For the Salesian Sisters, family is so important, so I have been spending the past few weeks visiting the families of the eight young women who will be entering on August 4th. I just returned from Illinois from visiting the family of Into the Deep and the week before I visited with PopRoxNSoda24‘s family.
It is very encouraging for me to see so many young women interested in religious life. Every day I get about a dozen emails asking about the Salesian Sisters. Each one is similar in that the women say to me something like, “You know, Sister, I keep trying to ignore it, but I just HAVE to find out more. The thought of being a Sister just keeps coming back to me.”
The Holy Spirit is persistent and if God is calling you to religious life I encourage you to not delay, but to keep your lamp lit with prayer and follow the inspiration of the Lord. As John Paul the Great said at WYD 2002, “And if, in the depths of your hearts, you feel the same call to the priesthood or consecrated life, do not be afraid to follow Christ on the royal road of the Cross! At difficult moments in the Church’s life, the pursuit of holiness becomes even more urgent. And holiness is not a question of age; it is a matter of living in the Holy Spirit, just as Kateri Tekakwitha did here in America and so many other young people have done.”
35“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:35-40)