Have you listened to the
objections your parents or
other family members have?
Allow them to tell you what theirconcerns are. They may want youto have a “normal” life because theythink that the celibate life is too hardand unnatural. Parents may wantgrandchildren. They may think thatif you join a community, you willabandon them and rarely see themagain. Family members may believeyou need several years of life experience after college before you canmake a decision to enter a community. They may think that you’re throwing away your education. Or perhapsthey are relying on economic supportfrom you. Maybe they’ll judge yourcalling based on negative experiences they’ve had with a particularsister, brother, or priest. They maycondemn the church as so riddledwith problems that it will drag youdown, or they might condemn a religious community as hopelessly outof touch with the real world. Theymay wish you to be happier and bemore productive in doing just aboutanything than becoming a religiouscommunity member.
After hearing whatever
reasons your family members
give, remind them of your
Allow your parents to know that you
Let your family know that you
will always be their son or daughter.
Give them the respect and gratitude
they deserve. Let them also know
that your love and prayer for them
will continue and grow in religious
life. The same is true for other family
want to follow the Lord.
Jesus said, “And everyone who has
left houses or brothers or sisters or
father or mother or wife or children
or fields for my sake will receive
a hundred times as much and will
inherit eternal life” (Matt. 19: 29).
There are many different ways ofliving a total faith commitment. Atthe same time there’s somethingespecially radical about religious life.
Perhaps that’s exactly the reason itdraws more questions and opposi
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