After all, this “inveterate extrovert” was very outgoing, had lots of
friends and was just “too loud” to fit the reserved stereotype of a nun and make
“I didn’t think people even do this anymore. I’m too bossy. I
liked to party,” she recalls thinking.
And she dated, too, always assuming
she would get married, but when she became Catholic she ended a two-year
relationship with a man because of their disparate views on religion. When she
called her mother and told her she had joined the Catholic Church, the first
question she asked her was, “are you going to become a nun?” But she somehow
couldn’t say no and responded that she didn’t know where God would call
She began going to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as “eucharistic
adoration was so central to my life already.” She spoke with her spiritual
director, Handmaid of the Sacred Heart Sister Margarita Martin, and, knowing
that one doesn’t don’t marry the first man one dates, she began investigating
other religious orders but was attracted to the Handmaids’ charism of reparation
of broken hearts of the world combined with their core focus on the Eucharist.
Her director encouraged her to listen to what her heart was telling her when
considering this possibility. When she did that “every logical thought in my
head said this is crazy,” yet in her heart “I felt such joy and peace and
excitement. I thought, ‘yes, I think I’ll give it a try.’
What draws people to the vocation? Christ present in the Eucharist, and the prayer for clarity of knowing what God's call is for your life. God is still giving the call, listen in the heart to know where He calls you.