Your Personal Call to the Table

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

If you want a sign from Scripture about religious life – and whether you are being called – read Mark 2:13.

It’s the story where Jesus is questioned about eating with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician. … I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I’ve heard many women, when asked whether they’ve thought of religious life, say I’m not good enough. I’m not holy enough.

They have a list of past behaviors and experiences that, they think, disqualify them.

Well, we all are sinners, whether we recognize and admit it or not. There are times in our lives that we need more healing than others. In fact, it’s a lifelong process to heal and deepen our relationship with God.

As Deidre Cornell writes in Give Us this Day, “Sometime sinners are just people waiting to be called to the table.”

Yes!!! A Sister started me on the road to religious life years ago when she invited me – called me – to visit her community.

We all respond to personal invitations. We feel like we belong, and will be welcomed. Sometimes, it feels like a sign. So, let me personally invite you now:

Do you wonder if you are being called to religious life? Email me at I will tell you everything I know … no strings attached.

And if you think someone you know may have a vocation, ask her if she’s ever thought of becoming a Sister. (One of our Sisters began her discernment process when a friend asked her!)

So, if you’re looking for a sign, here it is, your personal call to the table. Your job is to RSVP, and start discerning – warts and all! – before it’s too late.

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