Discerning and Preparing for Religious Life

A guide for women

By: Rachael Marie Collins

Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 105 mm by 148 mm

ISBN : 9781784691356

Number of Pages: 80

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Publication Date: 08 Sep 2016

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Product Code: PA28

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It can take a long time to discern a call to religious life. Part of the problem is that we haven’t been told how to discern. Discernment is really a period of preparation for and training in the religious life. It is also a period of courtship.

This booklet, written as a series of letters to a young woman starting the discernment process, draws on the wisdom of women who embodied the “feminine genius” (John Paul II) - Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, Zélie Martin, Elizabeth of the Trinity and others. It provides a lucid overview of the spiritual life and discernment process, drawing on the rich spiritual tradition of the Church.


Praise for Discerning and Preparing for Religious Life:

"How refreshing, how utterly right, that a Catholic wife and mother should help young women discern vocation to the religious life! After all, as the Catechism tells us, "esteem of virginity for the sake of the Kingdom and the Christian understanding of marriage are inseparable, and they reinforce each other". With the admirable clarity of its language, the sense it conveys to the reader of being personally addressed, and the abundant references to the lives of the saints, Rachael Collins' new book will become, I am sure, a little classic of contemporary Catholic spirituality."

Fr. John Saward


"There are so few solid books for young women discerning religious life in the Catholic Church these days. Rachael Marie Collins has amassed a wealth of good information and wisdom that will guide women as they seek the will of God. As a married woman and mother, who seriously considered religious life herself, this book will be invaluable to those who may be called to be a Bride of Christ!"

Fr. Brett Brannen, Author of To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood, and A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood


"Here is a book that fills an important gap -- sound advice for young women about how to discern a religious vocation. The fruit of much careful study of Catholic tradition as well as personal experience, this book is chock full of helpful reflections. I especially enjoyed the section on the need for good friendships -- friendships with the Saints, with those wise in matters of the spiritual life, and with like-minded people of one's own age."

Fr Joseph Koterski, S.J. Fordham University

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The Parish Priest

17/10/2016

Please not my comments are from within the framework of an elderly widower. I would not offer this to my granddaughters. I found it foreboding, narrow and uninspiring. Surely there must be a happy and joyous side to religious life? Colum MacCourt

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Anonymous

05/09/2016

How refreshing, how utterly right, that a Catholic wife and mother should help young women discern vocation to the religious life! After all, as the Catechism tells us, "esteem of virginity for the sake of the Kingdom and the Christian understanding of marriage are inseparable, and they reinforce each other". With the admirable clarity of its language, the sense it conveys to the reader of being personally addressed, and the abundant references to the lives of the saints, Rachael Collins' new book will become, I am sure, a little classic of contemporary Catholic spirituality. Fr. John Saward

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Anonymous

05/09/2016

There are so few solid books for young women discerning religious life in the Catholic Church these days. Rachael Marie Collins has amassed a wealth of good information and wisdom that will guide women as they seek the will of God. As a married woman and mother, who seriously considered religious life herself, this book will be invaluable to those who may be called to be a Bride of Christ! Fr. Brett Brannen, Author of To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood, and A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood

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Anonymous

05/09/2016

Here is a book that fills an important gap -- sound advice for young women about how to discern a religious vocation. The fruit of much careful study of Catholic tradition as well as personal experience, this book is chock full of helpful reflections. I especially enjoyed the section on the need for good friendships -- friendships with the Saints, with those wise in matters of the spiritual life, and with like-minded people of one's own age. Fr Joseph Koterski, S.J. Fordham University