Sister Maria of the Trinity
Sister Maria of the Trinity, O.P.
The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.
– John 3:8
Life in the Spirit is like riding the wind, sailing in every which way the Divine Breath blows: North, South, East, and West. A convert from Protestantism, the writings of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, enkindled an interest in the monastic life during college, seven years before my entrance into the Catholic Church. After entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, the Spirit’s gentle breeze guided me from New York to Michigan, where I began my vocation as a consecrated religious sister with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. After eight joyful years with the Dominican sisters, He led me to St. Dominic’s Monastery in Virginia to ascend the mountain of silence and solitude as a cloistered Dominican nun; then, after five tranquil years at St. Dominic’s, He brought me here, to Corpus Christi Monastery, where I have found a home both spiritually and culturally in the heart of California.
St. Dominic and our Blessed Mother have been riding the Spirit with me all along this journey into the desert of monastic silence, solitude, and communion. It is indeed a privilege beyond words to live in the mystery of mysteries, the Trinity, and to celebrate the diversity of the multi-personal cosmos, the communion of saints, as one’s vocation. Life in the Three-in-One and One-in-Three is lightsome and joyous!