[quote="cara1, post:14, topic:244726"]
All of the above comments are true. However, these are facts that many discerners, and I suspect, young discerners, do not have in mind while they are discerning--and they should. Uncertainty. Having no control. Putting yourself in a position where you lose your ability to react to and control situations, especially in contemplative life, and gain the likelihood of needing it. You love that beautiful monastery--your community has lost it. Your community is dissolved. Your bedroom is now on the second floor. You are required to perform skills that you have long since lost. Your bedroom is now on the second floor. You can climb stairs only with great difficulty. Not only that, your community had no say in these decisions. Someone else decided for you. This is why it is important to find out the community's financial status before you enter, and not twenty years down the road.
Forgive me, but you are still looking at it from a worldly view. You surrender your life to God....and if it is in the plans that you change monastery, well, you change monastery.Comfortable or not. Read up on the discacled carmelites nuns where the original foundress in Mexico was exiled from Mexico, went to Cuba, had to wear their habit than secular clothes on top of that they would not get killed, about food deprivations big time., etc etc etcI do not think those who entered the convent in Mexico had this in mind.
Anyone who follows the call from Christ will not, in my mind, look at the financial feasibility of the community they want to enter. They may enquire, pass it throught the Lord and Superiors, but when details you mention really do come to mind, I beg to differ to think whether there is truly a vocation in question or just a career....
Surrender to God's will is paramount....there is nothing else. He ordains all things. The convent that is secure last decade may not be when the postulant becomes fully professed. It is what it is....:shrug: