In the previous entry of the blog series, I discussed my experiences as I went through the psychological evaluation that was required for my entry into the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. I had hoped it would be the last time I would go through an interrogation session (I used that term loosely and in the least negative way possible). That wasn’t meant to be, as I had one more session to go through.
A few weeks later, I had an appointment to go back to the St. Anthony Shrine and Friary for my behavioral analysis with Brother Timothy. I have to admit, I was a little nervous, as I didn’t know what to expect; but, since Brother Timothy was going to be conducting the interview, I wasn’t as nervous as I could have been. He had always been compassionate and kind, I knew he would make it as painless as possible.
Sitting across the table from Brother Timothy, I quickly figured out I wasn’t wrong. While the interview was fairly long, there was very little new ground that was covered. In fact, there were a lot of repeat questions that were asked, only seeking expansion of the answers that I had previously given. It wasn’t boring exactly, but it wasn’t exciting either. Many of the questions that were asked I had already answered two or more times during the admission process.
When the meeting was over, Timothy informed me that the date was set for me to go before the Admission Board. In that interview, my future with the order will be decided. It was both exciting and terrifying. It will be the culmination of everything that had come so far in the admission process. So, it’s natural to be a little scared.
In the end, all I can do at this point is trust that the Lord had a plan for the situation and let him handle it. He’s got this!