PRAYER & DISCERNMENT
S SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, discerning one’s vocation is not always
easy. I joined the Daughters of St. Paul in 2010 and made my first vows
in 2014. My discernment before I entered the convent (and after) was
like a roller coaster ride—difficult, scary, and thrilling—all at the same time!
There are a lot of resources out there to help you discern. But there are not a lot of
articles out there to just make you laugh.
So, if you need a break from the usual oh-so-serious advice, here are some
steps to follow if you are discerning.
Step 1: Start talking about Jesus as if he were hanging out with you, and brag
about how you spend a lot of time with him. Then, in between episodes of
Stranger Things and browsing religious order websites, try actually hanging out with
him. Exchange friendship bracelets and become besties. Make everyone around
you uncomfortable when you talk about your faith and the One you love.
If the seriousness of contemplating your future is weighing
you down, consider these satirical suggestions.
TELL ALL your friends that
you are dying your hair
purple, marrying a sea
lion, and sailing around
the world in a teacup. Then
tell them you are kidding
and that you are actually
entering the convent.
BY SISTER THERESA ALETHEIA NOBLE, F.S.P.
Sister Theresa Aletheia
Noble, F.S.P. is
the author of
You Love: Inviting Loved Ones
Back to the
Church and a
writer for Ale-
12 steps to sisterhood
(if you’re thinking too hard!)