Just Follow Jesus: Millennials Seek a Nun's Life
"And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."
It is difficult these days for young women to discern a religious vocation and then enter religious life because let's face it, we have it all. Especially for us ladies who have had full-time careers, our own cars, and our own bank accounts it is difficult to surrender our independence. But is it really difficult for us young women to give up these things and our independence or is it more difficult for some women religious it seems to accept us as young adults and to understand that we want to give up these things to better grow in an intimate relationship with the Lord and live as much as we can as authentic consecrated women in religious life. Young women who enter do not want to change the Sisters in their communities because they love them for who they are as vowed religious, and all they want is for those same Sisters to love and accept them as women of the millennial generation.
I guess since some religious sisters entered so young they may have never had what young women have these days and it perplexes them as to why they would have a desire to give up the very things that they spent their entire young adult lives working towards for their future. Some religious sisters joined the feminist revolution fighting for what millennial woman have now. Why would young woman want to give up what they have been fighting for since the sixties? Because we trust God, and God would never abandon us, and as I have said in another post as young women discerning or entering religious life it is unfair to unload all of the ages past baggage upon us. It is not our battle to fight, it was their battle, and we want to focus on consecrated life today, in the twenty-first Century. However, it is important for us to listen and to learn about the struggles and challenges of these Sisters if they are willing to share them with us and help us to understand their experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Because of our Catholic faith as young woman we truly believe that if we deny ourselves and leave all things behind we can follow Him, and embrace authentic feminism based on the church teachings of Saint Pope John Paul II. As future women religious young women want to be equal in dignity to men in our Church, but do not want to become the same as men in our Church, and a nun or religious sister is the ultimate expression of true, authentic femininity. Young adult women who discern and then enter religious life want to embrace this beautiful role in the Church as spiritual mothers, and to one day be able to live their lives serving the Church and all of God's people within a religious community.
The reason that I am choosing to enter into religious life along with other young women of the millennial generation is because we have had it all, and we have decided that we no longer want or need it all because growing in our relationship with God is so much more significant. Young women who are called to religious life leave a lot of “things” behind, because after all, they are just “things”. Millennial women want to live the life of a religious sister without all of those worldly possessions. Those “things” do not bring anyone true happiness, and I know because I have had those “things” for a lot of my young adult life.
As a future religious sister I hope to be able to inspire other young women to embrace their vocation to religious life. No young woman should have fear of being judged or ridiculed for having a desire to try her best to live out an authentic religious life within a community, but if she is indeed judged and ridiculed I want her to believe that it will only make her faith and her calling to religious life grow stronger. I want her to be able to have the courage to deny herself and to follow her Beloved because she will find joy in Christ Jesus. As in the words of Pope Francis, it is okay to "rebel against the culture".