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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Of what did the saints dream?

Well, going into the convent for my trial period, I have few regrets but here are five.

One, I have never stood on the Charles Bridge in Prague where my Great Grandfather proposed to my Great Grandmother in the early 1880s.

I cannot imagine how romantic that must have been. I can see her beautiful little face looking up into his dark handsome eyes. I have their love letters still in a box in Illinois.

Two, I have never been to the Douro Valley to see the vineyards and taste the port, while wearing a new sun-dress, a straw hat and sandals.

For some reason, I like port and sunshine. Don't you?


Three, I have never been to Iceland, which for some reason I have always wanted to visit. Maybe I have Vikings for ancestors.

I have always wanted to fly into the northern lights. Is that possible? I have seen the northern lights in the Midwest, Canada and Alaska.

Are these different in Iceland?


Four, standing in the snow looking up at Fountains Abbey, my favourite place in England, is something I would love to do as I have only been there in the summer.

Fountains is my spiritual home.

However, one can forgo certain places and treats in order to pursue the inward life.


And, after all, we are here to prepare ourselves for eternity.

Five, I have never had a blue rose.


I am not sure how a glass of port in a comfortable spot at the edge of the valley on a hot afternoon, or trucking around glaciers and staring at the northern lights, or watching the lights reflect off the Moldau River, listening to strains of Dvorak, or holding a blue rose would get me merit in heaven. But, all is good in the Lord. 

Goodbye to all that.....and goodbye to dreams.

I must dream new dreams. 

I wonder of what the saints dreamt?

Do you think St. John Nepomuk dreamt of Prague?

Or did St. Thorlac Thorhallson dream of  the northern lights?

Did St. Elizabeth of Portugal ever taste port or dream of the mountainous valleys? 

Did St. Robert of Newminster dream of Fountains? I think he did. He planned Fountains.

New days, new nights, new dreams.

8 comments:

New Sister said...

Teresa of Avila loved the world, writing of her youth, "I could be bribed with a sardine" - lol!

She describes later (I think in Interior Castles, but could have been Life) that she had lost such taste for wordly thlngs that she said of them, "other than an initial stirring, I cannot distinguish them from dung."

A religious vocation is *the* most tremendous gift a woman can have, getting to give herself entirely to her Divine Spouse, and have Our Lady as Mother-in-Law!

His will be done - pax tecum,

Tupac said...

The sisters always told me to dream growing up, never give up on your dreams.

inara said...

Maybe you've stood on the Old Capitol steps in Iowa City at sunset? That's where my husband's father proposed to his mom. Not quite as unique, but still romantic. :o)

I'm sure I missed a great many northern lights growing up in the UP~ I was never allowed to be up late enough to see them, since we moved away after Jr. High. Ah well...whenever I pine to see Rome or some other beautiful place on this earth, I console myself that Heaven will be so very much more amazing & I need to get back to trying my darndest to get there! ;o)

Just another mad Catholic said...

Dear Supertrad mom

May I do a few of these things for you?

As you know I hope to enter Seminary next year and if my application is succesful I will be spending a few months next spring/summer crisscrossing Europe's shrines and I will definately visit the Shrine of the Infant Jesus for you.

Supertradmum said...

Just a Mad...thanks so much. He is a personal patron and a family patron

Lorraine said...

Ah! Supertradmum, so that is where you are going!! Believe me when I tell you that I know exactly what you are going through as I entered a cloistered monastery thirty years ago.

You are looking at things the wrong way. Do not look at the lovely life you are leaving behind, look to the lovely life you will soon be leading!

Above all, have PATIENCE with yourself. I cannot stress this enough.

God bless you!

Supertradmum said...

Lorraine, this is the best advice I have received so far. And, my biggest fault is impatience.

Thank you so much.

Unknown said...

Dear Supertradmum
I wish an outpouring of God's blessings upon you as you enter this new stage of life. God will grant you every grace you require in your lifelong journey towards holiness.

There is nothing more beautiful in this life than a monastic vocation.

Lydia