Blog | Religious Life
“There is nothing God cannot do with an unconditional ‘yes.’ ” These are words that Cardinal Wuerl spoke to the 60 religious and 300 young women gathered in the crypt of the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC for the opening Mass of the GIVEN Forum.
In a fast food, instant messaging, disposable culture, it is refreshing and life giving to celebrate the long lasting, daily faithfulness of women who have kept their vows for 25, 70, 80 years. Jubilees invite all of us to renew our own vows…
Celebrate with us; Entrance into the Novitiate, First Profession and Final Profession of Vows
We sisters are often asked to explain what our life as consecrated women is like. Each time I am asked to do this, the same question
lingers in my mind. How can I explain the in-explainable? Human words can never explain supernatural realities.
“Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15)
These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine Office.
On the day I received the religious habit, I was 19 years old and only a little more than 10 months in the Community.
When a young woman is considering the possibility of entering Religious Life, one of the greatest fears that her parents confront is that their daughter will lose her most unique and beautiful and precious traits. They may wonder, “Will the Nuns brainwash my daughter? Will they make her a robot or clone? What means of coercion do they use? Dangling from the toes? Bread and water for weeks? Solitary confinement? What really happens behind those walls!!!”
The urging in your heart won’t be silenced. You know that you must tell them. How does someone tell her parents that she feels God is calling her to enter Religious Life?
One of the most beautiful gifts in the Catholic Church is the vocation to Religious Life. In Religious Life, God calls some to “follow Christ more closely under the action of the Holy Spirit” through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
During this onset of adulthood, we begin thinking about a vocation, a career, a chosen path of life. This too can be scary, exhilarating, or downright emotional. We’ve all be there. And for anyone who hasn’t been there yet, be assured the day will come for you, too.