Sunday, September 18, 2011
Greetings fellow discerners!
I want to share with you my journey of finding a good community.
When I became Catholic in 2004, I thought that all sisters were the same. What I noticed was that I was disturbed by a few of the communities that didn't wear the full habit. Most of the sisters were involved in social justice activities.
Although social justice is very important in the Church, I am not called to this ministry. I believe I am called to educate others in adult faith formation programs. I would also like to teach English as well.
With that in mind, I must say that I receive suggestions of religious communities. However, I wish people would stop giving me suggestions and offer me prayer support. I have a spiritual director who challenges me to live the Gospel daily. He told me that many saints refused to please men. Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila is about having an authentic experience with the Lord provided that one does fall into pride...pleasing others to get attention.
I ask for your prayers that God would change my heart. I realize that sometimes I want attention from others because I am discerning a call. I don't want to please the world. I desire to please God alone.
I will be visiting a community in October. The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows in Oregon are traditional and they follow the Magisterium. The superior general, vocation directress, and a postulant will be on a Catholic radio station in Portland. Go to www.kbvm.fm for more details.
Pax et bonum!