Everything we find “out there” can
be found “inside here,” hopefully to
a lesser degree. Though the professed
men and women in community have
vowed to be different, we still fall
short of the glory of God.
While many have an idealized
view of ministry, accomplishing the
mission on a day-to-day basis is
simply hard work. There is often very
little that is romantic about it. People
are not always eager to receive the
Good News, nor are the recipients of
our ministries always grateful for our
service. But we work hard anyway,
very hard, and we pray that the Lord
will make up for our inadequacies
and shortcomings, helping us succeed
according to his plans for that work.
Personal and communal prayer
is difficult at times. Consolations are
not always granted, and fidelity to
daily spiritual exercises, on both the
personal and communal levels, can
be challenging. The beauty of community is that when I am not strong,
the brothers or sisters with whom I
live can be. Together, we challenge
each other to be faithful.
Religious life is about working,
playing, praying, and living together!
While such a life can be quite challenging, it is also extremely rewarding. It is a wonderful way to build
the Kingdom! =
RELATED ARTICLES: vocationnetwork.
org, “Obstacles and options for older
discerners,” VISION 2013; “There’s
no gap when it comes to these generations,” VISION 2014.
Community life is
challenging: We are one
another’s joy, but also
we are one another’s
sandpaper, rubbing each
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