“Christ my Beloved Spouse,
In mercy and in love,
Let my flesh become Your Flesh,
My blood, Your Blood.
I shall live and die for You
O Sweetest Desire.”
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My name is Alexandra Buchlmayer. I am called to strive for perfection in God’s love by living in His Divine Presence as a nun with the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery. This is my story.
I grew up in a Catholic family, and always loved attending Mass. From the time I was three years old, I remember dragging my grandma to the front pew so that I could see what was happening. I remember watching the choir, and thinking to myself that one day I, too, would join the church choir.
I was blessed to attend Catholic schools for most of my education, which allowed me to grow in my faith even as a child. I loved reading the Children’s Rhyming Bible, my favorite book growing up. I would read those stories over and over again. I wrote out prayers that I would place in a prayer box for God to receive while I was sleeping. My teachers noticed and encouraged my faith; my fourth-grade teacher even gave me a copy of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Story of A Soul, saying that I reminded her of St. Therese. She and others helped sow the seeds of a religious vocation in my young heart.
My faith deepened in high school when I got my driver’s license and was now able to attend Mass every weekend. I also joined our school’s rosary club and began to take an interest in theology.
During high school, several people, including my school chaplain and parish priest, asked if I had ever considered religious life, but it wasn’t until I began preparing for Confirmation that I really took the question seriously. At that point, I decided that if I truly desired to follow God’s will, then I needed to be open to whatever it was. I began truly praying about my vocation and seeking to discern how the Lord was calling me to live. Throughout college, I attended daily Mass, which helped grow my faith and aided in my discernment.
It was in a time of prayer during Adoration that I knew God was calling me to be a religious sister. Although I had been afraid of what my friends and family would think, and of the idea of giving up marriage and family life, as soon as I said “yes” to the Lord, I felt those fears melt away and I was left with a deep sense of peace.
I discovered the Passionist Nuns on the feast day of their founder, St. Paul of the Cross. I loved their devotion to the Passion of Christ, a devotion I have had since high school when I first began meditating on sitting at the foot of the Cross.
The mission of the Passionist Nuns is to spread a greater devotion to the Passion of Christ, to make His great love and sacrifice more well known. This is done both through intercessory prayer and through the retreat houses they run where people can come and encounter Christ to find grace, healing, and salvation through His Passion. I look forward to joining this mission and bringing souls closer to Christ though prayer and penance.
Please pray for me and for my fellow Laboure classmates on our vocation journey. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have email@example.com.
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