Tonight will be my first Ash Wednesday service. I just met with our priest this afternoon to discuss where I am in my spiritual journey so I don't feel like an utter hypocrite or some blasphemous crack-pot heretic as I look toward my upcoming confirmation. It's not that I would betray my conscience to fit in, and I am used to being on the edges, pushing boundaries and making some folks nervous, in nearly everything I do. But the Episcopal Church and our local parish really do mean it when they say "Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here." It looks like I will be enthusiastically endorsed and supported in completing my application process to be part of a Benedictine community as well is in embarking on a year of oblation with them, although it is still uncertain exactly when it is that year will formally begin. It looks like May could be out, which would then suggest I wouldn't be admitted until the end of October. Wish me luck!
See this update about the outcome of my application.