As today is St Dominic’s feast day, that means this day is one of great import in our family and for my eldest son. My son has just entered the novitiate of the Dominican Order (the Eastern Province of St. Joseph). Today is the day of Vestition. Which means, today is the day my son gets his habit (those white and black robes) and very likely, a new, religious, name. Today is the day that he really begins.
It’s a big day. We feel it.
To go and see what I’m talking about, you can go here to see last years Vestition…I saw it last year and it made me cry. I’m not watching it today, because it will make me cry all the more, I already puddled up during the Morning Office and prayers. I’ll save those watching tears for any video that might come of the Vestition for MY son. Those are enough for me, for this. And while it all sounds like I’m so torn up and sad; I’m not. Not really. I’m remarkably peaceful about it all…..but…..I surely do feel the moment of this day. I feel the weight of it. Heck, I feel even now that connection to my son and I wonder if he’s feeling nervous or edge or just excited for it all?
But today is here, and he begins. He literally lays down his life from before, to take up a new one. Thus, the habit, a clothing of a new man. And he steps up and forward into a new life, and living it to discern if he is called to it ALL. That’s what this is for: to live it fully and completely, in order to grow into it, or find out that it is not fully, finally, for him. Either way, it is a huge transition. For him. For us. And hopefully it is a life that will be covered in joy, as is the mark of all Dominican’s I’ve ever met.
Today, it begins.
UPDATE: That’s my boy, oh dear, my grown son…..center.
This is my first glimpse, it just came through email…and yes,
it made me burst into tears…of joy and..i don’t know…took my breath away. wow. (And no, it’s not a requirement that he shaves and buzzes his head. That’s just him. Yeh I was surprised too. That’s my son!)
St. Dominic, pray for us. St. Dominic, pray for my son. Happy Feast Day, everyone!