Women and Vocations


#1

As an Irish man it was so normal to see contemporaries go into the convent (in fact in astonishingly large numbers) now we see the Irish church providing almost no new nuns. But is the simple fact that there is more choice for women now other than 10 kids or the convent. Because that WAS the choice


#2

[quote="Jimmygill88, post:1, topic:288706"]
As an Irish man it was so normal to see contemporaries go into the convent (in fact in astonishingly large numbers) now we see the Irish church providing almost no new nuns. But is the simple fact that there is more choice for women now other than 10 kids or the convent. Because that WAS the choice

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There is also the fact that many, many religious orders, especially women's orders lost their charism. They abandoned community living, regular prayer and Mass attendance, and the habit.

When the choice to become a sister became that of being a social worker or teacher, who lives alone in an apartment, and wears pantsuits, is there any wonder few women are attracted?

If you're not living a religious life, you can marry and still do all the same things that many modern sisters do.

God Bless


#3

I agree with bilop, a lot of the problem is that many congregations lost the spirit of their founders. That is why they are dying, not because women have a better choice now. There are orders and communities that are thriving and flourishing, those that have remained loyal to their traditions and their spirituality.

I don't know if it was your intention but you make it sound like consecrated like or marriage are just fallbacks when there's no other option. They are sacred vocations and should be treated with due respect and dignity. One doesn't become a Religious because there's no better choice, they become a Religious because God is calling them to His service.


#4

Seeing the other side of last posts.
Is it the Religious Orders who lost the shinning light? Or the Society that looks down only to their bellies?
Look: the one who calls are not the religious orders but Jesus Christ. Is there time enough in Europe (let us forget Ireland) to listen to Jesus Christ? Is empty enough space for Him to enter our souls? Or are our souls so filled with “important” matters that Jesus Christ does not matter anymore?


#5

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