Are you a woman between the ages of 25 and 50 who is considering joining a Catholic religious community of Sisters? If so, you may be wondering about the Augustinian Community and how it differs from other communities, such as Franciscans or Carmelites.
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In the past, Saints were often portrayed as being born perfect and holy. However, our view of Saints has evolved over time, and Saint Rita is a great example of this. Throughout her life, she searched for God, which was a driving force behind her actions and gave her life meaning. In many ways, Saint Rita embodied Saint Augustine's insights.
“Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in You.”
How do you discover and recognize your vocation and calling?
- One way is to reflect prayerfully, like St. Rita; what type of life attracts you?
- Do you want to be part of and contribute to a community of Catholic Women Religious?
- Do you feel the need for daily individual and
- Do you feel you want to serve and assist families and the elderly?
- Like St. Monica, have you learned patience and trust in God's goodness and Providence, even with the struggles that you experience in your life?
- Like St. Augustine, do you have a heart yearning to 'rest in God'?
- Like St. Rita, do you feel a powerful attraction to God?
This powerful yearning for God was the power that directed St. Rita through life. She was always listening to God and responding to Him. By this, she was encouraged to risk the next step in her life, whether in her youth, marriage, widowhood, or later in her religious life. Saint Rita spent time in solitude and, by God's presence and listening to Him in the silence of her heart, was healed.
How is God calling you? How do you find yourself listening and wanting to respond?
This inner attitude of standing responsively before God to do His will was apparent throughout St. Rita’s life. For her, all roads led to God and through God. She sought God on her road to the Scoglio and felt close in prayer. She found God on the winding road to the Augustinian hermits whom she asked for advice. She discovered God on the path from her home in Roccoporena to the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. She recognized God in the many people that she walked alongside during her life who needed her help.
How has God revealed Himself to you?
Is God calling you to consecrated life as a religious?