[quote="JoshuaDurham, post:1, topic:322616"]
I mentioned in another thread that I think God is calling me to some form of service. I'm torn between the secular priesthood and religious life. When I mentioned this to another Catholic she said I should not think about religious life, as it doesn't actively help people like parish priests do. We were talking about monks not friars. She went as far to say that someone who chooses to become a monk or a nun, instead of a priest/friar/sister are selfish.
Does anyone else think that? Is the priesthood a superior vocation?
she would be wrong to say that monks or friars or other religious orders don't help people. the simple fact is they do. Now granted its not the charism of many religious to go out into parishes and minister to people and be at a parish. Even for some religious communities there charism isn't even to interact with people outside of their order. Just because religious brothers and sisters aren't visibly helping the Church at times or may be cloistered of a hermit doesn't mean they aren't helping the Church. I'll say this the Monk's at my seminary are doing alot for the future of the Church, they are training future priests, there are a couple of monasteries who do this. Lots of dominican sisters are teaching the faithful and are in schools and so on and so forth. Then you have your cloistered sisters and hermits, who I think are the back bone of the Church and this is why because most cloistered sisters and hermits their charism is prayer and they pray ALOT, I can pretty much gaurentee you that the prayers cloistered sisters and hermits are offering for the Church are helping it stay aflote, and would even say more that these prayers help to keep guys from falling into serious sin in seminary that might get them kicked out, they help priest avoid scandal, they help priests who may be doubting their vocation, they help bishops who are swamped with work in a large diocese, they even help the pope. The prayer of religious orders is what allows the Church to stay strong. I consider myself very blessed that I meet some Nashville dominican sisters and that they probably pray for me daily, I need prayers just as much as every other person if not more.
so in conclusion no those who choose a life who may not help the people as much (which isn't true religious brothers sisters and priests help people just as much if not more than secular priests) but their work for the church in education, ministry to the poor, and prayer allow the Church to do what she does, and this is far from selfish.