As a Sister
Sr. Pat reflects on her vocation
“I think many people see a vocation to consecrated life as a difficult calling. I thought it would be when I first entered the Sisters of St. Joseph right after high school. I thought I was giving up a lot and doing a great thing for God. One of the sisters told me I would receive far more than I would give, and I was quite skeptical about that. However, it didn’t take me long to realize how right she was. I found real happiness as I learned about the life of a sister and began to live it.
“I am deeply grateful to God for the gift of my vocation. I have received a treasured gift from God, and I believe consecrated life is a treasured gift to the church and the world. I believe this because we need the witness of men and women who live the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience in a public way. As Christians, whether married, single, or called to live a consecrated life, we live these counsels.
The meaning of her vows
”Our vow of chastity does not mean that we do not have wonderful relationships with others. It means that our primary relationship and one that we work at, as married people work at their relationship with their spouse, is with Jesus.
“Through the vow of poverty, women and men religious are called to be a counter-sign to the consumerism that is so much a part of our society today. We are blessed to have what we need to live a balanced and healthy life.
“The third vow, obedience, calls us to testify by our lives to what it means to listen for God’s voice in making decisions. That is what obedience is about.
“In a world that fosters individualism and looking out for oneself, consecrated life is called to exemplify, by life in community and by relationships through ministry, that we are all brothers and sisters called to live in loving union with one another.”
By Pat Boucher CSJ