A DYING MOTHER’S BLESSING
Brittlyn Sonnier, was 18 when she entered our Carmelite Monastery of Mary, Mother of Grace. At the age of 16 she first felt the call to the religious life. After discerning for a few months, and coming to see us, she knew that Jesus was calling her to Carmel. When asked what she expected to find in Carmel, her reply was: “I really don’t know. All I know is that Jesus wants me there.” The date of her entrance was set for October 15, 2010.
Brittlyn’s mother was dying of cancer and her concern was whether or not she should enter as planned or would it be better to stay and help her father care for the other four younger children. Being a family of deep faith, her father told her to go to Carmel if she felt God calling her. Her brothers and twin sisters also encouraged her. She then asked her Mother, whom she was caring for in the hospital. True to her conviction of Brittlyn’s vocation, Monique gave her eldest daughter her blessing and encouraged her in her desire to give herself entirely to Our Lord.
This is indeed the niche God has chosen for her. She has imbibed the spirit of Our Holy Mother from the start and has her deep spirit of prayer and generosity. October 15, 2013 was a day of special joy for Sr. Teresa of Jesus. This is the feast day of Our Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus, but it was also the Profession Day of her namesake, our Sr. Teresa. Two years ago, Brittlyn Sonnier received the Carmelite habit and her new name. She has been in formation, learning about our life, our spirit, our constitutions and all that makes up our day of prayer, sacrifice and community living. She has experienced the joys and the trials of the novitiate, the intimacy and the difficulties of prayer, the support of her Sisters in a life totally given over to Our Lord and the Church.
After making a 12 day retreat in solitude, (see Carmelite Retreat) Sister was ready and eager to profess the vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience according to our Rule and Constitutions, in total allegiance to Jesus Christ, in the service of our Mother the Church and thereby, to give eternal glory to the most Holy Trinity. She is confident that with the help of the Virgin Mary and the support of her Sisters, she will be able to live out these Vows and make a complete gift of herself to Jesus, her Beloved.