Friday night we all went to Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston for a Mass of Blessing for the new community the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. Dom has worked with Sr Olga Yaqob, the new Mother servant of the community. It was a beautiful, beautiful Mass. (Read a bit more about it here and here.)
It was also a fun outing for our family. We left early and took a picnic dinner because the Mass was at 5:30. We ate our dinner in the Cathedral basement while Dom and his colleagues set up their equipment to tape the Mass and post photos to a set on to the Archdiocese’s Flickr stream.
Bella and I ran into two of the candidates adjusting their veils in the bathroom before Mass. We chatted for a minute. Aren’t they just beautiful?
None of them were especially tall but all of them were almost a head taller than tiny Mother Olga.
I was nursing Anthony in the back of the cathedral during Mother Olga’s renewal of her vows. I cried.
The children were very tired by the end of the evening. We left the reception early as they were all too tired to even try the cookies and cakes. Sophie and Anthony screamed themselves to sleep in the car on the way home. But it was all worth it.
How often do you get to be present at the beginning of something that you know is going to be very special? A new religious order! Dom and I are convinced that someday our children will be able to say proudly: “We were there when it all began.”
And who knows what seeds were planted in the imaginations of two young girls? Bright lights and beautiful art and fancy treats and lovely music but Bella said the best part of the evening was when Mother Olga said her vows. She goes back and forth telling me that she’s heard God calling her to be a mother and that she’s heard God calling her to be a religious sister. The important thing to me is not that she’s discerned a call at the tender age of five but that she’s developing the habit of listening for one.