Aspirancy: A Step in the Right Direction
by Emma Klein
When I came into the Carmelite Monastery in Rochester, New York, for the first time as an Aspirant, the Sisters told me that their own first entrances had been as postulants, and that they had had to “sink or swim”!
For my own part, I am beyond blessed that our Mother, the Church, has seen fit to grant us the invaluable period of Aspirancy. While this time has allowed me to get to know the Community better through multiple live-in experiences inside the enclosure, it has also allowed the Sisters to get to know me! Moreover, I have begun formation on the Carmelite life even now, although I continue to live as a layperson and to finish my college education.
What a joy to learn the basics of Carmelite life and spirituality before actually entering!
Not only have I been closely accompanied in my discernment, but the classes and regular communication with the Sisters have also deepened my prayer life considerably. I can honestly say that my time as an Aspirant has removed much of the “fear of the unknown” both for me and for my family. It has nurtured my vocation, confirming the desires God seems to have given me and enabling me to look at Him in greater confidence and peace. And I know that when I (God willing) enter, I won’t be arriving into a Community of strangers—I’ll be coming into a family!