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Carla

Notredame that you for your kind words.

 

I ask me self the same question whole past year.Do i seek just more religion in my life or i have true vocation.

Is it just a phase in life? Or my friends decision influence on me.I ask me self all that past year,

But last few months i have strong desire for religious life.But i have a lot of road ahead of me.

I have join this forum to help me is some way in my journey.What we will be at end only God know.

But you are right for true Vocation time is very important.

 

 

 

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Ancilla Domini

Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest and i can not stop reading about them. It is something completely different of my imagined Nun life.

 

I absolutely love the Sisters Adorers! My family and I spent a few days at the Christ the King seminary in Gricigliano, this past July, and I got to talk with one of the sisters. They're a wonderful order. :)

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Carla

Today i will like to ask you about the reaction for you decision to discerning your vocation .I mean not only family but i mean on your friends and all the people around you.

For me family it is not a problem but all the rest people do not understand it.I'm coming from very Catholic country.People are going to masses and the practice religion.

But when you notice possible religious life they just stare at you and ask you why i want to throw away you life.

Of course when you start your religion life you give up from many thinks.If i start my religion life i will never have family or children and i'm sad because of that.But i will get much more.I will complete my desire to become sister and i will get much bigger family.I will become bride of Christ that is not throw away life it is fully life.

 

What is your experience?

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maximillion

Carla, you have answered your own question - to enter religious life is not to throw anything away, but to gain everything.

What can a human husband give you that would be more than God can?

 

When someone says they are engaged to be married, no one says 'oh, but why are you throwing away the chance to be a Bride of Christ!'

 

Maybe they should!

 

Remember that what is loss in the eyes of the world is gain according to heaven.

 

"What if I gain the whole world, yet suffer the loss of my own soul".

 

Some possible things to say to people who accuse you of throwing everything away:

 

- oh, so you think I should ignore what God is asking me to do?

- what would you say to Jesus if he asked you to be His bride?

- did the Apostles and Mary throw everything away when they followed Him and His will?

- you are right, I should ignore God and be disobedient to His call, but at least I won't have thrown everything away.

- maybe you don't understand what religious life is really about if you think that. I can help you to understand better if you want......

- I wonder what Pope Francis would think if he heard you say that......

 

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Carla

Of course i'm not thinking that my religion vocation is vaste of my life.But still i have doubts is my vocation strong enough.

I have lived meny years not involved so mutch in my faith no mather my devoded catholic rasing in my family.For meny years vocation has not been part of my life plan.But like in every true vocation you can not plan it.Last year my desaire for vocation just happend to me.I have not plan it, i'm not sure did i even want it then.But now i'm fully open to my vocation with all my heart.

 

I do not know did other persons who feelt the vocation know right away 100% that they will become sisters.To join here it is one of the things i'm doing to help me in this doubts.But with devoded praying Christ will help me to found my path.

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ChristinaTherese
To answer your question, my friends are fine with it (they're pretty much all Protestant and I'm not sure how much they understand, but they're not opposed to me becoming a nun if that is God's will and if they've asked why it's totally understandable), my brother (basically the only other Catholic in the family) is absolutely wonderful (and also discerning), but my parents are quite unsupportive (I haven't really talked to them much about discernment, but I have a very little bit, and they keep thinking about my plausible future career and howI should go to grad school). (I hope that's a coherent sentence even though it's so very long and probably run-on....)

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SilentJoy

But like in every true vocation you can not plan it.

 

I like what you've said.

 

And maybe you won't really know until you have tried it for a while!

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Carla

To answer your question, my friends are fine with it (they're pretty much all Protestant and I'm not sure how much they understand, but they're not opposed to me becoming a nun if that is God's will and if they've asked why it's totally understandable), my brother (basically the only other Catholic in the family) is absolutely wonderful (and also discerning), but my parents are quite unsupportive (I haven't really talked to them much about discernment, but I have a very little bit, and they keep thinking about my plausible future career and howI should go to grad school). (I hope that's a coherent sentence even though it's so very long and probably run-on....)

 

I wish and pray for you that you get support by your family.Family support is important and you vocation is easier then.For my family my possible vocation is big blessing.In Sunday after mass i will meet with my student campus priest.He recently come beck from his studding in Rome.I have never meet him before.He is young as i have heard that he is very cool priest.He heard for my discerning vocation and he want to talk with me,

Pray for me :nun3:

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littlesister

Welcome, Carla.  our community will remember you on Sunday.  Happily, with prayer there is no distance.  A campus priest can be a big help.

 

We have a group of young women searching for their vocation staying with us this weekend.  They just came in about an hour ago on a "Nun Run."  If you never heard that expression, we'll be happy to explain.  It was new to us, too, until a few years ago! 

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Carla

Thank you Little Sister for you prayer.Expression "Nun Run." i have heard for it but i do not know what this exactly mean.Is it some kind of visiting monastery to get closer to Vocation or religious life?

