting me permission (he is so very brilliant, that Voice) was that I visit these two Sisters who do charity work in Boston first, so on Monday I will be making yet another plane flight to yet another part of the country to visit yet another group of Sisters. I am very lucky. I always loved traveling, and I have been able to do quite a lot of it in this past year! It's a nice gesture from Our Lord, I think, to let me get in so much traveling before I am consecrated to Him and bound to stay, perhaps, in the same place for the rest of my life. (Of course, I may do more traveling as a Sister than I ever have in the world -- God likes to have His little jokes like that, making me think I'm stationary for good and then moving me all over the place. We shall see.)
|This is the church, Our Lady of the Sun, seen from the side.|
It's rather unbelievable that I shall be "Sr. Victoria" in a little less than a month. My mind does a double take when I see that spelled out, it seems so unreal. But I cannot wait. I'm looking forward to everything -- even wearing multiple layers under the Arizonian sun. I can't wait to be anxious that my veil's on straight, that I'm following protocol correctly, that I'm doing well in my classes. I can't wait for Arizona's strange and foreign appearance waiting for me each morning at 6:30, for Daily Mass, the entire Rosary, obligatory silence, and the Divine Office.
|This is one of the gates to the convent building, seen from the inside. I love the gates and the ironwork because they make is seem so much more cloister-y.|
Oh yes -- and I have heard from others that sometimes one must delete her social media accounts before entering a convent, so... I may end up having to delete Sunlight and Shadow. I don't know yet, nobody's said anything, but just so you know. It may happen.
Happy feast of St. Lucy, by the way!
|Arizona as seen from the entrance to the convent.|