Dear Friends, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
This Friday, on the feast day of Saint Joan of Arc, one of my favorite saints, I will be receiving the Franciscan habit and, following the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi, will become a religious as a novice with the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. Novitiate is meant to be a beautifully ascetical and contemplative year, in greater solitude, wherein one’s interior life with God, growing in the spiritual life, is the focus, and wherein great inner-transformation and growth are the goal; spending one year away from many forms of technology and in deeper prayer, contemplation, and the study of Franciscan spirituality.
I will not be blogging for the year, but do encourage you to return to the Web site for the various features and articles that are available. Most importantly, I ask for your prayers this year as I pursue the vocation of a Franciscan friar and priest. It is a great honor to pursue this call, and one of great responsibility before the Lord; may I be able to faithfully follow where He leads me. I am so grateful to Him, and to our beloved Mother, Mary, who have led me to the gift of religious life. May God bless you, friends, and Our Lady protect you!
“Fear nothing. Go forward, and God will prepare the way.”
– Saint Joan of Arc