As first year novices we spend quite a bit of time learning, reading, and praying about our three vows. So far, I have focused more of my time outside class on the vows of poverty and chastity. It has been a great blessing to deepen my understanding of God’s call for me to live in intimate union with Him – loving Him before all others and above all else, and seeing everything (and everyone) else as a gift from Him. I have been able to recognize more His great love for me in the gift of my vocation and all the many gifts He gives me each day of my life.
That was a rather long introduction to the point of this post. I am supposed to be writing about a Lenten grace. When I was praying about how God was calling me to fast and pray this Lent, He seemed to be saying, “Okay, what are you waiting for? It’s time to think about that third vow.” So I resolved to focus on Obedience for this time of Lent. It seemed simple enough to me – just do what my superiors asked, follow the order of the day, and be cheerful while doing it. If I really wanted a challenge I could even make myself available to do things that my co-sisters asked, even though I didn’t really have to. By doing all of this I could more closely imitate Christ in His obedience to the Father.