My dear friends!!! Happy Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe! He is my confirmation saint and has been such a blessing in my life, interceding for me for many years! Thank you for your patience since my last update right before my race, but I hope it was worth the wait…
I am beyond ecstatic to announce to you that by the grace of God, a family (who has asked to remain anonymous) has offered to assume payments on my loans in September, so that I may officially have assurance that I may enter the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph – two weeks from today! Praise God, I’m going home on August 28th! They don’t celebrate birthdays in the cloister … feast days take the cake! And even though there is already a Sr. Mary Maximilian in my future community, my confirmation saint’s feast day will always be dear to me. No better way to celebrate today than by giving thanks to the Lord for this incredible gift – that through the generosity of others I will finally be able to give my life fully and completely to God, and enter the cloister on the entrance date that has been set for me. I wish I could express how thankful I am, but there are really no words and tonight my mind is in many places.
For now my fundraising site www.gofundme.com/litanyrun will remain open for donations. I know the family that has offered to assume debt, and while this is an amazingly generous gift, I know it will be an incredible sacrifice for them. I ask you now to pray for them and that the Lord might send a few more souls to make donation and help reduce their burden before I enter. They have assured me of their intention to complete repayment of my loans, but if there is anyone you know who might be able to help them out in any way, please ask them to consider sending a gift through my fundraising site soon! I will close it on August 27th.
I have just returned home from the most incredible road trip that I have wanted to take for years, with the holiest of company, which included my half marathon, dinner with the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, a picture with Paul Bunion, and a splash through the creek in Ashland, OR. I’ll write all about this most blessed excursion tomorrow. For now I'm off to sleep! All glory to God!!