Discernment in religious life is a community effort. The letter goes to our Congregation Leadership - I should have their answer within the month. The big date would be in October. This is but the first step of many into the deepest depths of the heart of Jesus. I'm happy to report that several days after writing and mailing the letter, my head and heart are still very much at peace with the decision.
I had a phone call this morning from Sr. Sheila, our Congregation Leader. She'll be sending the official letter in the mail, but wanted to let me know that the Congregation Council affirmed my request to profess vows!
I was reminded of when I got the call from Sr. Sheila more than two years ago telling me I'd been accepted to the Novitiate. So much has happened since then! Some of it hard and challenging, some of it fun, some of it enlightening, all of it transformative.
It's interesting ... I was really excited when I wrote my letter (the not being able to sleep kind of excited). Since then, I've been patiently waiting for the answer, fairly certain what the answer would be (and sleeping just fine thank you very much!). When Sheila called and even now, it's not so much excitement I feel as a general sense of rightness and happiness. My head and heart are still very much at peace with this decision, and for that I am very grateful.
Of course, I have until October 11th to get cold feet! :)