Last March 6, ten of our sisters entered the novitiate. The novitiate is a period of rigid formation, where in the sisters are immersed in prayers, brotherly love and serice. After passing this fromation, then they will be accepted to profess the religious vows.
Thus, our reflection is geared on the vocation to the religious life. A sweet call of Jesus to develop an intimate relationship with Him through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity , and obedience. Fr. Al has given us the simple way of checking whether we are being called to the relgiious life. These 4 questions which when answered with firm YES would lead one to a realizaion that God may be calling her to the religious life. These questions are : a) Do you want to pray?; b) Do you want to serve Jesus present in the poor ? c) Do you wish to live a life of chastity and renounce family life? d) Do you have the courage to renounce the world, your personal ambition, your family in order to follow Jesus?
His holiness John Paul II exhorted the faithful to pray for vocations by saying:
In the period of Lent the Church prays for vocations, priestly and religious. This is a problem of which is not possible to think in any other way than by appealing to grace, the fullness of which is in the crucified and risen Christ.
"We all pray in order that the young, boys and girls, may discover within themselves the grace of vocation, as a special gift for the Church, a gift that Christ Himself grafts on their hearts; and that they may follow this call without looking back and without being afraid of their weakness, of the spirit of this world, and of the 'prince of darkness'.
"If we pray for this, then we are certain: the Lord of the harvest will answer our request."