Several years ago, a visiting priest gave a homily on vocations and being called to religious life. After Mass, one of my friends who had struggled through Mass trying to keep her four sons in line remarked that she had just told her husband that she was being called to religious life at that very moment!
There are times when the road not traveled seems very appealing, but the truth is that ALL vocations are difficult. Due to sin and our human weakness, the road to follow Christ is fraught with difficulty no matter which path we are on - whether we are single, married, or in religious life. So, we do our best to discern where God wants us to be and then we need to pick up our cross and follow and do the best we can with this day.
Sr. Boguslawa Baginska of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Cherry Hill, NJ, reflected on being called to religious life in the December 2014 issue of Columbia Magazine.
To anyone who is being called to a religious life, I would say to trust in God's grace and have courage. Being a religious in today's world is not easy. Being pure, obedient and poor is challenging. But being a faithful husband or wife, being a good mother or father is also difficult. We are just human beings. We make mistakes. We are weak, but God is strong.