Tuesday, February 14, 2012
God willing, at about this time tomorrow, I will be with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows in Beaverton, Oregon. I ask for your prayers for the train ride, the time with the community, and my mind (needs focusing).
If one is discerning a vocation, there may be curve balls thrown that God allows. I received discouragement, schedule mishaps, and distractions in the city. After all of that, I am still going to Oregon. I heard a beautiful homily yesterday from a Dominican friar. Yesterday was the Dominican feast day of Bl. Jordan of Saxony who was the second master of the Dominican Order after Holy Father Dominic.
The priest mentioned that as the lay faithful that we have responsibilities: to support those discerning a vocation, to pray for vocations, and to not discourage young men and women from following God's call. I loved the homily!
So, why do I mention Dominicans all the time? Shouldn't Eileen think about becoming a Dominican? Well, I did in the past, but God called me somewhere else. Besides, if God calls me to be a Franciscan, then I will still celebrate most of the Dominican feast days. In the Franciscan Order, Dominic and Francis are called Holy Father. Two begging friars started something big....and I thank God for that.
By the way, the community I am discerning with accepts women up to age 49.