cared for? How will the community
pay for their care?
These questions could haunt
young religious if they allow them
to. Do any of the young members
ever lie in bed wondering whether
their community will exist in a few
decades? “if i want to make myself
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“I would tell VISION
readers to take the
risk of trying this life.
There’s no better time
to take a leap than
when you’re young.”
Sister Mary St. Kasai Corripio, S.N.D.deN. speaks with Sister Miriam Montero Bereche,
S.N.D.deN., a sister from Peru, during a gathering of Giving Voice, www.giving-voice.org.
crazy, i do,” joked Zimmerman.
But she and other young religious
kept returning to the same theme
when questioned about the future.
God has called them. Life is a risk
whether you commit to religious life
or another way of life. Trust God.
“i would tell Vision readers
to take the risk of trying this life,”
said Zumbrum. “There’s no better
time to take a leap than when you’re
the same time that they greet newcomers: Tend to retirement and old
age but be sure to keep
the mission alive and keep
it big. “it’s got to be epic,”
she said. “The gospel is
epic, so it’s got to be big.”
“Truthfully, the focus
needs to be both places.
The group has to look at finances and . . . it’s also great
that we’re still mission-ori-ented and concerned with
service,” said Zimmerman.
if striking a balance is impor-
tant, then communities will need to
conduct a lot of conversa-
tions about their future.
not all communities
are. some religious are
hesitant to talk about age
issues. other community
leaders are encouraging
discussion, asking: Will
the community survive?
is it embracing a mission
worthy of a person’s life?
How will the elders be
I’ve been hiding from God, and I’m appalled
to find how easy it is.
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