If you are considering a call to the Poor Clare Life…..the following practices may be helpful:
- Invite the Holy Spirit to direct your discernment.
- Actively participate in the Sunday Liturgy at your parish or Newman Center. Talk to your pastor or parish life director about becoming a lector, eucharistic minister, or music minister.
- Attend weekday Liturgy as often as possible and reflect on the scripture readings for the day.
- Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
- Develop a daily time of private prayer and spiritual reading and meditation.
- Take advantage of opportunities for prayer and learning offered in your parish, dioceses or school.
- Talk with someone you trust about your desire. Ask them to pray with and for you for wisdom and direction. If you do not have a spiritual director seek one out. Sisters or priests that you know may be able to recommend someone.
- Become familiar with Saint Francis and Saint Clare. You can find lots of good information on the internet. Google: Saint Francis of Assisi, and Saint Clare of Assisi; information may also be available from your library.
- Explore some “contemplative activities” that might be attractive to you. Examples include: quiet walks, painting or drawing, creative writing, journaling, needlework etc. Reflect on how long periods of silence speak to your heart.
- Develop your awareness of social issues regarding the poor, world peace, and environmental issues.
- Volunteer some time to help others in your community.
- Attend Eucharist or prayer at a contemplative monastery if there is one near you.
“You did not choose me but I chose you.” (John 15:16)