Thanks be to God for your openness to seeking His will for your life. God, In His great love, God has prepared a place for each of us in this life, a place where we will find the greatest happiness if we are faithful to it, the place where we can do the most good for others and most easily grow in holiness. Discernment, while sometimes frustrating, is a beautiful time of spiritual growth, as a soul begins to yearn more and more for God and for prayer.
God knows each of us perfectly and calls us in unique ways, so you cannot expect your discernment to be like someone else's, but you can be sure He will speak to you in the way that you individually need to hear him. We must sincerely seek His will, ask His guidance, and open ourselves to unknown possibilities. He will not fail us.
If you feel that there is a persistent tugging at your heart, an invitation that will not be dismissed, pray for guidance and do not be afraid to follow His call. Open yourself, your heart, to whatever He may be asking. Say with Our Lady, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word.” Do not place limits or conditions on your response; His call, wherever it may be, is of love beyond imagining, prepared uniquely for your soul. Pray for the grace to be open, for wisdom to understand, and to be courageous in following it through. Trust Him at all times.
Consecrated life is a journey of love, where we seek to raise our passions to a supernatural level: to love God as our spouse, and others for His sake, giving our whole self to Him and His service, bringing others to know and share more fully in His love.
Spiritual practices that will greatly assist your discernment, revealing the mystery of His will, include:
• Frequent attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
• Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
• Regular reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation
• Daily Rosary
• Marian Consecration is highly recommended
• Times of silence and prayer
• Good spiritual reading, especially the lives of the saints
Discernment Within Our Community
When a young woman wishes to learn more about us or to discern a possible calling to our community, she should contact the Vocation Director, who may invite them to attend one of our retreats so that she may spend time with the Sisters and see our apostolate first-hand. During that visit, time is set aside for speaking privately about the young woman's discernment and possible further steps.
To be eligible for discernment with our community, young women must be:
• Between the ages of 17-30
• A Practicing Catholic for a minimum of two years
• Not a primary care-giver in the foreseeable future
• Ability to live according to the norms of this life
The road to Heaven is truly narrow. We've found the road. If you are interested in obtaining vocational information for yourself or others, please contact us!