I apologize to my regular readers for my extended absence. My graduate studies have been very demanding. (Often, I would muse that I was imitating St. Ambrose's sister Marcellina, a consecrated virgin of the Patristic era who was so dedicated to fasting, prayer, and study that St. Ambrose once wrote to her: "...your sleep is on your book." (see Concerning Virginity, book III, chapter 4.)
Recently, my upcoming consecration made it into my diocesan newspaper. You can read the article here. I think it was very well-written; I was so glad to see how the author showed such a genuine appreciation for the importance of prayer, especially prayer in the life of a consecrated virgin.