HERE ARE A FEW WORDS THAT I MENTIONED AT OUR SHORT CLOTHING CEREMONY THIS MORNING……

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Sr. Scholastica

you have now been with us for 7 months in which you have had the chance to think and pray about your vocation – you have got to know us and we have got to know you. In your discernment you have asked to be clothed as a Benedictine Novice so today is a very special day twice over it is not only a great feast day of All Saints of our order, but also it has been chosen as your clothing day. When a new comer comes to the monastery asking for entrance, St. Benedict wants to make sure that they know what they are in for and that it is not an easy life, he asks that, ‘is the person really seeking God, if they are eager for the work of God, for obedience and for humiliations. You have found it anything but easy but you are also asking to continue your journey and this journey consist primarily in ‘Seeking God’s will’ not your own, hopefully the two will correspond.
A Benedictine vocation is a vocation within a vocation and is directly moulded by living the common life both in choir and by observance.
Today is a Benedictine feast and so it is fitting that you have a Benedictine saint for your new name. A change of name is a sign of dying to your old way of life and being born again in a new life something similar to our Baptism and confirmation when the holy spirit comes upon us. So dear sister, Scholastica, receive this name and draw strength and courage from Benedict’s sister and love this little rule for beginner’s, receive the habit and wear it with love being eager to run in the way of the Lord’s commands.

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