individual personalities, flourish?
Marriage and children will
not hold the answer for everyone.
Celibate priesthood and religious
life—what Sister Sandra Schneiders,
I.H.M. calls “an exclusive commitment to the unmediated God-quest”—offers a different, somewhat
intense life of community, solitude,
prayer, and service. I have always
had a certain spiritual intensity myself, and it was ultimately this match
between intensities—mine and that
of religious life—that moved me to
join the Jesuits.
Respond to two callings
Naturally I have faced struggles in
the process of vocation discern-
ment. One had to do with the fact
that ever since I was a boy I dreamed
of becoming a writer. That desire is
deep in me, so when I first began
contemplating the priesthood, I was
afraid I’d be giving up not just mar-
riage and family and a certain degree
of autonomy but a major part of who
God had created me to be.
So I was delighted to discover
that some people are called to live
out their priesthood in a religious
community, which recognizes the
possibility of a dual vocation. The
Christian Brothers, for instance, are
called to consecrated brotherhood
and to educational ministry. The
Franciscans, normally, are called
COLLURA prays the
Office, a daily set
of psalms, prayers,
and readings used
by many sisters,
brothers, and priests.