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‘I felt the calling aged three’: The women who devote their lives to God

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They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, but the lives of nuns or religious sisters tend to be a mystery to many of us on the outside. How do they give up love, passion and having children for something a significant number of us aren’t too sure even exists? Dilvin Yasa reports for  Fairfax’s Sunday Life magazine…

  

  

Sister Moira O’Sullivan, congregational historian for the Sisters of Charity, the Catholic Church’s longest-serving women’s religious order in Australia (here since 1838), understands the confusion. She explains that because there is no real reason for religious life, except the conviction that God is offering a special relationship, it’s hard for anyone without strong faith to find value in it.

“In spite of thinking before entering the convent that we were doing something for God, by giving up marriage and children, we find that instead, God has lavished more on us and we have to keep thanking God for the privilege,” she says. “It’s unfortunate if anyone looks at us and thinks we’ve missed out.”

Far from missing out, active religious sisters are out in force, demonstrating the love of God through their work in health and aged care, education, social services and issues of social justice. Here are three of their stories.

Full story here.

 

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
What we do ought to be done well.

The Sisters of Charity acknowledge the First Peoples and traditional custodians of this land where we live. We respect, value and honour their history, culture and spirituality. We are committed to standing in solidarity and to actively working for justice, peace and harmony in this land.

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