to God’s call is precisely for the reason of happiness, the joy that comesfrom being true to who you are.
Allow your family to see how peoplewho could have had marriage andfamily can thrive in a life that is a giftfrom God. Invite your parents to visitthe religious community with youbefore you enter, and let them meetvarious members of the community,people who are distinct individuals—like your parents. These stepscan calm your parents’ fears becausethey help them see how religiouslife, with the community’s love andsupport system, can be a blessing fortheir child.
In addition, find out from the
Help your family see that
community when family members
can visit while you’re in formation
and what the norm is for family time
after formation ends. Let your family
know these policies, too, to allay
their fears of losing their relationship
a very large family is joining
Once family members come onregular visits to a formation community, they often feel bonded with thebrothers in their son’s formation orthe sisters in their daughter’s formation, and they come to realize thattheir child is gaining many brothersor sisters. For their part, membersof religious communities themselveslook with affection on the family ofone of their own. =
A version of this article originallyappeared in VISION 2015. RELATEDARTICLE: VocationNetwork.org, “How isyour family taking it?”
has been settled. The church andreligious communities would notallow for that. Initial formation isan extended time of mutual consideration before God during whichthe candidate determines whetherthe community is right for him orher, and the community considerswhether the candidate is right forthem. It includes much prayer, education, and work. Explain to yourfamily that there are various directors, masters, and superiors who areguiding the whole process of religious formation.
Let your family in on the joy
and excitement of your
You know that God wants you to behappy. Let your parents and otherfamily members see that your answer
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