Written by Dylana, a young woman entering religious life in August.
The world has given us many gifts that are blazing milestones in our culture; most notably, social media and the internet. With these new avenues of communication we are more connected than ever. One tweet can reach up to 2,405,518,376 people. From 2000-2012, internet use has grown 566.4%. Almost all of the world’s population is on the internet. Pope Francis has even hailed the internet as “something truly good, a gift from God.”
We should be using social media to be a present a visible witness to “the hope that is within us.” (1 Pt 3:15) This is what the New Evangelization is calling us to do: reveal to the world its universal call to holiness. Each of us is called specifically and uniquely.
This is exactly what the Imagine Sisters Movement seeks to do. It shows women that following God does not require us to compromise our happiness. It shows parents that their daughters – if called to this life – will be mothers of many souls. It shows parishes how they can help young women who are discerning. But most importantly, it presents to the world Christ’s beacons of beauty, truth, and joy.
Imagine Sisters was instrumental in my decision to apply to the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. They taught me that discernment was nothing more than living out the vocation that we have been given today. Without that lesson, I would still believe that holiness was something we prepare for, not something that we live.
We have had two years of service to the Lord and his people, two years of revealing the beauty of the consecrated life, two years of living out the call of the New Evangelization. For all this we give glory to God. Without Him, this movement would still be an idea.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and reveal to each of us how we are called to love you. Amen.
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