[quote="amsjj, post:7, topic:337427"]
She has had no less than three disappointments.' I could only answer, although kindly, that I feared she would have a fourth."
[quote="triumphguy, post:8, topic:337427"]
Religious life is a vocation, not therapy, or an escape for the "evils" or "travails" of the world.
I know. Maybe my "lesser of two evils" comment was a distraction; I was trying to ask about a person who sees that sadness will persist no matter what they do, but they can picture being less sad if they pursue becoming a priest or nun rather than a doctor or mechanic or something. I wasn't trying to ask about a sad person who is just trying to escape "real life," although I think that Theresa of Avila originally entered Carmel because it was either that or marrying someone, and marriage looked worse (according to the movie anyway, lol!)
[quote="coachdennis, post:9, topic:337427"]
The Christian life is the way THROUGH life, not the way OUT OF life.
I was trying to give a scenario with two people who both want to do the will of God and may have a vocation to the religious life and aren't trying to escape life (sorry, sometimes I have to explain myself a lot before anyone can figure out what I'm saying :p)
The first person finds that their love for God and other people is in the will alone more than the emotions. They expect to be dry no matter what they do in life. They don't have much hope that they will feel "fulfilled" as a religious and yet they would still rather enter religious life than pursue secular options. They act kindly yet they don't really have close friends and their family doesn't understand why anyone would be celibate and poor for life by choice.
The second person has courageous, excited feelings about the direction their life is taking and expects to be happy and fulfilled (in spite of the trials). They are popular and beloved in their parish and have a strong support group of family and friends, and they are whole and strong because they have done the whatever-it-is that grownup people do to "heal past wounds" (I'm entirely clear on what this means, but I seem to hear it a lot).
(The first person is a little like me and some of the anecdotes I've heard, and the second person is a little like other anecdotes, as well as a younger, prettier, smarter girl who says "Awesome!" a lot using only one syllable. :D)