As you are aware, I have been accepted into the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. Along with the excitement and nerves of embarking on this next stage of my life come some practical things to deal with. One of these has been a list of items that I need to bring to the convent with me. Nothing extravagant, mind you, but things I need nonetheless.
So, to help me acquire some of these, my friends threw me a “Bridal” shower of sorts. Not just any bridal shower, but a “Bride of Christ” Shower! And, let me tell you, it was amazing! We played fun games and had GREAT food, and I was blessed to see and know the great support and prayers that my family and friends have for me.
We played “guess the Saint name on you back”, the Left/Right story (where you pass the gift everytime the story says left or right. Mine was taylor made!), and the clothespin game (we couldn’t say ‘Sister’). Silly but soooo fun!
I mentioned the food. Because, lets be real, can it really be a good party if there isn’t good food?!?!? The pièce de résistance was my cheesecake. No, not that kind of cheesecake (which is amazing) but it looked like this:
In case you cannot see, this is a “cake” made out of various wheels of cheese to resemble a tiered wedding cake! AND instead of the traditional topper, there is one of my patrons, St. Therese of Lisieux and, of course, my groom to be… Jesus Christ!!! Amazing, right? My friends are so creative.
But, it was more than the food, games, and gifts. God has blessed me with such amazing friends and family. One friend actually sang me a song as a gift! And many wrote beautiful cards… and my mom cried. There aren’t many things harder to see than mom tears.
That being said, this was such a great experience I recommend it highly for anyone entering religious life. Not to make it “about you” but to spend time with those you love, giving them the opportunity to share their love and you return it, and ultimately thank God for His marvelous gifts. If you know someone entering the religious life – throw them a Bride of Christ Shower!
Your sister in Christ,