I knew it was coming, but I had not known it would be last night.
I arrived for the meeting of the Glory of the Most High Fraternity when I was told it would take place. I was asked if I wanted to take this next step. I said yes, though in my heart I wondered if I was worthy, if I was living the Franciscan vocation well enough in my daily life, if I was truly being a person of prayer and penance.
We had a brief ceremony, with Scripture readings, and then I was presented with a Tau Cross to wear and a copy of The Rule.
I will be a Candidate for the next 18 to 36 months now, after which I will be able to profess.
It is wonderful - joyful - frightening - because of all that it entails.
This is not just joining a club.
This is not just a social activity.
When I profess, this will be a commitment to a Gospel way of life in a Catholic Order. This is a vocation. This is life-long. In all that I do and say I will be a witness for the Church, for Franciscans.
Father, be with me. Give me the strength I need.
Pax et bonum