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However, I know most of them who wouldn't take a very mature 20 yeared-old lady because of her age, even if she's been through a lot and is ready for the religious life.
What I don't understand is that Traditional Orders are harsher and take younger girls, and more fragile I suppose. Whereas post-Vatican II communities that tend to be lax take older women who could have lost a bit of their fervour and however can better cope with harshness. So contradictory...
I made up my mind: choosing older people is just SILLY. Youth brings a lot to a community: it lasts longer, it brings enthusiasm, laughter, joy, and beautiful voices!!! Not this horror you can find in some ageing communities...
JReducation, Thank you SOOOO MUCH for your French post!! Excellent French you've got!!
Bonjour! Je suis un Prêtre canadien français qui habite au centre du pays, dans les prairies. Nous pourrions dire un Père du désert spirituel dans lequel nous vivons, non? Tu (vous me permettez de vous tutoyez?Merci) cherches un Oasis de Paix et de Vérité comme chacun de nous qui veut être fidèle à notre appel. Pourtant, pendant la sécheresse, il faut approfondir ses racines dans ce désert...et puiser l'Eau vive de la Source profonde. Rappelles-toi la semence, devenue une plante, qui a été désséché avec les rayons du soleil de l'épreuve, dans la parabole du Semeur. Je tenais à rédiger quelques paroles en français vu que cela te plaît. (Hello, I am a French Canadian Priest from Canada who lives in the centre of the country, in the prairy region. One could say, a Desert Father in the spiritual desert in which we live, no?You(you allow me to use informal speech to address you with?Thank you!)are seeking out an Oasis of Peace and Truth as we all are, all those seeking to be faithful to our calling in life. However, during a time of aridity, we must deepen our roots in this desert-draw from the Living Water that flows down deep. Remember the seed that, once a plant, shriveled and died, for lack of deep roots when the time of drought came or when the rays from the sun of tribulation overcame it. I decided to write a few lines in French seeing as it pleases you so much.)
Remember the lives of the Saints who spent time in the world, helping their family bisnuess, doing works of charity, penance and sacrifice, all the while in correspondance with a Spiritual Director. Nothing is wasted, nor time, nor grace. The only time wasted is that not given to God. All is preparation and formation for you. It is easy to get caught up in the question: Why won't they take me now??? I asked myself the same question until I realized: the Lord takes you now, as you are. Relax. Be at peace. Ask yourself, what does the Lord want me to do now? The Lord and Our Lady will open the doors to a Community for you, when the times comes, if that is God's Will.
What have the traditional communities that appeal to you suggested you do in the mean time?...In there a lay association, a Third Order, or any way to participate in their prayer life and works all the same? In any case, find a Spiritual Director and a chapel of a Convent or Monastery or a place where there is Eucharistic Adoration to deepen your roots and ask Priests, Religious and lay people with spiritual insight for good spiritual reading that could help you. I am praying for you and I am here if I can be of any help.
Fr. Dominic La Fleur