Hi all! I would like to request your prayers for an important intention. I have been discerning religious life off and on for 4 years and, though I have tried many times to put the idea out of my head, it inevitably comes back stronger than before. It has happened again recently. I thought that I would forget about religious life and discern marriage, but I couldn’t shake the desires of my heart to become a bride of Christ.
I have discerned with several religious orders including the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus (Northern Province) and the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Both orders I met in person, and both were not for me. Now, I am discerning with the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, MI. I am trying to get a hold of Sr. Catherine Marie who is their vocation director so I can arrange a visit when I save up enough money. I also had a generous offer from a benefactor to help me pay for the visit.
I cannot help but think that I might be called to enter in the next year. I’ve been trying to decide which university to attend next semester when I graduate with my 2-year degree in December. It has not been easy. It doesn’t feel right for some reason. Whenever I look at a religious order online, I sense that God is calling me to enter sooner than I expected.
Please pray for me. I need to discern if I am truly called to enter the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Thanks!