Why being single and living as a sister aren’t the same-http://www.vocationnetwork.org/articles/show/550-why-being-single-and-living-as-a-sister-aren-t-the-same
By Sister Colleen Gibson, S.S.J.
When I told people I was thinking about becoming a religious sister, they asked me the same questions: Why did I feel called? Why religious life? Or just plain, Why?
-And once I told them about my desire to grow in my relationship with God, to serve others, and to live a radical life of intention in line with the gospel, the inevitable questions were: Why become a sister? Couldn’t you do all those things as a committed single woman?
-The bigger question for me was: What exactly is the difference between a committed single life and a vowed religious one?
-I realized, vocation is about you and God—your deepest desires and God’s deepest desires for you.
-Single life and religious life each have their own gifts and challenges; each is a unique vocation with its own unique aspects.
-Life lived in community is one of the primary differences between a vowed religious life and a committed single one. Sisters live in community so they can bring communion to the world.
-Such decisions and communal living are based on two things: our charism and our vows.
Having the title “Sister” before your name makes you a public witness to the faith. You are a public representative of the church, your congregation, and faith in action at every moment.
-Whether a sister wears a distinctive habit or not. Being a sister is different from being a committed single woman in the manner in which you are called to witness.
For me, being true to myself is the greatest freedom there is, and I am most truly myself as a sister. To the question of why I became a sister, my answer is: “My whole life.”