 

I can wait to meet my student chaplain tomorrow,My friends told me that he is Salesian priest and he is born in Canada.He is little bit older then me.Starting from next week i will start visiting some monasteries in my area.But here is it realty hard to found what i looking for.Here most of the orders are cloister or semi cloister and they do not teach the work in parishes and kindergartens.I have think also maybe to join some monastery out of my country.But to be honest i'm not sure how this is working and also i will be very far from my family.But this is only start of my discerning

 

Yesterday i have found beautiful prayer for me

 

Lord, my God and my loving Father, you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you,
and thereby to find and to fulfill myself.  I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you.  But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind,
to show me what you want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all my strength right to the end.  Amen.

 

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SilentJoy

Please don't feel like you have to rush, Carla! :) Its okay if it takes a while for you to find a religious community where you feel at home. Also, it is natural to be afraid of going to a community far from your family; for a while I was applying to a community only 500 miles away, and the distance was overwhelming me! I can't imagine having to go outside of the country!

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domenica_therese

I am joining a teaching order, and for me it was very helpful to clarify the question of why I wanted to teach. When I realized that I felt called not just to teach, but to spread truth and set souls on fire through teaching... Dominicans were an obvious choice.

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Carla

Please don't feel like you have to rush, Carla! :) Its okay if it takes a while for you to find a religious community where you feel at home. Also, it is natural to be afraid of going to a community far from your family; for a while I was applying to a community only 500 miles away, and the distance was overwhelming me! I can't imagine having to go outside of the country!

 

Ah i'm not rushing. :hehe2: It is just great joy in heart because of my possible vocation.I will give my self as mutch time i need.Chosing a perfect religius comunnity is like chosing your husband you can pick only once and it is life decidion.With distance it will be very hard for me if i go to some distant community.But it will be God will.I'm on the start if my vocation and i need to to work a lot on my spirutal preperations and praying rest will just came with time.

 

 

 

I am joining a teaching order, and for me it was very helpful to clarify the question of why I wanted to teach. When I realized that I felt called not just to teach, but to spread truth and set souls on fire through teaching... Dominicans were an obvious choice.

 

Uh i love Dominicans so mucth.In my heart now at the momet i want to be teach and spred the God words.But i'm on the start of my vocation so with every new day and every praying i closer to God plans for me.

 

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SilentJoy

Chosing a perfect religius comunnity is like chosing your husband you can pick only once and it is life decidion.

 

 

I think that there should be the desire to remain in a community permanently, but sometimes people enter several communities before they find the place where they are really at home. I'm discerning with a Monastery where I dearly hope that I can fit in and stay for the rest of my life, but it is a long process and I won't know for sure if that is really my home until (if!) I make final vows in 5 or 6 years. Even then, I might transfer to another community someday...

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Carla

Just wanted to thank all of you who are sending me beautiful messages and prayers of support by PM.If you have any question or you want to share something with me be free to do so by sending me PM.I will be very grace full to any experience or support.

Also i will like to share that my meeting with my student chaplain went perfect.He is amazing person and Priest.He offer me any support i need during my discerning vocation.

I will share more with you soon.

 

Praise Jesus our lord

 

 

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Janet Ng

Hello Carla,

 

I have also started being excited about the possibility of being a sister last year right after Easter Sunday! I was having A BIG NO in my heart for a long time about this possible vocation, it's been nearly 11 months now and I have been the most joyful person ever in my life since I let God take over my life. I'm clay and  He's the potter, let Him mould me according to His will.

 

 I'm currently in Hong Kong with family's 100% opposition to this possible vocation but currently feel God is calling me to an American order the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. It's a long story but if you're interested you can check out Sr Catherine, an ex-Olympic speedskater  ;)

 

I was very worried about distance from my family too but if God is calling you to go somewhere far we just have to fully trust and dive in with Him! I'm still very worried about many things as I've just started working and of course my family is very much into making sure I have a good career when my heart is set on doing God's will and spending more time in prayer...not necessarily a religious vocation but really, my goal isn't to have a glamorous career if that's not His will!

 

Prayers are greatly appreciated and I'll be praying for you all!! God bless.

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Carla

Hello Carla,

 

I have also started being excited about the possibility of being a sister last year right after Easter Sunday! I was having A BIG NO in my heart for a long time about this possible vocation, it's been nearly 11 months now and I have been the most joyful person ever in my life since I let God take over my life. I'm clay and  He's the potter, let Him mould me according to His will.

 

 I'm currently in Hong Kong with family's 100% opposition to this possible vocation but currently feel God is calling me to an American order the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. It's a long story but if you're interested you can check out Sr Catherine, an ex-Olympic speedskater  ;)

 

I was very worried about distance from my family too but if God is calling you to go somewhere far we just have to fully trust and dive in with Him! I'm still very worried about many things as I've just started working and of course my family is very much into making sure I have a good career when my heart is set on doing God's will and spending more time in prayer...not necessarily a religious vocation but really, my goal isn't to have a glamorous career if that's not His will!

 

Prayers are greatly appreciated and I'll be praying for you all!! God bless.

