I feel a calling to do more and I’m still in the process of figuring things out through prayer. I feel a strong attraction to the religious life. There’s already an order I really really like. However, I have crohns and manage it with medicine and diet. While I’m in remission, it’s a chronic illness.
I know that this is a deal breaker to become a nun or sister. I understand the financial burden the medical costs can be for an order. I guess I just want someone that knows more than me to definitely confirm that there’s no way. For example, I’ve heard of orders that accept older vocations. I’ve also read that women with student debts should not be deterred and can consult ways to decrease this debt or work with it ect.
I’m 23 and have no debt but I have this health condition. Perhaps an apostolic order has other arrangements? Maybe there is an order that has an agreement with a hospital for the health care of their members? I’m making this up of course. It’s just frustrating to feel a calling and know that in reality I can’t. It disrupts my discernment process. It’s a constant back and forth between the calling and the abrupt “might as well forget it because I have crohns.”
If it is the case that there’s no order that will accept my situation, then it’s ok. I certainly don’t want to be a burden. It just wouldn’t be what God’s calling me for. I’d also feel a relief so I can continue my path and see what he does want from me.