Desert Nuns

A New Postulant

October 15, 2012 by  
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The world is on fire.  Men try to condemn Christ once again. They would raze His Church to the ground. No, my sisters, this is no time to treat with God for things of little importance.”  – St. Teresa of Jesus

Tonight Sr. Tara Smith began her Postulancy with our Order.  It is appropriate that Sister begins this time of deeper discernment with our Community on the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila.  Earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI put this great Saint forward as a model for the new evangelization:

The ultimate goal of Teresa’s reform and the creation of new monasteries in a world lacking spiritual values was to protect apostolic work with prayer.  Today too, as in the sixteenth century, in the midst of rapid transformation, it is important that trusting prayer be the heart of the apostolate, so that the redeeming message of Jesus Christ may sound out clearly and dynamically.”

What Sr. Tara began tonight is the first step in a great journey of Faith.  She continues to discern God’s Will for her life.  She does this very simply by living a hidden life.  This life of prayer and adoration is so deeply connected to the new evangelization . It is at the very heart of it…at the very source of Living Water.  She begins live her new role in the Church as a contemplative charged with a great responsibility…to protect apostolic work with prayer.  This mission will be accomplished in a manner very counter-cultural.  It will be accomplished without being weighed in the scale of productivity.  It will be accomplished in the truest reality…in the deepest core of the heart.  And it will be fecund.  The fruitfulness of a contemplative is hidden, even from herself.  The one goal is not to weigh/measure personal success but to be absorbed and hidden in the merciful Heart of our Savior.  Our one goal is that HIS REDEEMING MESSAGE may sound out clearly and dynamically. It’s this hidden evangelization that energizes Sr. Tara…and ultimately it is this that led her here.  It’s what gave her the courage to say, according to the formula for entrance: “I desire to begin the time of discernment — the time of listening to God as He speaks in and through the Community. I ask for your prayers that I may spend the rest of my life in His Eucharistic Presence and prepare my soul for the great day of union between bride and Bridegroom.

What Sr. Tara begins today is a joy-filled journey of faith (appropriately so, it begins in step with the Year of Faith).  It is the beginning of a wonderful transformation, only accomplished by Christ, to one who freely embraces His Will and His Love.

At the conclusion of the brief Entrance Ceremony, our Superior (Sr. Marie Andre) summed it up perfectly in few simple words: ENTER INTO THE JOY OF THE LORD!


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25 Responses to “A New Postulant”
  1. susan stewart says:

    This is so wonderful to see!

  2. Amy says:

    Congratulations to you all! I will keep you in my prayers!

  3. Nancy Mays says:

    Sr Tara, my prayers will follow you. I ask for yours as well.

  4. Julia Lajoie says:

    How wonderful! How exciting! Thank you, Sr. Tara for taking this step on behalf of Christ and his entire Church. May your year of discernment be fruitful, especially as it coincides with The Year of Faith. I will remember you in prayer. Peace to you, dear. Sincerely, Mrs. Julia Lajoie, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

  5. Marie says:

    What great news! so happy to see the community grow. Congratulations Sister Tara!!!!!

  6. Deb Morgan says:

    Now, that’s what I call a radiant face. Go get ’em, Sister! I’m making you my pet prayer project.

  7. Larry Betson says:

    Praise be Jesus and Mary! God bless you and may our precious Lord help you to fulfill your vocation.

  8. Congratulation to Sr. Tara! Oremus Pro Invicem!

  9. Robin says:

    How beautiful!

  10. Kath Hancock says:

    Thank you Sr. Tara for your sacrifice so sweet. May the Lord be with you daily to bolster you on this your journey. Maybe God richly bless you +JMJ+

  11. Judy Kallmeyer says:

    God’s blessings Sister Tara! What a wonderful journey you are beginning! Be open to every experience that comes your way. You might be surprised at the ways in which the Lord will manifest Himself to you. Be patient. You do not learn how to live consecrated life in a week. It truly takes a lifetime. Be pliable. The Lord, through your formators, will be molding you into something truly beautiful. Be generous. It is your whole life that the Lord asks of you. Be joyful. There is no greater joy than belonging completely to the Lord. And so, launch out into the deep and do not be afraid!

  12. Lionel Humphries says:

    God bless you Sister Tara.Best wishes all the way from Singapore!Please pray for peace in this world.

  13. Sofia Guerra says:

    God love you Sister Tara…we will be praying for you daily here at AlwaysCatholic Blog…

    Beautiful photos, thank your Superiors, please.

    Sofia Guerra

  14. Ambria says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful words and photos. Sorry we couldn’t be there. We’re in Africa traveling many roads like the one that leads to the monastery (rough, rocky, dusty desert land). Been thinking about you a lot these last few days and even picked up a driving tip for the next time I visit you.

  15. Fr. Kevin Hanlon, M.M. says:

    A happy day! Thanks for the lovely photos. It is nice to meet Sr. Tara’s Mom and Dad too, even if it is just with photos. Thank you for keeping all your spiritual partners in the loop, and God bless.

  16. Bev says:

    It would be nice to see the nuns/monastery add a “Older” postulant from the age cut off (scale) requirment. Blessings to Sr.Tara on your entrance to Our Lady of Solitude’s community. O:-)

    • barb finnegan says:

      Amen to what you said, Bev, amen!

      I do congratulate Sister Tara as she begins her postulancy, though…. and yet it would be nice if there were a chance for us ‘older’ ladies (post-35ers like myself) were able to enter a cloistered community…really, I do….

  17. sue c says:

    what a great day to celebarate – new life into the desert community- God bless.

  18. Br. Lorens of the Mother of God says:

    Congratulations Sr. Tara, what a joy that you entered in the day of St Teresa of Jesus. May God grant you a heart like the one of Teresa, a heart burning with love for the Beloved, a heart pierced by Divine Love. I pray also that you may console His Sacred Heart, in a time where many don’t know him, or don’t love him. Draw the souls near to Him, to his Merciful Love.

  19. Mark Pollutro says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Sister Tara. I am so proud of you. With much love your Godfather Uncle Mark XO
    PS. I can’t wait to show off your pictures…


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