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By Michele Chronister, Catholic Exchange, Feb. 9, 2022

Michele Chronister is a wife, and mother to three little girls and one little one in heaven. She received her BA and MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame (’09 and ’11). ….

Recently, a friend of my husband’s from graduate school took vows as a consecrated virgin. Of all the vocations in the Church, this one is admittedly the one that I know the least about, and I was deeply struck by the rite and the vows she took. We weren’t able to attend in person, but I have no doubt that it would have been even more deeply moving if we had.

And briefly, there flickered a sort of insecurity about my own vocation in my heart. The Church recognizes that those vowed to priesthood or any celibate vocation are a foretaste of the life that will be all of ours in heaven (where “they will neither marry nor be given in marriage”). Sometimes, it is even spoken of as a sort of “superior” vocation, one that mostly renounces the cares of the world in favor to total devotion to God. …

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