I’ve been on the edge of the monastic world for more than 25 years, and I think it’s time to take the plunge. At the end of this week, I leave for a “vocational retreat” with a Benedictine community in New Mexico. Ora pro me.
Addendum As it happened, heavy snow in Denver bollixed up my plans to visit the Benedictines in Abiquiu. Fortunately, I was able to arrange a last-minute trip to the Cistercians in Wisconsin. I think I’m in love. Seriously, the retreat went well enough that I’ve been in correspondence with them about the next step. Ora pro me.
Update, Fall 2009 I entered the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank back in July, and I’m now several months into my postulancy. I’m still not 100% clear that this really should be my vocational path, but I’m very glad I came, and pending greater clarity I am continuing the process. We haven’t set a date for me to be clothed as a novice, but that should be in the not-too-distant future.