Vocation Question


Hello all,

I am new here and I have been discerning a vocation to religious life for about 3 years. I am 19 years old and am actually entering a community (Poor Clares) in February. I am making this post because I have two questions to ask.

I really love the Poor Clares but ever since I have discerned with them I never really had/have a devotion to Sts. Francis and Clare. I don’t know what it is but I just can’t seem to be close to them or relate to them. I don’t know if that really matters anyway, does it?

Also, on and off in my discernment I always have feelings and desires to get married and raise my own family. And I always think, wow, I am going to miss out in pregnancy and raising my own children. Those were the things that were exciting to me when I was little. And every time my parents or sister brings up religious life and talk about the order I am entering I don’t feel as excited as I think I should. I almost feel anxious and it is like the inside of me feels like it is shying away from it. Does anyone have any advice on this? I just don’t know how to go about this. And I am also sort depressed that this would be happening with just a short month away from entering. I thought I would be more excited. Please pray for me.

God bless.


Remember, that there will be a period of time, after entering the order, that you will be discerning if that is really what God wants for you.

By any chance have you seen the movie on DVD “Clare and Francis”? It can be bought on Amazon or at Ignatius Press. I have watched it as least six times over the years, and have had friends over to watch it.

It is excellent, in my opinion.


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