exactly a religious sister is, they areaware that the way I serve as “sister” is markedly different—radicallyavailable and truly present.
By my vows, I am called to be
sister to all, encountering Christ, to
whom I commit myself, in the every-
day situations of life. This commit-
ment holds me accountable to who I
declare myself to be and calls me to
authenticity, care, and compassion
in all that I do.
The greatest freedom
From time to time, I still get thequestion of why I became a sisterrather than committing myself tosingle life. “Surely, you would befreer,” the argument goes. In a way,I would. Free from the structures ofcommunity, I could do what I want.
Without vows, I could live on myown terms. Obedient to God’s willfor my life alone, I could focus onspecific projects without having toconsider a congregation.
All of this is true; I could stilllive my faith, love God, and witness to something greater as a singlewoman. Yet for me, being true tomyself is the greatest freedom thereis, and I am most truly myself as asister. To the question of why, myanswer is: “My whole life.” =
A version of this article originallyappeared in VISION 2016. RELATEDARTICLES: VocationNetwork.org, “Sixmyths about becoming a nun” and“Why I’m a Catholic sister.”
By my vows,I am calledto be sister to all,to whom I commitmyself, in theeveryday situationsof life.
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This is true whether a sisterwears a distinctive habit or not.
Being a sister is different from being a committed single woman inthe manner in which you are calledto witness. As a sister, my life isconsecrated to God. Even thoughthose I minister to on the margins ofinner-city life may not know what
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