Friday, December 23, 2011
Have you any advice for a young woman old enough to ask about a vocation?
Our Lord answers her in the Gospel: “Come and see.”
Each soul has her own story; each soul has her own graces and wounds, each soul is a world of her own. Vocations are not commodities to be traded. We must consider the question soul by soul.
There are young women who come to us with a desire to be called or persuaded that they are called, but we do not discern this call or that the necessary aptitudes are lacking. Instead, we encourage them to turn toward other communities or to get married, if such is the Divine Will. These souls belong to God. All who leave are tranquil about it because they see that we seek the will of God with them and for them.
When God calls, He provides everything one needs to follow Him. The call can be very discreet, deep in the soul. This is why one must pray. God will sooner or later shed light on the situation if one is responsive to His first advances.
Regarding our cloistered life, one must have a certain thirst for God, a need for silence and prayer and the grace to understand that behind the apparent inactivity is hidden, in pure faith, an inexhaustible richness of life. In a more active life, that soul would wilt and waste away; she would not give all that she could give. It would seem to steal God from her.
If God is God, then it is very fitting that He predestines some of His creatures to occupy themselves only with Him in the name of all mankind. It is similar to the angelic hierarchies, where certain ranks are turned only towards the Thrice Holy God.
These young women know upon entering the cloister that they must sacrifice their natural instinct to be a mother?
Who is more of a mother than a consecrated virgin? In uniting herself to God, she births souls for Him for all eternity.