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Happy Sunday!! :) I'll be starting RCIA in a few weeks, with the intention of becoming Catholic in the spring. I am also in the early steps of discerning a religious vocation to the consecrated life. Right now, I feel particularly drawn to the Poor Clares and the Carmelites. I'm planning to wait a couple of years after my conversion before trying to enter a community - I want some time to learn and grow in my new faith first! :) But I would like to begin preparing for a religious vocation now, if this is God's will for my life. Do you have any advice for how I can prepare myself for the consecrated, contemplative lifestyle here at home?
Thank you so much! :)
Welcome home to Rome!
You will need to be Catholic 3 years before you can enter religious life.
Teresa and Clare are the two most popular foundresses as far as cloistered nuns are concerned, but there are 13 observances of Poor Clare life.
Look locally first.
Practice interior silence.
Develop an horarium which includes the LOTH, Angelus, Divine Mercy, Sacraments, etc.
Carmel is for everyone. Teresa is a post-Reformation Doctor of the Church, and her revelations explain the interior life, as does St. Francis de Sales. He is another you should look into because VatII actually wanted religious to embrace his spirituality of gentleness. (We have Oblates of St. Francis de Sales priests here locally, and we were told this during a homily).
The Spiritual Directory of St. Francis de Sales is a good place to start where a structured day is concerned.
Study the spiritualities and the different religious rules.
I also offer this link: cloisters.tripod.com/