Have you ever felt the question come into your heart, "Is God calling me to serve Him in religious life"?
So much is involved in finding the answer to this question. And the search for an answer is a challenging and difficult time. There often is, most naturally, great resistance and fear. If you find the answer is yes, your entire life will change. It isn't something done lightly - to change one's entire life.
But as you search for the answer to your question, you must keep in mind Pope Benedict XVI's words ... "Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and He gives you everything. When we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundred-fold in return." Is this really true? Ask our sisters!
And as you search, pray fervently. Ask Him if He is calling you, and listen to his response. Kneel before His presence in the Blessed Sacrament, and open your heart to His will. It takes time. It takes faith. But, most importantly, it takes a willingness to truly open your heart to His will.
I am here to help you as best I can. I would be delighted to hear from you, and to try to answer your questions about religious life in general, and what it means to be a Dominican Sister of Hawthorne.
Our web site will provide you with detailed information about our Community. If you find you are interested in our Community, or if you have questions about us, please contact me. I will do all that I can to answer your questions, and to assist you in your discernment. Call me or e-mail me at anytime. If you leave a message, I will usually call you back within a few hours.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sister Alma Marie, O.P.