Posted: October 30, 2013 in World On The Edge

priest_holdingup_chalice_redMore than 70 percent of all religious communities report having new members (both men and women) in formation. But this is less than the large number of entrants in the 1950’s and 1960’s. So we come to the conclusion that the church is losing vocations.

The reasons for this are many, not the least, our very material world.  Yet everyday, there are extraordinary people who discover within themselves a love for God so great that nothing but the religious life will do. (If you are a parent and your child expresses a desire to explore a religious or priestly vocation, please listen to them.)

Have you heard of the Nun who kissed Elvis? In 1963, Delores Hart who starred with Elvis and other stars  in many movies, gave up her promising career as a movie starlet to go into the convent.

Here are some of her  thoughts  about helping to discern a vocation to the religious life. It is aimed at young people, like she was, when she entered.

“How do you know if you are being called? Start by reflecting on these questions:

Do I find myself wondering if there is more to life?

Do I have a desire to know God more deeply and give my whole self to him?

Am I drawn to pray and participate in the liturgy?

Do I take an active role in the life of the Church?

Do I feel called to live out the Gospel?  Do I desire to live a simple lifestyle?  Do I feel called to share life, ministry and faith with others?

Do I value the multicultural abundance in our world?  Am I concerned with the unmet needs of others, especially the poor and those treated unjustly?

Do I believe I can live the life of a religious sister or nun? Do I think I can live a life of continual conversion? Do I believe we can do more together than alone?

Do I want a challenging life lived with deep satisfaction and love?

If you answer “yes” to many of these questions, God may be calling you to religious life.”

What follows is an HBO documentary, longer than most of my videos. But it is well worth your time. Mother Delores’s wise words hit home!

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