Aw shucks, you guys make me blush!
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.
Much love in Christ Jesus, our Risen Lord.