By Sr. Tracy Kemme
God's initial, unexpected nudge to explore religious life felt like a rude awakening; a bucket of cold water rousing me from a comfortable sleep! Even so, I couldn't ignore the idea. My discernment led me to move in with a community of Sisters of Charity near the Texas-Mexico border. I knew very few Sisters growing up, so I needed an up-close encounter with religious life. I was curious at first, as if watching a National Geographic program: Observe the Sisters in their natural habitat!
|Our community of Sisters and discerners, Christmas 2011|
Something in the Sisters moved me deeply; I somehow desired what they had. As I spent more time with them, I discovered that this something was already in me. The wick was there, waiting; the encounter was the match that ignited it. I awakened to a sense of deep purpose and great possibility in God’s invitation. I had to respond: “YES!”