Dear young people, do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away and gives you everything. When we give ourselves to Him we receive a hundred-fold in return. Yes, open wide the doors to Christ and you will find true life. — Pope Benedict XVI
Each baptized Christian is consecrated to Christ and His Church. The sacrament of Confirmation bestows the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the individual and marks them as a spiritual soldier of Christ. What more is there?
In the call to the consecrated life, God places within the heart of a person a desire for something more. More love and deeper relationship. More commitment and stronger bonds. More giving and sacrifice and receiving. In a word, it is desire for a total gift of self to Christ.
This is the vocation to the evangelical counsels:
Chastity – a gift of one’s heart, affections, and desires to the God who is Love
Poverty – abandoning all possessions to posses Him who is All-in-All
Obedience – uniting one’s will with that of the Beloved who continues to speak and act through His Church’s representatives
If this resignates in your own heart and soul, our Lord is inviting you to be open to the possibility of a life of intimate relationship with Him. Seek out the advice of a trusted priest, sister, dedicated lay-person as you begin your journey of religious vocation discernment.