Little Blog for Beginners by Jacqueline Small

Some Thoughts on Willows

Tue, 2020-12-15 22:01

What does a novice do all day? Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We take classes on the Rule of Benedict and the litugical cycle and humility; I've started taking voice lessons so that I won't feel like like I'm dragging down the choir; I meet with my director once a week or so; I do an hour of lectio a day and have had the time to read about 15 books in the last two months.

Some Thoughts at the Start of the Novitiate

Sun, 2020-10-25 15:26

I was just stepping out of my room to head to the hermitage where I would start my pre-novitiate retreat, when one of the Sisters who I live with whispered sharply from down the hall, "Don't slam the door like that!"

I apologized quietly and meekly, and felt good about myself for only rolling my eyes in my heart.

I thought, "First of all, I didn't slam it."

I thought, "Who cares how loud the door closes? It's not like I'm setting off fireworks in here."