The Vocation to Religious (‘Consecrated’) Life
The call to religious life is always marked by a desire to serve God and God’s people, to care for the needy and to bring people to experience God’s love. But, since ministry is a part of every vocation, service is not the distinguishing characteristic of a call to consecrated life as a member of a religious congregation. The uniqueness of the call to religious life is in living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in community. The essential service of the religious men and women is to witness to all the faithful that each of us is called to treat things, persons, and our own self with respect and as ultimately belonging to God. At the heart of the call to religious life is a desire to give oneself to God in a way so total that the pursuit of union with God makes it impossible for anyone or anything to be more central. One becomes unavailable for marriage!
Signs of a Call to Religious (‘Consecrated’) Life
- Love of God that manifests itself in a desire to give ones life as a witness to the immensity of God’s love for all people.
- Ability to relate with a variety of people, to be happy alone or in a group
- Joy in serving others in any outreach or parish involvement.
- Ability to listen to others and accept direction when needed.
- Desire to love expansively rather than needing an intimate relationship with one person.
- Desire to grow in union with God through prayer and service of the needy.