In her autobiography, Story of a Soul, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux writes, "In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be love!" Love, she realized, comprises all vocations. She understood that it was love alone that sustained the Church in being, love alone that led the Apostles to preach the Gospel and martyrs to shed their blood. It was in love that God sent His only Son to the world, to share in our humanity that we might share in His divinity in eternal life. It was in love that Christ humbled Himself by obedience to the point of death on a Cross, thereby freeing us from the bonds of sin. Since the first time I read those words, I resolved to adopt them as my own little way to Eternal Communion with God.
In the past two years of deep discernment, I have discovered that Our Lord has invited me to "be love" through a total self-gift to Him in a vocation to religious life. Through much prayer before Our Eucharistic Lord in Adoration, frequenting the Sacraments, and periodic visits with the community, I found that God was calling me to the Sisters of Life, a contemplative/active religious Order founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor, dedicated to reverence and gratitude for the unique and unrepeatable gift of each human life. In addition to the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the Sisters of Life take a fourth vow for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death.
Throughout my discernment, I meditated on this charism of life, recognizing within it a resonance with my little proclamation, "I will be love!" Life is our first experience of God's love, for in love He creates us and in love He sustains us in being. In becoming a Sister of Life, I would be offering my own life to love -- to love the unborn, to love the mothers, to love all such that I might lead them to see and desire the love of Christ, the Author of Life. In loving as He loves, I hope to reveal the inherent beauty of the gift of life. Nourished by the Eucharist, sustained by prayer, I aspire to give completely of myself in being His little instrument, revealing His beautiful plan for life and love.
The confirmation of my vocation that I found in prayer was reaffirmed by my recent acceptance to the postulancy. God has blessed me abundantly through it all, and with His continued Providential guidance, I eagerly anticipate this next step on my journey! As I continue to follow Him faithfully—cultivating silence that I might listen to that still, small voice of Christ that speaks in the depths of my heart—I aspire to live my little mission of love. I have set out to make of my life one beautifully sculpted act of perfect love; I strive for personal holiness that will cause Love to be loved by others, and seek to complete even the smallest of actions with the greatest of love. I continually turn to encounter Him in the Eucharist, that I might be conformed to Him and united wholly to Him, prefiguring my one objective: eternal Communion with Him for Whom I live.
And so, as Saint Thérèse said, and I now repeat with audacious confidence and inestimable hope, I will be love! I pray that I may always serve to satiate Christ’s thirst for love by being love—acting as an instrument of His love to all those whose lives intersect with my own.
With your help, I will be able to begin this vocational journey of LIFE and LOVE! Please consider making a donation to help pay off my student loans, and if you are unable to assist financially, I ask for your prayers in this time of joy as I follow Christ where He leads!
Thank you, and may God continue to bless you abundantly! Know of my prayers for each of you!
In Christ, my life,
To learn more about the Sisters of Life, please see the promotional video created by Salt & Light Media that I have included in the gallery.