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Vocation Letters: I Have an Angel

This letter is written by our fictional postulant Sister Melanie to her little sister Tessa.

Vocation Letters cartoon: a novice "angel" shows Sister Melanie her place in the Office book, while her Guardian Angel hovers overhead

Ave + Maria

Dear Tessa,

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!  How are you doing?  I was thinking of you especially at the beginning of this month when we celebrated the feast of the Guardian Angels.  That little prayer which you like so much we pray every day here:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, to guide.

Our Novice Mistress also read us a passage from our Custom Book about the angels in Our Lady’s service, who keep busy carrying the “sheaves of our Aves” up before the Throne of God.  How beautiful!  So I think of them as I pray the Rosary during my Hour of Guard.  Living in the monastery, so focused on God, I find that I am thinking of the holy angels and calling on their help much more than before.

I have another “angel,” too, that I wanted to write you about: this angel is one of the novices, whom Sister assigned to watch over me during the early days of my aspirancy and postulancy, to watch over me and help me learn where things are and what to do in the monastery.  She is a big help, making sure I know the rubrics to follow for the different ceremonies, helping me find my place in our Office books for the next hour of prayer, and keeping her eye out (just like an angel!) so I don’t get lost while we’re singing!  I hope that I can do as good a job when it comes my turn to be an “angel” for someone new.

When you get a chance, write and tell me how your hamster is doing with his new wheel.  Mom said in her note that it was quite elaborate!  I hope you are being “angelic” at home, too.  You are in my prayers–please keep on praying for me!

With love and prayers in Our Lady,

Sister Melanie


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