Several times a week, we encounter young women asking that very question. With each encounter we ask the young woman:
Do you experience…….
• A Desire to live simply
• An Ability to relate with a variety of people, to be happy alone or in a group
• A Joy in serving others in any outreach or parish involvement
• Generosity of heart, time and talent
• An Ability to listen to others and accept direction when needed
• A Desire to love expansively rather than needing an intimate relationship with one person
• A Desire to grow in union with God through prayer and service of the needy
Then, God may be calling you to become a nun.
The call to religious life, the call to be a nun, is always marked by a desire to serve God and God’s people, to care for the needy and to bring people to experience God’s love. But, since ministry is a part of every vocation, service is not the distinguishing characteristic of a call to consecrated life as a member of a religious community. The uniqueness of the call to be a nun, the call to religious life is living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in community. The essential service of the religious is to witness to all the faithful that each of us is called to treat things, persons and our own self with respect and as ultimately belonging to God.
At the heart of the call to religious life is a desire to give oneself in love to God in a way so total that the pursuit of union with God makes it impossible for anything or anyone to be more central. One becomes unavailable for marriage.
If you believe you are being called to be a nun, give us a call [330. 301.6891] and we can help you discern God’s call.