What Joy!

St. Augustine once wrote, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”  

It is with great joy that one of my fellow The Labouré Society aspirants from the Winter class crossed the cloister threshold and entered Bethlehem Monastery of Poor Clares in Virginia.  Here is the announcement from her community the day after she entered:

The sparrow herself finds a home
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars,
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

They are happy, who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.

We sang these touching words of Psalm 84 as our communion antiphon today at Holy Mass.  They are springtime words, perfect for March, perfect for Lent.  Right now, the air is cold on Mt. St. Francis, but the sun shines more brightly and if you lift your face to its rays, you can feel its reviving warmth.  The birds, sensing the lengthening days, are excitedly choosing their mates and searching out the best places for their nests.  Attractive and attracting song fills our waiting forests and fields while naked branches quicken and their buds swell to breaking point.

One little bird has at last found her home by the altars of God and she is already busy singing His praises.  Our aspirant Sarah, after having worked hard with the Labouré Society to pay off her college debt, entered our community on the feast of St. Agnes of Prague, friend and correspondent of our Mother St. Clare.  Sarah joins her own childhood friend, our novice Sister Angelique, who now welcomes her as a spiritual sister.  United for years by friendship, now they are one in our family of love, dwelling in the house of the Lord joyfully.  For like the poor but happy sparrows who gather nothing, their Heavenly Father feeds them.

Sarah Golden Enters

Sarah’s entrance, like those of the over 230 young men and women before her, are a testament to the prayers and support of the friends of The Labouré Society.  These are vocations that would at least be delayed, or at worst, lost completely, without prayers, financial support and time spent helping us share the news with friends, family, and the local Church about this opportunity to foster vocations to the Church. 

Please pray for those of us still working, praying, and waiting to enter formation.  We are so excited for our brothers and sisters on their entrance days and it makes us that much more excited and hopeful as we long for the day we may enter our own communities.  Toward that goal of delivering more vocations to formation, my TLS current class has raised nearly $30,000!  Of that, nearly $2,000 has been donated in my honor.  To those of you who have so generously supported TLS and vocations like mine, thank you – I am so grateful for the prayers and support.

But the need is still great.  For everyone in the Summer 2013 class to enter formation at the end of our term, our class would need to raise approximately $890,000.  This Lent, please prayerfully discern whether God is calling you to foster vocations by supporting the work of TLS through financial support, sharing news of this need and TLS with others, and your prayers. 

Will you accept the challenge of helping me and TLS raise $40K before Easter for vocations?  Will you be a part of our vocation stories and help us celebrate Easter with more vocations being delivered to the Church?


  1. […] One Poor Clare postulant who I admired has achieve this goal and raised more funds for her fellow aspirants. That is a great witness to others and a sign of humility and interdependency. […]

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