A SISTER of Our Lady of Grace and Compassion wrote: "It has been said that poverty, chastity and obedience have been thrown out of religious life today, hut that is not true.
"In the past the vows were made and the Order saw to it that the life was so arranged that the keeping of the vows was assured to the faithful religious. Nowadays there is a choice and freedom, and new ways of living out the vows in a meaningful way, Our Constitution wisely shows us the way.
"There is more sense of stewardship, of using things time, money without waste; renouncing family life that love may be channelled and given to our Community and those under our care; and devotion to the will of God so that we do the things asked of us willingly, lovingly, knowing that whatever the task God will enable us to do it, or by failure teach us humility."
It is in this spirit that Sister Mary Garson, foundress of the Order, invites those who are interested to come and "live the life", This means what it says living with the Community. working with them, praying with them, and caring for the aged and frail old people who are their central care.
It is only by living among them that one can see the work that the Sisters have to do, and can begin to find out if God is really calling you to the religious life.
Even if your experience of "living the life" shows that this is not for you, you will have learnt something about the Sisters, but, most important of all, you will have learnt something about yourself and about the needs of old people.
In the words of the Vocations leaflet issued by the Sisters: "If you have compassion, generosity, a capacity for hard work and a pioneering spirit, our Community can offer you the chance of helping to extend our work here and overseas".
Come and see for yourself what our life is like spend a few days with us at Holy Cross Priory sharing our Community life. All inquiries to: Sister Mary (larson, Holy Cross Priory, Heathfield, Sussex,