Young Women of Good Intention

I’m going to ask a favor of my readers who pray, to keep the intentions of a few young women in their prayers, particularly for the next week.

First up, Elder Son’s Sweet Girlfriend. This kid has been going to grad school full time (and earning all-A’s) while working full time, and managing to pull it all off as she commutes between two states. Last semester was an absolute killer, but she never gave up. Now, it looks like she may have an opportunity to snag a much-desired assistant’s job on campus that will save her thousands of dollars in tuition and cut out the thrice-weekly commutes. Need I say she is really hoping that she wins one of the few coveted assistant posts. The competition is fierce, but believe me when I say Sweetie is deserving -her goal in life is not riches, but to help people who are having a hard time of it- and I feel lonely in my prayers for her, so please join me!

From my own family to my “Benedictine” family…

St. Benedict is called “The Father of Western Monasticism” and his Holy Rule has been attracting men and women (consecrated and lay, alike) to follow his path for over 1500 years. Laboring in what Benedict calls “the school of love”, these young women -having taken early steps in monastic life and found it delightful- are asking for more.

Kansas Catholic chronicles the stirring and ancient rite as Sr. Maria Concordia of the Heart of Jesus, OSB, follows her older “sister-in-religion, within the community of the Benedictines of Mary, and joyfully pronounces the triple Benedictine sucipe (“accept me, Lord, as thou has promised, and I shall truly live!”) and makes her first vows.

The newly professed sister was swiftly followed by four postulants who left behind the beauty of their wedding finery and worldly things to have their hair shorn . . .

A Novice’s hair is usually presented to her mother, after her clothing in the habit

. . . and their clothing choices severely limited to Benedictine Black-and-White habits, for the rest of their lives, if all goes well.

Cap and Wimple, before the Veil

Sisters Philomena, Columba, Concordia, Assumpta and Jean-Marie

Kansas Catholic has tons of really excellent photos here, here here and here. The church building is recently restored, and very lovely.

Taking a clue from their Christmas Newsletter (pdf), it looks like this fast-growing (and very “old-school Benedictine”) community now boasts a postulant, seven white-veiled novices (three others were clothed in ’09) and fourteen simply or solemnly professed sisters. Hopefully their CD sales will help them build the roomy monastery they clearly will need and are planning for.

Finally, Ane Kirstine, whose moving meditation some may remember, has now formally entered St. Joseph’s Monastery as a Passionist postulant, and the blogmistress at St. Joseph says she is “in her veil and jumper,” as she begins her postulant year.

All of these young women, whether living secular or religious lives, are working very hard, and with great dedication, discipline and love, to move forward in what they believe to be their vocations; all of them are all about helping others, either through “visible” or “invisible” means. Please pray for them all, that they may persevere in their callings.

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  • Mimsy

    Praying for Sweetie! Be sure to let us know how things turn out…

  • Fr. Steve

    God bless them and let’s pray that the good turn in vocations continues!

  • Mutnodjmet

    Anchoress: I will be delighted to pray for the success of ES’s sweet girlfriend. I am already praying for the success of the young adults in my life — my nephew and step-daughter. These times are especially challenging for all young people during critical phases in their lives. Keep us posted.

  • Carol

    Have you read a book called “I leap over the wall” by Monica Baldwin? It was published in 1948 and I’m almost certain Rumer Godden read it before writing “Brede”. Miss Baldwin realized after 20 years in a Benedictine monastery that she didn’t have a vocation and so she left, properly and with all permissions and approvals. I’m in the middle of it right now and it’s a fascinating mix of how things were in the monastery and how things then were in war-time England for someone who had been completely out of touch with the world for decades.

    My point to this is, yes, it’s a wonderful thing if these young ladies “persevere” if they really have vocations, but it’s a really horrifying idea to think of them persevering, simply for the sake of perseverance, if they DON’T have a vocation. Seems like prayers should simply be for God’s will rather than for “perseverance.” And if they don’t end up really having a vocation to religious life, and they leave, that too should be an occasion for rejoicing as they find their true and proper path.

    [Yes, you are right -admin]

  • The Sanity Inspector

    …many nuns are truly unknown and unsung heroes. In any case, I think I’ve noticed a crude and imperfect but serviceable way to judge which women’s religious communities work, are constructive and faithful, and which are not. The more old-fashioned the habit, the more Catholic the nun. The more distinctive the dress, the more removed from the world, and the more faithful. A nun in a veil probably prays; a nun in a two-piece suit with nothing on her head but a gray crewcut is somewhat more likely to be thinking of spirit winds and new ways to refer to Jesus as “she”.
    – Peggy Noonan, John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father, 2005

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  • Mark

    Sister Concordia? Is she a Lutheran nun?

  • M.A.

    Is one of these beautiful girls the “star” of the short films you posted before Christmas? The girl on the left, dressed in he bridal finery looks so much like the “sister” in the WWII film who had found her vocation.

    [No, they are different girls - admin]

  • Genevieve

    Prayers for Sweetie and many many thanks for your songs, pictures, stories, on your blog that remind us to keep the faith!! We are not alone!!!!!

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