What Does it Take?

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What Does it Take?

People frequently ask me, “What does it take to be a Sister?” I am often taken aback by this question and unsure what they mean or how I should answer. I usually respond with a question of my own so that I can understand what they are asking and buy myself some time to formulate my answer.

Turns out when people ask, What it does take, they are asking me why I would ever want to be a Sister or more directly how do I continue to be one. Both are good questions and ones that I ask myself. Why did I become a Sister and why do I continue to be one?

Simple enough, the answer is Jesus. Jesus is the reason I became a Sister and Jesus is the reason I continue to be a Sister. Jesus called me to live this life. And, Jesus keeps me here. Being in love with Jesus, and wanting to be more in love with him is what it takes.


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“Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict