On Aug. 1, 2016, I have entered the novitiate for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. This one-year phase of religious formation would provide space away from classes to pray and discern further my call to the priesthood. Along with prayer, I would learn more about the religious order and its charism. God willing, I would take first vows as a religious brother on Aug. 5, 2017.
Father Shawn Monahan, OMV, my novice master, likened this period as an extended spiritual retreat. The pinnacle of the novitiate is the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in February 2017. I have looked forward to taking those exercises and growing deeper in my love for Jesus.
To ensure that prayerful space, I have taken a year off social media and my blog. Though I would like to fill you in my experiences as a novice, the computer and my smartphone would offer too many online temptations and distractions. I have been proud of the progress in the blog, especially in interactions with other bloggers, design and regular content.
When I reactivate the blog in August 2017, I have three goals:
- Set up a unique domain name.
- Update photos of the header and user icon.
- Integrate it more with my other social media.
Also, I forgot to share my latest blog entry for the OMV seminarians’ blog when it came out in mid-May. Check it out here.
If you have any prayer requests, please fill out the contact form by Saturday evening. During the novitiate, I would check my email only once a week on Sundays. I would pray for that intention for one month.
Please pray for me. See you in August 2017.