Do you feel like you were made for something more? Does nothing satisfy? Are you feeling unsettled and unhappy even though you are preoccupying yourself with things you like? Do you feel God tugging in your heart? Do you feel Him calling you even though you are afraid of what that might mean? Perhaps Jesus might be calling you to religious life!
Religious life is a radical response of love to God who calls us. We say yes to God in religious life when we want to give ourselves unreservedly with total trust to Him without conditions.
Through the vow of chastity, we exclusively belong to the Lord, and we give our hearts to God, becoming espoused to Him. The vow of chastity frees us to love God with all our hearts, with all our soul, and with all our strength (Deut. 6:5)
Through the vow of poverty, we declare God to be our only treasure. All things become secondary and find their proper place in relation to God. Through the vow of poverty, we trust that God always provides for our needs, especially in community.
Through the vow of obedience, we freely submit our most prized possession, our wills, our selves. Our vow of obedience is a form of trust in God we exercise by following the legitimate commands of our superiors in obedience to God’s will.
A woman discerning our congregation must be between 18-35 years of age, have a high school diploma, have good physical, mental and emotional health, along with a pastor’s or spiritual director’s letter of recommendation.
I came into this weekend being completely open and without expectations or reservations… what I received was a gift from God that I am still praising Him for. What struck me was the Sisters’ reverence for our Lord, their steadfast contemplation, dedicated love for those they serve and for one another, and loyalty to the Gospel and the Church — a blend of so much I have been searching for sometime. This is a very special community, and I experienced this in the little time I spent with the Sisters. I look forward to learning more about their love for Christ! Tina
Christ took on the Dominican habit this week, not only in how I envision Him as I contemplate but also in the reality and the presence of these Sisters. For as much as I find myself talking “about” VERITAS, it has touched me in such an intimate way this week. I look forward to going back to my studies at Aquinas Institute to continue to pursue the TRUTH with the light from this joyful experience. This blessed and graced time spent with these beautiful women of God confirmed and deepened my love for the Dominican charism, spirituality, and family.
I wanted to say thank you again for the retreat. All of the times and laughter and the talks with the sisters and the other girls are running through my mind constantly. I have new hope and positivity about becoming a sister. I had more fear and anxiety about it and now, I feel more peaceful and eager to give myself entirely to Jesus. I have been thinking a lot about being open to God’s will in religious life. It was a real blessing to work with the residents – life is so precious, all life is so precious. The first moment when I fed resident was very powerful and very real. It is hard to put it into words. I had never helped such a helpless person before. Please keep praying for me.
I had a wonderful time with sisters and co-participants this week. I had a chance to see and experience more deeply the life in the convent and to discern my vocation. On Thursday God put in my heart the answer to questions regarding my vocation which I prayed for. He also put a stable and peaceful want of being a closed cloistered Carmelite. This is who I want to be (…). I just hope it is a true vocational call which I will give more time to test, but I will not hesitate too long. I leave it to God now.