What Next?


 

Having experienced a Cloister Day, a young woman may wish to explore the Poor Clare vocation further by applying to do a LIVE-IN EXPERIENCE with the Community. This consists in a twelve-day stay with the Community participating in all that makes up the Poor Clare way of life. This is always an enriching experience which leads to further clarity on the question about whether or not God is calling her to this particular way of life.

A further extended period of six months, called the ASPIRANCY is recommended in order to further clarify the call. After this, a decision is made to apply to join the Community as a postulant or to explore other avenues. 




God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.        

Bl John Henry Newman