[quote="llenadegracia, post:8, topic:309249"]
Absolutely. I've visited a few orders before and volunteered with various orders over the last few years, but I just couldn't imagine myself being called there. Exactly like you said - what they're doing is nice, but it wasn't what I was looking for. When I saw the work of DMMHL, it felt as if I had found the right key to unlocking a door.
I feel pretty strongly called towards the married life, but I'm definitely still discerning. It just felt good to see DMMHL and finally feel see an order I could see myself in. Obviously I haven't visited them nor talked to any of the sisters, but there's just a pull on my heart almost saying something like, "if you are called to religious life...DMMHL should be the/one of the first order you seriously discern with".
Like I said, still have a lot of discerning to do and right now I feel pretty called towards marriage. But I feel at peace having found this order.
And bassrac - I probably will eventually send you a message sometime once the start of this semester starts slowing down....definitely interested in hearing about your experience visting them.
Don't worry about marriage until you can't run the guy off. Even then, you have a choice of following God into the religious life, or honoring Him in your family members.
These sisters take parenting classes, which helps them raise these kids. They're more than an institution, they're a nurturing home. They teach the kids to pray when they feel like they're about to blow a gasket.
In a way, being a religious in this community would be like a marriage--Jesus as the daddy of the home, and you as the mother raising these kids to be productive citizens.