 

Hello Janet

 

I'm so happy because you shared your story with us.I have very similar feelings.Till last year i have no wish for religious vocation.I wanted family and at least 2 kids :)

But last year it all got changed for me.Some big changes started in my life and as result of that i have felt strong desire to become religious sister.

I'm trying to change my life and put my faith in the center of my life.And the result is that i have not been happier in my life.First i have just think it is a period and my desire will fade.But i got something different.I have open my heart to Jesus and i'm sure he will help me to found my vocation.I have many doubts ahead of me but i'm sure my praying will found my vocation.Thank you for telling me for Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.

They heart is so big!I have visited their page today:)I will pray tonight for you that your family realize how munch this mean to you.

 

God bless you.

 

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Dominican Nuns Menlo Park

Welcome Carla!

We'll keep you in prayers on your discernment journey.  The path is not easy but you've started it....Thanks be to God!

Jesus says today...Everything is possible to one who has faith! 

 

God bless!

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littlesister

Back to the Nun Run.  The one we just had is typical : a group of young women, usually in the 17-23 year age range, get together and make arrangements to visit as many different communities as their  time off allows.  Sometimes they travel quite a distance, and the individual visits are very short, usually 24 hours at most.  That's why they call it a "Run."   (Actually, sometimes, "Race" would be just as accurate a description.) They may stop at just a few communities or motherhouses, or it may be several. 

 

This time, we welcomed seven college students accompanied by their chaplain.  They drove over 400 miles one way, spent a night and most of a day with us, then went to the "Pink Sisters" about ten minutes away for Vespers and a visit with the community.  (The correct name of the Pink SIsters is the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, but they're commonly referred to as "Pink"  because of their beautiful rose-colored habits.)

 

The girls planned to also spend time at a Franciscan Motherhouse at some distance farther, but those sisters had a serious flood in their guest quarters just a couple of days earlier so they could not offer them lodging.. Instead the group came back here for another evening, and went to a Carmelite Monastery for Mass and a visit on their way home

 

They joined us for Compline and Lauds, saw a few short videos on different aspects of our history and work with the elderly, followed by a very good question-and-answer answer session,  and  a tour to meet many of our residents and assist some to Mass on Saturday.  It was also fortunate that several of them were music majors, so we had a ready-made choir, cantors, and readers for the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. The liturgy was beautiful.

 

Since we have a live-in service/discernment program for holiday time, a few of them plan to come back for a more intense experience of our life and our mission.   Next weekend, there will be another Nun Run through our place, but I think that on the whole this group will be younger.

 

This may seem like a lot of detail, but it is the general pattern for these projects.  Students from the same colleges also go to Chicago at Easter time to work in a soup kitchen run by the Missionaries of Charity.

 

I don't want to hijack the thread, but If anyone has questions, feel free to ask of pm.

 

God bless us one and all.

 

 

 

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Carla

Welcome Carla!

We'll keep you in prayers on your discernment journey.  The path is not easy but you've started it....Thanks be to God!

Jesus says today...Everything is possible to one who has faith! 

 

God bless!

 

Thank you sister.Please pray for my discerning vocation.God bless you.

 

Back to the Nun Run.  The one we just had is typical : a group of young women, usually in the 17-23 year age range, get together and make arrangements to visit as many different communities as their  time off allows.  Sometimes they travel quite a distance, and the individual visits are very short, usually 24 hours at most.  That's why they call it a "Run."   (Actually, sometimes, "Race" would be just as accurate a description.) They may stop at just a few communities or motherhouses, or it may be several. 

 

This time, we welcomed seven college students accompanied by their chaplain.  They drove over 400 miles one way, spent a night and most of a day with us, then went to the "Pink Sisters" about ten minutes away for Vespers and a visit with the community.  (The correct name of the Pink SIsters is the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, but they're commonly referred to as "Pink"  because of their beautiful rose-colored habits.)

 

The girls planned to also spend time at a Franciscan Motherhouse at some distance farther, but those sisters had a serious flood in their guest quarters just a couple of days earlier so they could not offer them lodging.. Instead the group came back here for another evening, and went to a Carmelite Monastery for Mass and a visit on their way home

 

They joined us for Compline and Lauds, saw a few short videos on different aspects of our history and work with the elderly, followed by a very good question-and-answer answer session,  and  a tour to meet many of our residents and assist some to Mass on Saturday.  It was also fortunate that several of them were music majors, so we had a ready-made choir, cantors, and readers for the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. The liturgy was beautiful.

 

Since we have a live-in service/discernment program for holiday time, a few of them plan to come back for a more intense experience of our life and our mission.   Next weekend, there will be another Nun Run through our place, but I think that on the whole this group will be younger.

 

This may seem like a lot of detail, but it is the general pattern for these projects.  Students from the same colleges also go to Chicago at Easter time to work in a soup kitchen run by the Missionaries of Charity.

 

I don't want to hijack the thread, but If anyone has questions, feel free to ask of pm.

 

God bless us one and all.

 

You are so kind to explain me "Nun run" thank you.If i have some more question i will be free to ask.

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