Bishop John had written in his letter that the monastics should have adequate time for silence, “to courageously meet one’s self, without the deafening of noise.”
Silence, it seems, is the precious commodity lacking in so many people’s lives today. But it was in the silence that Celeste Strohmeyer originally heard God’s call clearly, setting her off on a life pilgrimage.
“This journey of mystery continues and draws me ever deeper into that ‘something more,’” said Mother Theodora. “My deep desire for motherhood, which has always been so intricately woven in the very fabric of my being, has conceived spiritual fruitfulness that I didn’t believe was possible. God has blessed me with many beautiful, spiritual children which in an unexplainable way, I truly feel I bore in my womb.”
The universal Church, East and West, has just concluded a Year for Consecrated Life, and Pope Francis said at the Vatican on Monday that it’s sometimes difficult for him to have hope, especially when it comes to vocations. He described his sadness hearing about religious orders and monasteries with few members, or communities where priests and nuns were getting older without people to carry on their work.
Time will tell, but if the prayers and dedication of the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery bear fruit, Pope Francis will have reason for greater hope.