Is God Calling You To Be A Sister?
Have you noticed? It seems wherever I go – driving, walking, going to a social event, someone is always talking on a cell phone.
When I have been away from home or out of the office for a significant period of time, my natural tendency upon returning is to ask: Did anyone call?
We all want to be called. We want to feel connected knowing that others are thinking about us and care about our well-being.
God calls us many times during the course of a day. Instead of a cell phone, God speaks through the words of Scripture, the Eucharist, the Teachings of the Church and the people and events of our lives.
The Scriptures tell the story of God’s love for his people. God shows us in so many ways that he loves us uniquely:
“I have called you by name: You are mine.” Isaiah 43: 1
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you.” Jeremiah 29: 11
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31: 3
“It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you.” John 15: 16
By placing his spirit within us, God invites us to experience his love and share it with others.
Vocation is about God’s call and our response. The vocations of marriage, ordained priesthood, the consecrated life and the single life involve sharing God’s love with others.
God invites us to be disciples who “go out to the whole world and tell the good news.”
Life as a Sister is a wonderful Love Story. The most frequently asked question that I hear is: How will I know that God is calling me? My immediate response is: Pray and Listen. For it is there in the depths of our hearts that God speaks.
From the time I was a child I knew that I wanted to be a Sister. I used to love watching the Sisters who lived nearby were walking in the neighborhood. I would talk to my friends about Sisters. When I graduated from Regis College, I had already set my wedding date. Yet, I kept thinking about being a Sister. God was calling me. And I could not resist. I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1976. Some thirty-two years later, I can honestly say that entering religious life is the best decision that I ever made.
Father Albert Dilanni, SM has written a wonderful book: Religious Life as an Adventure. Every vocation is an adventure if lived with joy and fidelity. We open ourselves and allow God to take us to places that we may never have chosen or wanted to go. Sisters profess Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. The Vows free us to love and be more available to others. Our lives as religious Sisters “affirm the primacy of God and eternal life.” Sisters live in community. Living with other Sisters in a communal setting is a great blessing for we come to know ourselves as God knows us.
As the Delegate for Religious for the Archdiocese of Boston, I have the great blessing of seeing up close the lives and ministries of so many Sisters. Each day I am inspired by their selfless love and compassion for those most in need. More than 80 communities of Sisters are present here.
God is still calling. The links on this website offer an introduction to many religious communities of Sisters. If you hear God calling you, do not be afraid to: “Go out into the Deep.” Luke 5: 1. God will be with you every step of the way.
If I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sister Marian Batho, CSJ
Delegate for Religious