As a mom of 9 crazy kids, I am frequently brought to tears. Happy tears for those moments when I am so proud of my family I could burst. Sad, frustrated tears when I am begging God for answers in how to teach my kids how to deal with the stresses of life. Overwhelmed tears when I can’t seem to get to the grocery store or get the laundry done in time.
For over 2 years, Britta has been telling me she thinks God is calling her in a special way to be a nun. At first, I assumed she would want to be a rock star in two weeks, a ballerina next month, and an artist next year. However, Britta prays every night that God will make her a sister or a nun. Of course, I encourage her vocation no matter what it may be. Together we pray for her to always follow God’s will, and if it is to be a nun we pray she will accept that calling.
Her 2nd grade class is touring the Monastery of St. Clare of the Immaculate Conception this morning, right this very second. Britta was so excited to see how the sisters made communion bread! This morning, she was bubbling with excitement. Her eyes lit up, and she told me, “Mom, I’m going to walk around and just pray the whole time!”
She confided in me that when she received her First Communion this April, she was going to pray the whole time for Jesus to make her a sister. Britta had read a story about a nun who had this prayer in her heart during her First Communion, so she thought it was a great thing to do herself.
I kind of hesitate telling others that one of our children is feeling drawn by God to religious life. I don’t want to come across as bragging. I especially don’t want others to discourage Britta from following what God puts in her heart. Believe it or not, this has already happened!
As I read today’s gospel, I thought of my sweet Britta. Jesus said,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Mark 3:33-35
Thank you, Britta, for teaching me to fearlessly follow Jesus the way you want to. Thank you, Jesus, for sending me my children to teach me about You.