One of our visitors writes in and says that she can't find support for her desire to explore nun life.
I am wondering why no one seems to want to help me decide whether I am called to be a nun. It is not only difficult, but I am finding it impossible. I'm sorry if I sound irritated, but I have been seeking such a life for many years now, and I am admittedly experiencing some impatience at being ignored.
It is tough to feel unsupported and ignored when you are discerning a call to become a nun. A lot of people (including our dear family and friends) may have a difficult time understanding the life of sisters, let alone why you would be interested! Plus it can be hard for our own selves to be able to articulate it! I remember feeling the nudge from God but having no framework and no words that sounded sensible to respond to their questions.
The other challenge of feeling supported -- a point that our visitor mentioned -- is that the world around us can be hostile towards Catholicism (indeed, religion in general). When Sister Maxine and I attended World Youth Day, we met so many young people who voiced these same concerns -- to the point where they felt that they couldn't speak of the Catholic faith or even of God! They felt unsupported in their desire to listen to how God was calling them in their life.
What to do? The most important thing is to find the support that you need as you explore your attraction to becoming a Catholic sister. When the "usual" people aren't able to be there for you, there are some other places you can go.
We'll keep in our prayers you and all those are looking for support on the vocation journey.
Readers! What else can you suggest to our visitor? What questions do you have? Use the comment section below to add to the conversation!