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Life as a Franciscan Novice

October 10, 2008

Well, I thought I’d answer some of your questions regarding the Novitiate that were posted as a comment on another post. Here is the post by “Pladdermussen”:

“What you study, your insights, problems you stumble across and how you choose to solve them… we are many readers out here who are most interested in knowing about the novitiate formation life!”

Well, that is a fair question and I’ll answer it as best as I can.

Right now I’m studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Two sections that we’re going through are the section on prayer and life in Christ. It is very interesting. Also I have a class on Sacred Scripture and right now we’re up to the book of Wisdom. Another assignment while in this canonical year of the Novitiate is to read a book and write a paper on each of our Patron Saints. I just finished a book(written in 1908) about St. Paschal Baylon and have started to write the paper. I enjoy this sort of writing.

As far as insights and/or problems, suffice it to say that I have plenty of both but as of this moment couldn’t put them into words. I’ll try to work on that.(as I am a private person that way)

Thank you for the suggestions and I’m going to make more of an effort to write in this vein in the future.

God bless!
Sister Veronica OSF

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Denise permalink
    October 10, 2008 7:05 pm

    That is understandable that your problems are hard to put into words. I couldn’t have said it better myself. (Not that I would know about religious life, since I’ve never experienced it but I can imagine.) One problem I had today is that my lunch friend proceeded to express her political views which are so offensive to me and I felt intimidated and confused and didn’t know what to say. I was watching EWTN the other day and someone on there said that California is busy passing laws that are contrary to the Catholic church. They are surely right and makes me feel so bad. I pray every day for the unborn, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bumper stickers for pro choice candidates and quite a few people I know are very liberal.

  2. Staci Dominick permalink
    December 13, 2008 8:57 am

    Dear Sister Veronica:

    It is such a pleasure to hear how you are enjoying your life as a novice. It must be so rewarding. I imagine also that studying about the different patron saints and catechism is powerful as it deepens your faith and understanding of God’s teachings. If I would have known before I got married, then I would have not gotten married but entered into the convent. However, one cannot change there choices in life. I read your comment about how life in the convent seems to allow you to realize how noisy life outside can be at times. You are so right those of us outside do not take enough time to reflect upon God and or remain silent enough to listen to his words or answers. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading more from you.

    God Bless you my sister in Christ, Merry Christmas!

    Staci Dominick

  3. December 13, 2008 4:22 pm

    Hello Staci,

    I’m so glad that you found our blog.

    Thank you so much for the warm wishes and Christmas greetings. I hope you are finding some time to sit and reflect upon God’s goodness during this most holy season.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed Advent, Christmas, and New Year.

    God bless, Sister Veronica

  4. Staci Dominick permalink
    December 13, 2008 6:52 pm

    Sister Veronica, I am glad that I have found your community’s blog also. Now, I can read about how your life in the community is progressing. My dear friend, how is your health? I am sending you a surprise for your accomplishment of achieving novice status. I am aware of how good God is to me at this very moment. I am at present nursing a broken foot. I fell down the steps and broke my ankle in three places. I have had surgery and also will have rehab after six weeks of a walking cast which I will get next week. Right now I am using a wheelchair and walker to get around. This time has made me realize what a wonderful family God has given me. My mom, dad, and dale have been taking good care of me. They are such a blessing. I also am aware of what a blessing it is to have the gift of walking. I have had time to reflect on what it is like for those who cannot walk (especially Lenni). Life is such a struggle but obstacles can be overcome if you just believe in God and pray that he will deliver you. God is so very amazing. I have wondered what reason my broken foot may have as in what lesson I am to learn from it. I believe I have figured it out. As you know, Advent and Christmas time is a difficult time for me as I had my hysterectomy around this time of year. I usually don’t like to go out much because it is difficult for me to see mother’s with their children and or nuclear families in general. However, I have ventured out to do my Christmas shopping this year. I have learned from God that he has intended this injury to be a lesson in not focusing on the negative aspects in my life but rejoicing in the positives and just enjoy my life. I am planning on doing just that when my foot heals. I am working with OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) and will begin my CNA training sometime in January. I am so looking forward to it. I have finally found my calling in this world. Sometimes, I have to admit I still feel as if I meant for something greater. Perhaps, I am just meant to share my life story with others as a testament to God’s glory. Well, I believe I have rambled enough for now.

    God’s blessings to you and all at the community.

    your sister in Christ

    Staci Dominick

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