[quote="PhilomenaJohn2, post:16, topic:229074"]
Thank you again! I am in my last semester, so it was a sunk cost at this point:rolleyes: It seemed prudent to graduate for several reasons- not the least of which are the parents! But mainly, I knew that with my degree, I could have access to jobs which would let me pay everything back within a year or two, whereas without it, it would take much longer. I'm def open to Divine Intervention, but I didn't want to presume a miracle when perhaps He wanted to test my persistance or something like that. (I think He made Edith Stein wait 12 years before she was allowed to enter)
I've asked for St. Joseph's help, and he must be busy bc more and more people at my church have been approaching me about my vocation. (I think I got adopted by a couple of Franciscan sisters here, and they've been storming heaven with prayers:D) I'll have to add St. Nicholas to my prayers, but that makes a lot of sense!
Your daughter is blessed to have such a supportive family! How long has she been in Valparaiso? (And how did she find out about it? I'm in Iowa now, but my family lives in Omaha)
First of all, what you say about finishing your degree at this point makes perfect sense.
Are your parents supportive of your vocation, PhilomenaJohn2? When our daughter graduated from the University of Dallas in 2001, we told her she could live at home without paying us room and board if she would use that opportunity to pay down her student loans. Neither she nor we had any idea of her vocation at that point, but we would have financed her education if we could. Since we could not, this was one way to make it up to her. And as a very pleasant side benefit of this offer, we had her living at home with us for the next six years, which were glorious. She taught at her old middle school/highschool for those years, but we were on her case to pursue higher studies of some sort, since she had the brains for it.
At one point I had told her that the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are geared toward choosing a state in life, so when she saw that the Miles Christi Fathers were offering an abbreviated version of the Exercises at a local Jesuit Retreat House, she took the opportunity. In the meantime, she had been accepted at the John Paul Institue in Washington D.C. for graduate studies, with a full ride. So when the retreat master asked her in conference why she was doing this, she didn't really have a good reason other than mom and dad thought it was a good idea. He asked her if she had ever considered becoming a nun.. She had. He ssuggested that she look into Valparaiso. First she checked out the Cistercians in Dubuque. She made a trip out to Valparaiso in the Fall of 2006, but there was something about that long wall that runs along the driveway that she found very offputting, that and the Latin. For a long time she was interested in the Poor Clares. Finally in winter of 2007 she drove out to Valparaiso again from Chicago, and when she came back home she wrote and asked to be admitted. She entered in early August of 2007, and made simple profession in June of 2009She is very happy there.
As for being supportive, from our standpoint this is simply glorious. So many graces have come to us, and so many more are implied, that it would be very short-sighted of us to be anything but grateful. What more could we want than to go to Heaven and find our daughter there? If by the grace of God she perseveres, that is where we will find her. On the other hand, how dumb it would be to resist the Holy Spirit, to place obstacles in the way of Jesus Christ taking her as His bride. At 67 yrs of age I have seen several instances where people have done this, and it has not brought blessings down on their heads, one could safely say. Not at all. For my sins I have experienced enough chastisements, and am not in the market for any more, believe me.
No, there are definitely graces and blessings that come from supporting vocations, and because we are avid for these, we do what we can. Naturally we would pray for you, too, PhilomenaJohn2 but honestly that probably won't happen unless we have a name that we believe is your real first name, and not a nom de plume.
Since you are in Iowa, have you ever been out to New Melleray, the Cistercian monastery 12 miles southwest of Dubuque? That's worth a visit, but if you can't get there, you might look at their website. There they have a place where you can make a prayer request. Ask them to remember you in their prayers and Masses that you will be able to enter contemplative life. They know the value of such a life, and will surely remember you.