Habit forming: In religious life, young women gain interior freedom, more family – Detroit Catholic: Read Catholic News & Stories

When a young woman becomes a religious sister, she commits her life to God, taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  It’s well known what she’ll be giving up to do so — marriage, and the option to have children of her own, for one. A renunciation of the modern way of life, a religious sister also gives up material comforts, owning everything in common with her religious community.  But a religious vocation involves another hidden sacrifice — saying goodbye to a relationship with one’s parents and family as one knows it.  On paper, there are many reasons this countercultural choice might not seem like a good idea. But talk to any sister and her biological family, and it’s clear that the moment she says “yes” to a vocation as a bride of Christ, much is gained — not only for her, but those close to her. 

Habit forming: In religious life, young women gain interior freedom, more family – Detroit Catholic: Read Catholic News & Stories

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