that my vocation provides me with
the balance and stability that I need
to be an effective minister.
6.Making time to balance our lives. Being a sister leaves you without the
demands of raising a family. In my
experience religious have time to
balance their lives between ministry,
friends, prayer, reflection, and hob-bies. There is also both the opportunity and responsibility to take time
for prayer and a retreat. Our rules
for religious life often help us move
toward a balance of work, prayer, and
recreation. For me this call to balance
has been invaluable.
7.Sense of self. During my formation (preparation to be a
sister), I was encouraged to examine
my gifts, my weaknesses, and my relationship with God. All these things
helped me discern what God is calling me to. Having gone through my
initial formation program, I now have
a better sense of who I am and who I
am being called by our Creator to be.
8.Prayer life. This may seem obvi- ous, but one of the
biggest things I have gained by enter-
ing religious life is a deeper prayer life.
Not only was I given classes on prayer
and theology, but I also had the gift of
a novitiate experience that proved to
be the foundation of my prayer life.
Novitiate is a year (approximately) of
prayer and study that is set aside for
stances may drive them to take or
stay in an unfulfilling job. As a sister,
I am encouraged to find a ministry
based on where I feel God is calling
me to serve and where I can use my
gifts the best.
As religious men and women, we
also pool our resources in order to al-
low at least some community mem-
bers to work in lower-paid ministries,
possibly working for organizations that
would otherwise be unable to afford
their services. This pooling of resources
often allows for a certain freedom in
ministry choices. The financial aspect
of a ministry decision does not always
have to take top priority.
This is not to say our ministries
are easy. We often work with vulner-
able individuals who require a lot
of physical, emotional, and spiritual
energy, but my experience has been
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