A Fond Farewell...
Today is the big day. I do not often make prayer requests via the blog, but now would seem to be an appropriate time to ask for prayers both for myself and my novice class. Today, I am off to the Jesuit novitiate in Grand Coteau, LA. Unfortunately, it looks as though I will not be able to continue writing here, as our novice master is concerned that it would take away from our formation as Jesuits. I would tend to agree with his concern, and even if I didn't, I would still respect his opinion with obedience.
If it happens that this is still up and running by the end of the novitiate (2 yrs.), I may come back if fj'll have me. At any rate, perhaps she can post up an update or two on my progress, as she gets them. I have most definitely enjoyed myself here, and spouting off my many and varied opinions. God willing, in two years time I'll be saying these words:
Almighty and eternal God, I understand how unworthy I am in Your Divine sight.
Yet I am strenghthened by Your infinite compassionand mercy,
and I am moved by the desire to serve You.
I vow to Your Divine Majesty,
before the most holy Virgin Mary and the entire heavenly court,
perpetual poverty, chastity, and obedience
in the Society of Jesus.
I promise that I will enter this same Society to spend my life in it forever.
I understand all these things according to the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus.
Therefore, by Your boundless goodness and mercy
and through the Blood of Jesus Christ,
I humbly ask that You judge this total commitment of myself acceptable;
and, as You have freely given me
the desire to make this offering,
so also may You give me the abundant grace to fulfill it.
St. Ignatius de Loyola, patron of Jesuits and founder of the Society, pray for us.
St. Stanislaus Kostka, patron of Jesuit novices, pray for us.
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and of us all, pray for us.
+Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam+
"I prefer the servants of God to stand out in virtue rather than in number, and to be distinguished more by deeds than by an honorable name."
-St. Ignatius de Loyola, SJ