A warm welcome to all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, and welcome to my very first blog entry…I hope this finds you well. The last few weeks have bestowed many blessings on me as I continue my discernment with the Norbertines at Daylesford Abbey. I entered the Novitiate a few weeks ago during the feast of St. Augustine, receiving the white habit and the constitutions of our Order. Now, I begin my class work with the Norbertine Fathers and will continue these studies throughout the canonical year. One class will focus on Norbertine history and the life of St. Norbert and the other class will delve into all things St. Augustine from whom our rule comes. I seriously recommend the reading of “Augustine of Hippo”, a biography by author Peter Brown if you’re interested in learning more about this iconic and influential saint. I would like to share with you what St. Augustine says about the gift of persevering, for this is a key concept into the pursuance of any religious vocation. St. Augustine says that through perseverance we are joined forever with the divine and can take solace in knowing that God will protect us from all that the world can throw at us (Brown 407). I find this phrase so comforting and reassuring, especially in times of self-doubt or times when I’m needing strength both physically and spiritually. Although I’ve been actively pursuing my vocation to the priesthood with the Norbertines for a few years now, I’m actually at the beginning of my spiritual journey and pray that God will continue to provide me with this gift as I head into the future with my new family. God Bless!
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