Hello! I’m new here so I apologize if this isn’t in the right section…I’m 14 years old and I don’t really have a religious background. I’ve only recently found God(2 1/2 months ago). I have a lot of questions and I don’t have anyone else to ask. My family isn’t religious. They aren’t atheists but they don’t follow the catholic faith or any religion. I’ve gone to church twice…I think. I don’t even own a bible so I was hoping someone could help me understand a few things. Around the end of March I came across this video about nuns. I thought it was wonderful. The life of a nun is everything that I’ve ever wanted in life. Growing your own food, helping others, praying all day, building your relationship with God, living a solitary lifestyle( not owning many things), and living in that kind of community. Plus they have a cat(: So that night I prayed. I didn’t really know how to pray but I did my best. It was the most amazing feeling. I could literally feel my heart become warmer(if that makes sense). I could feel warmth and I felt loved and I just cried. Over the past couple of months, anytime I have felt that the idea of becoming a nun is silly, I feel a sense of reassurance. I feel that it’s what I’m meant to do. I feel happier when I think about it. Recently, I’ve felt the urge to go to a catholic school. I don’t know why. I honestly can’t explain it but I know that I have to do it. It’s like this weird feeling that I just have to do it with no question. I told my mom who is open to the idea and has even started researching schools for me. I’m still not sure if this is the right. If anyone has suggestions or opinions on callings, catholic schools, bibles, etc they would all be greatly appreciated. I’m really not sure where to start. Again, sorry if this is in the wrong section.
I was raised a Baptist but I was very attracted to the Catholic Church from my earliest days. And during that time, I also thought that perhaps, some day, I would be come nun. Eventually, the idea of being a sister fell by the wayside, but I eventually was received into the Catholic Church in 1990, when I was 29.
I would advise you to start praying. Read the Catechism, the official teaching of the Church. Ask your parents to take you to Mass. Whatever steps you take, you’ll grow in knowledge of the faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Also, call a local parish priest if you can. He’ll have great advice for you.
In the meantime, I pray that the Holy Spirit leads you to the Catholic Church. You’re not here by mistake.
Thank you for your advice. I will definitely start reading the Catechism. I hope to find a church close by. I would have to go by myself which I’m very nervous about.
Below the video is a catechism on vocations, it is definitely worth a read.
I am assuming you are Catholic? If you aren’t going to Mass…then that would be the first step. A vocation should go hand in hand with the sacraments. As you said that you are 14, have you been confirmed yet? If you haven’t, start attending Catechism class
I don’t know what being confirmed means. I’m not officially Catholic. I’m more converting from nothing to Catholic but I don’t know how long that takes.
How to become Catholic:
1 Start watching EWTN especially the Journey Home youtube.com/playlist?list=PL97DC29A06F85B07E
2 Get Catholic Bible like the Haydock Bible available free online here: [veritasbible.com/commentary/haydock](http://www.veritasbible.com/commentary/haydock)
Unfortunately you probably won’t be able to find a hard copy of the Haydock so I recommend the Knox or the Ignatius Bible when the time comes.
3 Get a Catechism of the Catholic Church available free online here:
4 Go to your local Catholic church and sign up for RCIA. You may need a parents permission. They will give classes for you to attend and see that you recieve the sacraments. Hopefully the classes will accurately represent church teaching, but they might not, so keep watching EWTN and posting questions here.
You could start by going to Church and ask for attending the lessons (for around 2 years) to become a catholic. You could get Baptized, First Communion and Confirmation after finished the whole course. You have to get baptized to become a real catholic, for receiving a new life from heaven. God bless!!
And sure, if you want to become a nun you need to be a catholic first.
This is why it would be great for you to talk to a priest first. And then you could understand what is ahead of you. Feel free to ask for prayers in the prayer intention board. We would love to support you in your journey.
Take things one step at a time. You have to become a Catholic and live a Christian prayer life before discerning a vocation. Watching EWTN daily Mass online is always good. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in question and answer format is at:
Catholics Come Home: