Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Countdown started

Well, it is now about time to start the countdown...

Nine days until I will go to Limerick to start the 5 day retreat as introduction to the start of the Noviciate with the Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) on the 14th when I receive the habit.

The noviciate is a year in which the Dominican order and myself will see if God calls me to the perticular vocation of religious life, and maybe in particular the priesthood. It will be a year of prayer, reflection, a bit of study and decernment.

I will be another few days home and must say that I get a bit anxious. Sometimes it is hard to see the way that is traced out before me, and sometimes I don't think I am doing the right thing. We have to trust however on God's plan, and trust His plan to be the best and to do the best to follow it.

The last years have been very exciting, and having a true relation with God really makes life one big adventure (and not a boring novel :) ). It hurts sometimes, and sometimes it is very difficult to do what is good instead of what I what the flesh wants to do, but it is worth it.

It is like clearing out the garden here at home. There was a piece of the garden which was kind of taken over by the forest, and we cleared it out. Hard work, and not always nice (being stung, bitten and scratched), but the result is a clear/clean space, and all the effort we put in was really worth it!

The same with our own purification. It sometimes hurts, but the result is that we get a clearer vision of what is good and what is bad, and appriciate the beauty of life! There is always joy, and although I have done a lot of things that were fun and pleasurable, they didn't give me this deep routed feeling of joy after some difficulties or when doing to right things!

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