the world on mission. I imaginedtaking only the clothes on my backand the shoes on my feet! How andwhere I could do that took a whilefor me to discover. Eventually Ientered a congregation whose prayerlife, community, and mission centered on service and ministry in theworld. It was a natural fit.
Contemplatives in action
Regardless of the style of community
that attracts you, a call to religious
life means putting God at the center
of your life, which is true for every
Christian calling. A prayer life anchors
you in living out your call, your vows,
and your daily life; without it, reli-
gious life does not make sense. Each
style of religious life places impor-
tance on prayer—both communally
and through private personal prayer.
How prayer is integrated into the lifeof the community and the individualwill vary according to the particularkind of religious life and the customsof the particular community.
Members of religious com-
munities focused on service in the
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My prayer life andhow I experiencedmy discernmentand ultimately thecommunity I entered.
sensed this invitation because I wasopen to a relationship with God andhad been taking time to be with Godthrough prayer.
My prayer life and how I experienced God in the everyday certainlyinfluenced my discernment andultimately the community I entered.I like adventure, and I felt called toservice and to sharing my faith lifelike the disciples Jesus sent out into