Perhaps you are wondering which monastery I am hoping to enter? The Monastery is Bethlehem Monastery of Poor Clares in VA. They have a very lovely website, which I hope you will visit.
They also have a new group for "Poor Clare Hopefuls" on facebook, and it would be nice to have some new members. I would like to share with you Mother Clare's meditation posted there today:
Mother Abbess writes: Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the day when our Lady and St. Joseph brought the Child Jesus to the temple to "present" Him to the Father. So the Church also celebrates a day for Consecrated Life today. May each of us give ourselves fully to God to allow Him to do with us as... He wills! And let us pray for one another. The prophetess Anna is a good example for every Poor Clare, for she never left the temple but prayed and fasted night and day. We too meet Jesus here in the Blessed Sacrament.
I sincerely wish that I knew more young people discerning religious vocations... If I did, I would have so much to tell them and so many prayers of offer for them! Therefore, seeing the Poor Clares go to such lengths to find them brings me great joy. You might say that talking to others discerning God's call consoles me...
Every time I visit the Poor Clare's website and see what they have posted about the religious life, and look at the pictures, I get homesick. My lovely Breviary is now my most prized possession, and it ALSO makes me "homesick" for the cloister. On top of that, the pictures of Christ and His Mother on my walls never fail to make me long for the adoration chapel at Bethlehem Monastery, where I could see Him for hours at a time. Even school and internet make me crave the work and study in the cloister. I am certainly learning what it is to be patient... I wish that it didn't have to be so long before I can enter. But, even more than that, I wish I knew others who felt their vocation as strongly as I do.