From a reader:
Father, do your wonderful readers have suggestions about women’s religious orders that cater to late vocations (late 30’s)? Someone in our family is discerning.
I don’t, but I hope some of the readers here will.
The question of later religious vocations is a bit thorny. As we age we get set in our ways and less able to adapt to a “rule” of a community. I am not saying that it is impossible, but it is harder. There are communities who don’t want to take on people who might be hard to form.
I have often hoped that some holy man or woman would rise up to found new groups precisely for men and women who are a little older.
Similarly, we could use to great effect a consecration of widows, along the lines of the ancient order of virgins which was revived after the council. And there is the case of the single person who remains single but wants to dedicate his or her life to the service of the Lord, but not as a religious or cleric.
Times are changing.
Another idea could be to assemble a group of like-minded people and then invade one of the long-established but dying groups. Keep your heads down for a few years, get fully professed, and then take whole thing over as the aging-hippies die off or become the minority. Imagine this applied to some of the galls lolling around under the LCWR’s vile umbrella. Some of these once beautiful institutes and orders have a lot of property and a great heritage, both squandered and suffocated by earth-mother-goddess worshiping, labyrinth-walking, hierarchy-bashing harridans who have proudly moved “beyond Jesus”.
Invade, I say! Into the breach!