From a reader:
I need to thank you for encouraging us all to attend the EF of the mass. Although there is no EF mass within a few hours drive of where I live (so sad, I know) I have been traveling this week and was able to attend my first Latin mass. It was beautiful, if not a bit confusing.
Thank you so much for encouraging us all for attending this beautiful mass, which I am sure I would not have attended if it wasn’t for your encouragement. I fully intend to attend the EF from now on whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Now, for my sad question. During my travels I was able to visit my two remaining grandparents. I was informed that the local Benedictine Convent is closing.
The convent has been in decline from a failure in new vocations and it is not a surprise that severe action is being taken. However, in the description I received, I was told that the sisters were released from their vows and advised to go home to family (although this did come from an elderly woman, so the facts may be a bit muddled). Is this truly what happens when convents and monasteries close? It seems so sad, especially since most of these nuns took vows when they were young and are now beyond retirement age. It makes me feel hurt and angry, even though I haven’t lived in that town in years, but a commitment to God should mean something more that what is being done here. I suppose I don’t have a question, just a heartache. Any words of wisdom you can supply would be greatly appreciated. If nothing else, please pray for these sisters that they have dignity in this most difficult transition.
I’m tired, and I bet you have good consoling words.