“boyfriend” from our childhood.
For prom, we double-dated a set
of twins. Then during college, we
continued to giddily share with each
other our secrets about boys.
I may have been nuts about boys,
but I didn’t really date that much.
I was always very clumsy at it, and
being a boy’s girlfriend never felt
natural to me. What little dating I did
made me realize that I frequently and
quickly developed deep, affection-
ate feelings for others. I would get
very excited about the goodness and
beauty that I saw in other people.
All the while, I kept feeling an
even stronger pull to Catholic sisterhood. Even with all my affection for
others, I found that my eagerness to
serve and love God and live in community was much more intense. God
tends to have a clever and mysterious way of making the right things
When I entered my community,
I brought all the dynamics of my
personality right along with me,
including my friend’s question about
me being boy-crazy. That vocational
question, and other early struggles,
gradually evolved like the shorelines
of the sea. My journey has been rich
WALSH and Sister Rita
Marie Bechel, F.S.P.A.
share a hug after Walsh’s
perpetual profession of
vows in 2015. The vow of
celibacy is for those who
are called to cast a wide
net with their love rather
than enter into an exclusive
relationship focusing on a
spouse and children.
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