The health of apotential candidate ofany age is certainly amajor consideration ofa religious institute.
“commitment to weight loss because obesity leads to other serious health issues and a shortened life span, plus it can sometimes mask emo- tional issues that can interfere withinitial formation.
BROTHER RONNIE: Most communitieswould not refuse an applicant if hisor her health issues are typical, andthe community believes he or shecan meaningfully contribute to itsmission, community, and prayer life.
However, the health of a potentialcandidate of any age is certainly amajor consideration of a religiousinstitute. The older the person, themore concern there will be aboutoverall physical and mental health.
Realistically religious instituteshave aging community memberswith diminishing earning potential.
Therefore, they have fewer financialresources. It’s important to seriouslyevaluate a potential candidate’s ability to contribute to the mission andlife of the community. While everyreligious community would wantto discern a potential candidate’svocation mainly on spiritual terms,they must also consider a cost/ben-efit analysis of the number of yearsa person can actively contribute,as well as the community’s ability to cover a candidate’s medicalexpenses.
What else should I know
if I’m over 40 and considering
SISTER ADRIENNE: Most women
and men have limited exposure to
religious community. Not knowing
the inner workings of common life,
discerners often have a romantic
view of life together as a conflict-
free escape from human weaknesses.
A religious community is not the“communion of saints.” That’s heaven! Community life is challenging:We are one another’s joy, but also weare one another’s sandpaper, rubbingeach other smooth.
Those living in community for50 or 60 years have scant understanding of the struggles of life im
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