There are a couple of passages in St. Faustina’s Diary that have struck me regarding the souls of religious. It appears to me that Jesus is saying that the souls of the religious are more holy and pleasing to God. One specific mention of this is regarding the moon and stars:
“In the evening, I just about got into bed, and I fell asleep immediately. Though I fell asleep quickly, I was awakened even more quickly. A little child came and woke me up. The child seemed about a year old, and I was surprised it could speak so well, as children of that age either do not speak or speak very indistinctly. The child was beautiful beyond words and resembled the Child Jesus, and he said to me, Look at the sky. And when I looked at the sky I saw the stars and the moon shining. Then the child asked me, Do you see this moon and these stars? When I said yes, he spoke these words to me, **These stars are the souls of faithful Christians, and the moon is the souls of religious. Do you see how great the difference is between the light of the moon and the light of the stars? Such is the difference in heaven between the soul of a religious and the soul of a faithful Christian. **And he went on to say that, **True greatness is in loving God and in humility **(Diary, 424).”
In this specific passage, He also says that true greatness is in loving God and in humility, and I know elsewhere in the Diary, Jesus told St. Faustina that religious are held to a higher standard and often fall short (being judged more harshly than the lay faithful), but I still can’t help but wonder, are the souls of the religious more pleasing to God than the faithful in the lay community?
I am single and open to whatever and wherever God calls me; I only want to do what is most pleasing to Him. That being said, I want to correctly discern God’s will and not make assumptions about one vocation being more pleasing to Him than another.