Sr. or Dr.?

The idea of studying to be a doctor is not practical. Not only will it be many years for something you may not use as a nun, but you will most probably end up with significant debts to be paid off.
by Father Anthony Bannon, LC | Source:
Father Bannon,

I am 17 and am definitely sure of my vocation as a nun. I have even talked to a teacher of novices about this. She told me the sooner I began to train myself, the better. I wanted to begin this year, but my parents told me to wait a year. Now they tell me its better if I obtain a degree in medicine and then become a nun. They say that it would be great to have a nun doctor, which is in much need. I told them that the life of a nun is devotion to God. It is impossible to be a doctor nun, because doctors spend all their time with patients and do not have time for God. Also, I would have to wait 10 years to finally be a nun because a doctors study is long. Also, I want to start now. I am afraid that they do not accept my decision. My 4-year-old brother is autistic, so my mother constantly tries to put guilt in my heart by saying, Who will take care of your brother when we are not here anymore? However, this does not affect my decision, because I know that God will make him normal, and will take care of him. Father, please tell me, what can I say to them, or should I follow their advice? Thank you very much for listening. God bless.

Ximena

Dear Ximena,

If you are sure of your vocation, and have spoken to the sisters that you want to join, and they will accept you, I see no reason for you to put it off. It will be hard on your parents, but there will be many graces that come to them as well, and over time they may grow to understand and accept your vocation.

The idea of studying to be a doctor is not practical. Not only will it be many years for something you may not use as a nun, but you will most probably end up with significant debts to be paid off. I think that for you to take that path would essentially mean saying no to the vocation.

You should take into consideration the possible needs of your autistic brother. On the one hand your parents are probably still fairly young, so he will not lack care. His development will show how independent he is going to be when he grows up; not all autistics need someone to take care of them full-time.

I hope these thoughts help. Being as yet a minor you will probably have to wait for your parents permission or your next birthday, whichever comes first, before making a definite move. Meanwhile keep very close to Christ in prayer, ask him to guide you and give you courage. And pray that your parents will get to understand the beauty and importance of your vocation.

God bless.

Father Anthony



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