Wow. Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement! I am quickly discovering what a wonderful community CM has built!
Regarding St. Maximilian, he has always been one of my go-to guys. :) Throughout the discernment of my vocation, I often looked to him for intercession so that I may discover how the Lord calls me to lay down my own life. St. Maximilian has taught me (along with JPII -who passed just a few months before my conversion!) to not be afraid of what He has in store. Even now, when I find myself leaving behind discernment for the priesthood and religious life, these two guys continue to remain shining examples for my faith.
Oh, and while I feel sorry for any poor lass that has to put up with my "verbose" nature, I will try to remember your words of wisdom, Shara. ;)
Many blessings on this solemnity, and a very Happy New Year!