This evening I was formally accepted into candidacy with the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The program was beautiful and touching. I feel very loved by this community and it is very humbling. It’s a bit overwhelming, really. I managed to hold off the tears until the end, when I received a congratulatory hug from the vocations director, and then I couldn’t keep it in any longer. It’s hard to express the gratitude I feel to have reached this point. Nine years to get here and it’s really only the beginning.
Today we also celebrate the feast of Christ the King and so I know that this day, in fact, belongs to God and not to me. I feel blessed to have found this community, led here by God, and my heart is open to whatever lies ahead.