Signs of God’s Invitation to Pursue Religious Life

Blog by Sr. Mai Dung Nguyen

If one day, you are called to become a sister, what will you do? Deny, ignore, or pursue what you believe is a call. But first, how do you know God is calling you?

God’s invitations can come in many different ways. A call is unique for each person in each circumstance.  This invitation may start within you when:

  • a voice within you keeps calling you to be a sister.
  • you experience a hunger for intimacy with God.
  • an inspiring quote, a sister’s story, or the works of a religious community touches you deeply and leads you to consider becoming a sister.
  • you dream of working with the poor or working for justice and peace.
  • you experience something missing in your life and you want to work for something bigger than yourself.

In some cases, the invitation can be unexpected:

  • a thunderbolt hitting your ears when someone says: “Have you ever thought of becoming a sister?”
  • a joke you may really hate; “You act or look like a nun, why don’t you be one of them?”
  • a bet between you and someone encouraging you to contact a religious community.

God’s invitation can also seem confusing or unsettling. For example:

  • Your fiancé hands you a retreat registration; “I registered you for a retreat. You should explore your call before we get married.” Don’t feel resentful towards him.
  • You often don’t feel peaceful, but have a sense of emptiness while dating, or even one or two weeks before getting married. Pay attention to that sign.

Remember “For humans, it is impossible; but for God, all is possible.” (Matthew 19:26).

As I mentioned, this invitation may scare you, making you resist, even deny it. Not everyone is called by God to become a sister, but why not at least explore the possibility? So, if you are experiencing a call or a nudge from God, contact us ( We will walk with you to help you discover what God is calling you to . . . and we promise, no strings attached.

If you’re ready to take the next step to explore your call and our community, we invite you to join us for a Come and See retreat at our Columbus Motherhouse, March 9-11, 2018.  For more details, contact Sr. Pat Dual at or call or text her at 614-216-7688.

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3 responses to “Signs of God’s Invitation to Pursue Religious Life

  1. MaiDung, this reflection and the specific examples you gave are very good ways of helping someone in discernment to notice how God can get a persons attention. Sometimes God attracts and at other times disturbs. It can be either/or or both /and .

    Thanks for sharing. Julia

  2. Thank you Mai Dung for your inspirational words re God calling. I pray that some women will be touched by your clear understanding of how God speaks and calls one to consider religious life.

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