My interest would be in a community that had a structured day of prayer and work, but still quite active and flexible. Are there orders that give you the flexibility to explore various charitable works and projects? I know there are some that are devoted to a particular type of charity, I was wondering if there are some that are very open to ideas and new projects.
While I have a lot of strange ways and ideas, I am rather traditional in
my faith and would want the order to have a very traditional and
reverent Mass(does not have to be Latin). There are some orders of nuns
that are progressive/modernist/feminist/scary and I want to stay away
Where would you recommend I start looking?
When you decide to enter r a particular Community, you commit yourself
to do the ministry or charism entrusted to that Community. In other
words, if you enter a teaching community, you are expected to carry out
the teaching ministry and not engage in healthcare as a sideline. Doing
our own will, even if our intentions are noble and great, is the first
thing one gives up in Religious Life. Obedience is more acceptable to
God than sacrifice. Communities should be open to new ideas otherwise it
will wither, stagnate and eventually die out. But ideas and projects
should remain within the framework of the Community's founding spirit.
That is the only way a religious community can truly serve the Church.
"There are different works but the same Spirit. "
Traditionalism has its positive and negative sides. I prefer the word
"orthodox." If a Community remains within the confines of what is in the
mind of the Church, I have no problem with it. There are essentials in
Religious life that do not change and are non-negotiable but they do not
have to be traditional. Examples for me are prayer life, community
life, approved apostolic ministry, religious habit, liturgy and
devotional life. Faithfulness to the Magisterium is so important because
religious life is part of the holiness of the Church.
I think you have to sort out what lifestyle are you most called to-
active or cloistered. Basing on your description of yourself, you might
find cloistered life very difficult if you are looking for flexibility.
It is a very structured life and no explicit ministry outside the
monastery. Then go on-line to check out different communities. Visit or
contact the ones which attract you. It is better for you to see them up
close and personal than for others to tell you about them. If you go far
enough in your discernment, ask to read their Constitutions. This will
give you an idea of what the Community is bound to follow and what God
through His Church wants of it. Hope this helps.