my best interests in mind. I coulddo everything I sought to do as acommitted single woman, but theymissed one key point: discernmentof a vocation is about more thanyou.
Vocation is about you andGod—your deepest desires andGod’s deepest desires for you. Discernment is about discovering thosedesires in relationship with God andnaming what gives fullest life to thatrelationship. You don’t become a sister because of a lack of options, just
Code #329 VocationNetwork.org Community Search
as you ideally don’t remain singlebecause nothing better has comealong. You commit yourself to a wayof life based on how your relationship with Christ calls you.
Single life and religious life eachhave their own gifts and challenges;each is a unique vocation with itsown unique aspects.
Life lived in community is one ofthe primary differences between avowed religious life and a committed single one. Community is key toreligious life. It encourages growthspiritually, individually, and interpersonally. Sisters live in community so they can bring communionto the world.
Communal life helps support a
lifestyle of prayer. Prayer is essen-
tial to every vocation, and for me
as a vowed religious, prayer is the
grounding force of my vocation.
Shared prayer brings my religiouscommunity together at varioustimes throughout the day. Eachreligious order of sisters has its ownstyle and manner of praying, butacross congregations we all sharean understanding that you can’tlive a vowed religious life withoutpersonal and communal prayer.
The lives we leadreflect the loveof Christ, and ourvocations are the wayin which we are mostcalled to share thatlove with the world.