Us girls found ourselves pulled into singing for the mass which didn't please me very much since we had to practice for about 3 hours, and I can't sing in the first place. Alicia's voice AFTER 3 hours of practice is really not fun to listen to. She probably would have done better without a choir! It ended up fine since several singers showed up last minute. We had a harp, violins, cello, and Lizzy played the flute. It was gorgeous!
The weekend was very busy but very happy. I am so amazed at Nicole's willingness to sacrifice everything to give her life completely to serving Christ. She is so happy too-the happiest I've ever seen her in her entire life! I was thinking about why it's so hard to find young people willing to even consider the religious life, and I think it's because--First, we don't trust that God loves us unconditionally and desires that we have happiness even more than we ever dreamed. Second, Today we're constantly absorbing all this "ME" stuff. We don't know what real love and sacrifice are any more. It's easy to view God as someone watching from above but from quite a distance away. He lives His life and we live ours. When in reality, God never forgets each one of us, not even for an instance. He waits for us to run to Him (just like the prodicgal son--I constantly have to:), and give our lives over to Him completely regardless of what our vocation in life is. He is our loving Father. :)
I already miss my Sr. Catherine! :( BUT she gets to come home for a week-long visit! So it's all good, and we'll have plenty of time to make up for years of lost arguments. ;) juuuuuuuust kidding nicole!