Last weekend I went down to Laredo to visit the novitiate where I will be spending a year studying, ministering, and discerning. I’ve been worried about going to Laredo because of all of the stories I’ve heard concerning the local wildlife i.e. tarantulas! Not to mention that it easily gets up to 100 degrees, and it’s in the middle of nowhere on the Rio. Literally you look out over the backyard and bam there’s Mexico! On the upside, it’s not in such a remote place as I had originally thought; there are four Starbucks in the area, so it can’t be all that bad. The building is actually owned by another order of Sisters who run an orphanage. They have their own garden and they raise chickens, rabbits, and turkey which they have been kind enough to share with the Mercy household! Unfortunately, eating a chicken that they have seen raised is about to turn two of the sisters into vegetarians.
I was also taken on a tour of the town by one of the novices where I got to see the classrooms, some of the ministry locations, and of course one of the Starbucks! All in all I am so glad I was able to visit and meet the sisters with whom I will be living, to learn about the program, and to see that life in the desert isn’t all that bad.