So often as a young woman religious I think of the future of religious life. What will it look like if we can't live next door to the parish school? What if there is no parish school? What if there are no priests to say Mass for us? What if we live in a faithless world? Will we fail to persevere? Will we be faithful to what our sisters have left us? Will the Church still want us? How will we take care of our elderly sisters? How will we serve God's people?... When will we sleep while were doing all of this??? :)
It is overwhelming and humbling. I have no answer to any of the questions above because they aren't happening yet. Right now, my job is to grow into the religious woman God has called me to be and all I need to do is stay focused on that one thing. Prayer, community, and ministry will all come together the way He has planned in each moment. I truly believe that what is happening to us through closures, financial problems, and lack of vocations are God pruning us and preparing us for a future that He has in mind, not the future we've been thinking of.
That's what makes me sure it will be wonderful, it is His and not mine!
Pray for us that we follow His will!