Discernment and Retreats
What is God's Purpose For My Life?
Our modern society asks us what we want to be, what we want to do with our lives… We, as Catholic Christians, are called to ask a different question: What is God’s purpose for my life? What is my vocation, Lord? Then pray, listen and wait. In time, God will reveal your vocation.
As you continue to pray and live your life, in the place and community where you are, God will reveal the way He wishes you to live your spiritual motherhood and womanhood.
It is necessary for one called to the Consecrated Life to understand the beauty of the married life and even to feel drawn to both. Both vocations complement and explain each other beautifully.
When God wishes to reveal your vocation, He often increases the desire in you for either married life or consecrated life. Be attentive to the signs that God could be leading you in that way. Fervently pray and seek direction from a trusted religious mentor, your confessor or spiritual director; if you feel a movement in your heart to either vocation, follow God’s inspiration.
To be called to be espoused to Him is a life long journey. Your first “yes”in response to answering His call will be repeated each day and will grow a garden of love in your heart just as Jesus grew in Mary’s womb after her “Yes. Be it done unto me according to Your word”. The Consecrated Life brings one to a total self-surrender to God.
Remember, discernment is God revealing your vocation to you. In His time, you will know. You’re not choosing which way of life you want.You are preparing to respond to God’s personal invitation to holiness through a specific way of life.
Just as the love of a spouse would prompt him or her to follow the beloved to the four corners of the world, so too will a religious leave her family in pursuit of a greater love as a bride of Christ. God has chosen in a special way those He has invited to be His own.
Questions and Answers
- Allow God to speak to you in the silence of your heart. Make time for prayer and reflection.
- Pray to the Holy Spirit to help discern the will of God.
- Speak to a priest or a member of aReligious Community. A vocations director from a Religious Community that you feel drawn to will be able to help you.
- Reading, praying, and speaking to vocation directors are all very good things. However, there’s nothing quite like actually visiting a Religious Community. It’s very hard to get a real glimpse of Religious Life without experiencing it firsthand. A website, phone call, or videos can only tell so much!
We invite women ages 18-30 to take time to listen to His voice as they discern their vocation to Religious Life. Discernment retreats are held at the Holy Family Novitiate in Baltic, CT. This prayerful opportunity will provide a firsthand experience living with the Sisters.At this time of pandemic we are doing our best to connect with those who are discerning their vocation. We are not hosting in-house retreats this fall, but we have been scheduling phone and video calls instead and we ask you to keep an eye out for virtual retreats. We hope to invite young women in the new year.