Look inside … and see for yourself


By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

I am re-reading Seeking God: The Rule of St. Benedict, by Esther de Waal, a book I read when I was a novice.

So far, this line has spoken to me: “…life in Christ means life through a succession of opening doors, not a life that is always static or safe.”

I sure appreciate that.

Like anyone else, my gut instinct is to seek safety, even when I SAY I want to say Yes to Christ.

Trouble is, we can’t always do both. That is, we are called to go through the open doors – of new neighbors, of new ministries, of new experiences – or let our fear keep us where we are, static and stunted.

Growth requires discovery. It requires discovering what’s on the other side.

For those who think they may have a vocation to religious life, it means opening the door to the monastery and looking inside.

If that includes you, then take the step God calls you to take. Contact me. I will help you see what’s on the other side of the door.

You may discover religious life is not for you. Great! You can cross it off your list and get on with your life.

But if you discover – like I did – that it is what you want more than anything else in the world, then you are one step closer to beginning your new life in Christ.

Trust Jesus. Contact me at (309) 283-2300 or smacdonald@smmsisters.org. Or just drop by for Eucharist, at 8:00 am, Monday-Thursday, or Vespers, after work, at 5:00 pm. And see for yourself.

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