The year kicked off quickly: we were only here for a few days before we travelled down to S.E.N.T. (the other community house, in Brentwood) for two weeks – the first week for a gathering of the whole community called Convention and the second week to begin our formation period with an intensive Life in the Spirit course over two days. The teaching was fast-paced, but the Holy Spirit matched it. The flood of grace left us exhausted yet energised, and ready to return home and get started with mission planning and even more teaching. Most recently we’ve had an incredible course on ‘Spirituality of Communion’ from Sr. Mary Paul, who flew over from Austria especially.
I’ve also really enjoying preparing for our first mission week, which will be in almost exactly one month(!). We’ve been learning dramas, songs and mimes as well as practising sharing our testimonies and thinking about the types of workshops we could run. It’s been physically, emotionally and mentally draining, but we’ll definitely be ready to throw ourselves into the mission week when it comes along.
I’ve learned so much about myself already from living in community – some things good, a lot challenging – but I’ve loved every second. Spending an hour a day in Adoration and another hour in community prayer has drawn me closer and closer to the heart of Jesus, and I’m so insanely excited to continue that journey!