INTO THE CONVENT

But anyway I didn't go for about a year after that. And then the time came when I was to leave and my mother prepared things for me. So I entered the convent. They took me. And they didn't have a place close enough to my father's and mother's home, so I think they took me around a thousand miles away from my home. So I entered a convent boarding school. I lasted about three months being thirteen years of age - just as a girl. I look back on it now, and think... my. Homesick? I was so homesick! Why, my mommy and daddy, they stayed three days with me and then they left. I became so homesick. Naturally, why shouldn't I? -- I was just a baby never away from home. When I was a little girl, you know, I never spent a night away from my mother. And I surely had never gone any place without my family. And naturally there was close ties in my family, and I was very lonely and very homesick. But I'll never forget after Dad and mother told me, "Good-bye." And I knew they'd be traveling a long distance away from me. And I had never realized in my heart I'll never see them again. Naturally I hadn't planned it like that because I had planned to be a sister of the Open Order.

But if you listen carefully to this portion of the testimony then you'll understand just why I'm saying some of the things I am saying. Now oftentimes we say the priest selects his material through the confessional box, because at seven years of age I went to confessional. At seven years of age I would always, when I'd come into the church first, first I'd sit there at the feet of a crucifix. I'd go to the Virgin Mary and then at the feet of the crucifix, and I'd ask the Virgin Mary to help me make a good confession... because I was a child and my heart was honest. And I knew that the the priest taught us to always make a good confession - keep nothing back - tell everything if I expected absolution from any sin that I might have committed.

And so I would ask the Virgin Mary to help me make a good confession. And I would ask Jesus to help me make a good confession. And, I'll assure you, after I lived in the convent for a short period of time I had to go on with my schooling -- I had just finished the eighth grade. And they promised me to give me a High School education and some college education. But I didn't get much college. I got mostly just high school training. And they gave that to me all right. I took it under some terrible difficulties and strains and all of that - it was rather difficult. But they gave it to me for which I appreciate very very much. But I'll assure you, after they they put me through the crucial training that we must go through to become just a little novitiate entering a convent, the training is really, it's outstanding as far as the nun is concerned, and you'll know what its all about after you've been in there for a little while.

So now I entered the convent. And for just a few minutes we want to tell you just a little bit how we lived - what we eat, how we sleep. If I take you into the convent and tell you about those things, you'll understand a little bit more about my testimony.

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