girding this confusing mix was my
The first door opens
admiration for the works and words
of Jesus and the disturbing echo of
an invitation i had heard long before:
“Come, follow me.”
Little did i know how my choice
to enter the convent would lead to a
series of doors to worlds beyond my
Although i began to clear the necessary hurdles, including family opposition and friends’ amazement, there
was one i couldn’t overcome: My
father suffered a stroke on the same
July day that saw me tracking down
the required black oxfords on the
list of garments i needed to bring. i
Little did I know
how my choice
to enter the convent
would lead to a series
of doors to worlds
beyond my imaginings.
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remained at home that year, helping
to care for and comfort him as best i
could. i became involved in a parish
youth group. My social life pushed
convent thoughts back behind the
door that had once invited “enter.”
Then, with the approach of another
July, i received a letter reminding me
i had applied for and then postponed
the process of entering the sisters
of Mercy. The letter insisted i owed
Reverend Mother the courtesy of my
“What should i do?” i wailed
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