Today I thought briefly about becoming a nun.
Thoughts that triggered this:
1. I met 2 Franciscan Sisters a few years ago and we became instant friends. (I’ll be playing a concert at their convent next month)
2. I’ve read a book on the life of St. Francis of Assisi and the simple way he lived and cared for the poor makes me want to do the same.
3.I often wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have my iPhone or laptop with me. Would I write more songs and notice more people and listen for Gods voice more?
1.I went on a silent retreat at a monastery 4 years ago. I was tired of people, technology, the world and I thought that 4 days of retreating completely would help. I rested, walked, prayed, read, wrote, sat in sun, and had enough after 3 days. Honestly, I missed people ( I tried talking with the Monks but they didn’t want to upset my “silent” retreat ) and I really wanted a latte.
It made me realize that I’d rather try to incorporate a little retreating in my life everyday.
2. There is no reason I cannot simplify my life outside the walls of a Convent. If I say otherwise, I’m saying that location is more important than heart; and I don’t believe that.
3.As much as technology can be a distraction, it is also an incredible help and time saver. I can’t tell you how many times a day I use Google maps on my iPhone. The key for me is moderation.
As I was reading the book on St. Francis I thought… the reason I like him so much is because he had the guts to follow Jesus the best way he knew how. I want to do that. I feel like I must do that.