I have permission to post an update here every now and again. I wanted to say thank you to those who have remembered me, and apologise that I have not been able to respond individually since I entered. We are in the Easter Octave now and have all kinds of permissions including licence to speak to each other - but it's funny how little there seems to say when we actually are allowed to speak! I will be Skyping my family as soon as I can line up the time zones, and finally we can do correspondence again, with lots of permissions during this particular time of rejoicing.
bernadette_d - thank you for your Easter card - so lovely. maxy - thank you for your card when I entered - it seems like so long ago and yet it has only been 3 months.
As for the Clothing - that probably won't happen until June or July, God willing that the sisters aren't sick of me by then. Mother and I discussed an early Clothing but in the end it just seemed like a better idea not to have to take on any additional responsibilities at this time. As a postulant, I don't have any duties in choir (like cantor or reader) and I am not on the Board of Offices for any duties like Mass Reader or Offertory or Eucharistic Minister (for the Precious Blood) or Refectory Reader or even the Domestic Office (cleaning the toilets). Once I am clothed, then I will start taking my fair share of all these duties. For now, I am already responsible for the Printing Office and the website/blog and I assist in the Provisory, help with laundry and dishes and have several 'sweeps' to do each week. It is unusual for a postulant to be given as much responsibility as I have (and not to mention trust) but Mother felt that my age and experience required a different approach to the postulancy than the one that is usual for younger entrants. That is one of the beautiful things about this community - so full of common sense and sisterly love. We may not have the beautiful old monastery or the glamour of location (we are just a large house in a middle class suburb) but we have so much love for Jesus and for each other. The spirit of Carmel is so alive here.
Right now, one of the cats is trying to walk over the keyboard - sorry. I have asked two of the sisters to write up little biographies of our two cats for the blog (with photos of course) and just after a sister and I had finished looking at suitable photos of our ginger cat, he waltzed into the office and demanded some attention! He is very charming and difficult to resist.
It is nearly time for Midday Prayer now, so I will have to sign off, but I will try to post again sometime over the next two days, as they are 'little feasts' (holidays) and there is usually more time for personal things. Once again though, thank you to everyone here - for your concern and all your prayers. Today I offered my Holy Communion for the intentions of all phatmassers, especially you here on VS.
Actually my name in religion is Sr Teresa not Sr Annie, but since I only signed Nunsense, I can understand a slight confusion In this Carmel, we are given our name in relgion as soon as we enter... I am Sister Teresa of the Cross.
I can access the website using this http://www.carmelite...hampton.org.uk/ but I have noticed that some pages are very slow to load while others are faster. If you go through the blogsite first and then choose the menu options on the side for the website, you can access it - but I will have to take some time to find out why the pages are loading so slowly - must be some extra code that is not needed. I do have google analytics on it and that might be slowing it up. Anyway, it does load - but not quickly. Sorry for that.
I haven't really looked at the website in awhile as I have spent most of my time on the blog. The sisters here have now been given permission to view the website and blog online, and they have developed more of an interest in helping me out now. One sister brought all these quotes to me so that I can carry on with the 'Ask a Saint' series, and one sister has written a little bio about one of our cats - with photos! Another sister is now going to do the second cat as well. Our chaplain has agreed to do a little bio of himself as well so it will definitely become more of a community blog than just a Sr Teresa blog. That makes me very happy! I think the sisters have so much to offer to others, and this is one way they can do it without leaving the enclosure.
We are having a party tonight so I have to go but will try to get back online tomorrow as it is still a holiday then. Happy Easter everyone. And to close - a little quote from Saint Teresa that one of the sisters brought to me today... and remember that Jesus is saying this to all of us.
“ I would create the universe again just to hear you say that you love Me.”
Dear all - can't write much now but will try to get online later during free time. Sorry about the website link - I will try to work on that today - it works for me so I don't know what the problem is for others - maybe it is an international thing?? Anyway, will check it out.
Also, the quote about St Teresa came from the YouCat (the new Catechism that came out in small booklet form). I don't know if it is a UK thing or if it is International. But I wanted to source it myself, so if anyone wants to research both that quote and the one that everyone knows but no one seems to be able to source -- 'Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few of them.' Both of these are highly quoted but no one ever gives the source. And to search through her letters would take forever. I have uploaded some of her works and am using a database search on them, but so far no joy. But if the YouCat is using it - they must feel it is pretty reliable (or else they are just sloppy - who knows? )