Posted in May 2012

Stability in Motion: Part 1

Benedictines make three vows for the service of the Lord Jesus: Stability, Obedience, and Conversion of Life. I’m taking a three-part journey into what this means for me as a third-order Benedictine postulant. Part 1 Carey Family History 101 #1: It’s Memorial Day weekend. If your family is like mine (small) and lives in a … Continue reading

Life after.

I woke up at 8 a.m. Nothing to signal a drastic change, since this is my first Monday as an adult with a BA in English from Georgetown College. I woke up in my parents’ house. I woke up in my old bed, across from my brother on the other side of the hall. I … Continue reading

…but how will I live?

I graduate in four days. Technically, I could get off the academy train on May 19th and never step back inside a classroom again as a student. Of course, Lord willing, I’ll be a student of one sort or another throughout my whole life. It’s in my blood. Ingrained in my skin. I have to … Continue reading

Why patterns matter.

In the months before I decided to become a postulant in the Benedictine charism, I was talking to a college employee about the kitsch associated with monastic life. Let’s face it: the word monasticism has become vogue in some Christian circles (and in contrast, in other circles, the word is foreign). There are now lots … Continue reading

Friday Alphabet.

Friday’s Thankfulness Alphabet. A – Apples, Anchoresses. B – Books, Benedictine spirituality, Battle Road. C- Cookies in the GC Caf, Candy, Candles that smell like cake. D – Dependable people, Detergent, Dad. E – Eggs that are scrambled, Encyclopedias, Energetic days. F – Fridays, Fish as pets, Fulbright program, Facebook. G- Grapes, Georgetown College, Graduation, … Continue reading

Weekly Update for April 29th-May 5th, 2012

This is the week of April 29th-May 5th. Academics: 17 days until graduation. 7 days until the last day of classes in my undergraduate career. At my freshman orientation four years ago, a professor told me that these years would fly by. I didn’t believe her, but I do now. Funny how that works. Yesterday, I … Continue reading