I have volunteered with the homeless on and off for six years, and over time have felt drawn to live among the poor here in North America. I will, of course, bring this up again very directly and specifically in spiritual direction, but I'm interested in hearing what you wonderful people have to say. So, I know there are lots of people in the past who have lived among the poor, but they ended up starting a religious order. St. Francis, Mother Theresa, etc. I don't want to live in a convent and minister to the poor as a sister. I want to live with them, among them. Celibate. I'm not sure about being a religious. I just want to love them where they're at and actually be one with them. First I'm wondering about safety, seeing as I'm a young woman. Also, I'm just not really sure about this whole thing. I keep saying to myself "it's easy, just follow God. Wherever he leads" but I just don't know if this is practical. I do live in Canada, winters are cold! I don't know what I'd end up doing as one of them, because I'm obviously in no position to preach or anything like that. All I can see is being one of them, being Christ-like among them, going to daily Mass and adoration. Other than that...dunno.
SO my question, really, is this: do vocations HAVE to have a sort of ceremony? I don't know the right term (wasn't raised Catholic, don't know much :) ) But marriage has the wedding ceremony, priests have ordinations, and religious and hermits take vows. So... is this even possible? Thanks!