Finding your way
What to know about God’s Call
You are in the right place!
Whether you are just curious about consecrated religious life (being a sister) or whether you are thinking more deeply about how God is calling you, you are welcome here.
As you browse through the rich resources on these pages, listen for that “tiny whispering sound” (See 1Kings 19:12) that is God-within-you calling you through your prayer and discernment. Enjoy!
I am a single Catholic woman, 19-years-old or more. I am not married.
If so, and if you do not have children who are dependent on you, you might consider consecrated religious life (being a sister) as an option for you. Learn more.
I believe what I choose to do with my life matters.
There is that famous line in one of Mary Oliver’s poems: “What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?” God loves you and made you for an important reason. When you recognize that, you can begin a fruitful discernment of the meaning and purpose of your life.
I have a curious mind and a seeker’s heart.
Curiosity about the universe and an openness to learn from Jesus how to live and be and move through the world are all you need to start thinking about religious life. You are already on your way!
I want to be intentional about what I choose.
This is important!
We use the word discernment to talk about making a choice for a life’s vocation. That means that you are choosing between two or more good things. Young adulthood is an important time of discernment. Time you spend discerning prayerfully about the way you choose to serve God with your life is never wasted.
I believe God’s Holy Spirit will guide my choice.
Christians have a relationship with God who is three-in-one: Father, Son, Spirit…Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. We live our lives entirely within this relational love and are guided by it in all we do. You can trust the guidance of God’s all-enfolding love as you move forward.
I recognize that I have three basic choices. Just three.
Many women find great comfort in this!
Your vocational choice is not the same as a career choice, where your options can seem endless.
A career choice determines what you do.
A vocation choice defines who you are.
For women who desire to make a life-choice rooted in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church there are three choices: married life, single life, or consecrated religious life. To which is your heart drawn?
- I may choose to be my best self in a married relationship.
- I may choose to give my life to God and the people of God in a form of consecrated religious life.
- I may choose to live my life as a single person.
All them are equally good choices. I may not be equally suited to all of them.
Here is a homily preached by Katherine Greiner for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. You might want to prayerfully read the scripture texts she preached on before viewing her preaching. Here they are:
First Reading: Is 45:1, 4-6
PSALM: Ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
Second Reading: 1 Thes 1:1-5B
GOSPEL: Mt 22:15-21
Turn to your Bible, or read the texts online.
How to Keep at it: Next Steps
Did the above statements ring true for you? If so, you are ready to travel on further. Here are some of the common questions that arise for women considering religious life in general and Springfield Dominican life in particular. See what you think.