How to know you are called...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I visited the Carmelite Nuns a week ago, and Mother Prioress borrowed a book to me, called "MY BELOVED: The Story of A Carmelite Nun." I've only finished the 3rd Chapter, where Mother Catherine Thomas of Divine Providence (the author of this book) told the story of how she received the many discouragements from her family, and even from a priest.

I still cannot share much with you, but here's something said by the Mother Prioress of Carmel-by-the-Sea in Carlifornia to Mother Catherine Thomas in her search for confirmation:

"When God gives a vocation He gives all the graces and helps necessary to follow it, enabling the soul to triumph over all obstacles. If the obstacles are insurmountable, that is sufficient evidence that the soul's desire is not inspired by Our Lord."

Allow me to share a little bit about my calling...

I have been attracted to a life lived totally for God since I was 13 or 14 years old. At the age of 17 or 18, I somewhat felt that God is NOT calling me to marriage. I shared it with my friends and family, only to get ridiculed by them. They said that I was still too young to make such a statement, and would be thinking differently when I grow much older. Now, I've reached the age of 24 and I'm still totally single; I don't even have my first love. How can I date another guy when my heart is totally occupied with God?

Today, this desire of giving my life totally to God is stronger than ever. And today, there is no more doubt that I am called to give my total service and love to God alone.

For all of you who are decerning a religious life, keep praying. Do not be discouraged by any one. Your heart knows whether you are truly called as a religious nun or priest.


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