I have now been in the order for a little over 2 months and what a journey I have been on! It is amazing how much one can go through upon entering a new place and being introduced to new experiences.
Fr. Gould mentioned to my Mom a few weeks ago that there is only 1 Catholic Priest that has been made a saint, however with religious there are many. At first I was incredulous, however, after living in this life, I can totally see how if one perseveres there are many opportunities to reach the heights of sanctity. There are many different people living in community, and each has a differenct personality and sometimes they can rub you the wrong way, which takes time and patience to learn to deal with and prayer to love them all the more. I can only imagine how crazy I make some of them with my weird idiosyncricies! =)
As one brother once told me when I was annoyed one day. "There are saints and there are saint-makers"... How True!!! =) I hope that I am a saint and not a saint maker!
I must say that this life is absolutely wonderful.. don't get me wrong, sometimes I wish I was back home in my comfort zone. However, this life is truly great, my brothers are good men all trying to serve and love the Lord and my life is one filled with prayer, joy, peace, and happiness. I have had mystical experiences and close encounters with the Lord here and I hope that God will continue to bless my vocation and help me to persevere to the Novitiate House in LeRoy, NY next year.
May Our Lady of Divine Mercy Bless you!