As a postulant, my eyes are fixed on that grace-filled day when I will be clothed in the religious habit.
While I was discerning my vocation, I attended several vocation weekends, seminars, and discussion
groups designed to help young women find the religious community to which God called them. All of the women I
met, both younger and older vocations, desired communities that wear the habit. Each shared the desire of giving oneself
completely to Jesus and, thus, "putting on" Christ every day.
What better expression is there of who we are as the Spouses of Christ than the holy habit? The professed
sisters in my cloistered contemplative community each wear their habit with great love and reverence for Jesus; it is as much
a part of them as their rosary, their veil, and their wedding band. The habit is a reflection of the Vow of Poverty
and allows for uncluttered attention to be given to Jesus; there is certainly no spare time in the monastic life to be given
to coordinating a daily wardrobe! The habit is also a symbol of withdrawal from the world and detachment from worldly
In the active orders, the habit acts as a very powerful and necessary witness of God's presence in today's
world. Speaking from my own experience, it is very reassuring to see religious out and about in our communities proudly
wearing the habit. And what an encouragement for young people thinking about a vocation to religious life!
That is why, to me, as to many of my contemporaries entering religious life, the habit signifies something
much more than a garment of choice--it is a testimonial to a life consecrated to God.
Since we had a huge number of "hits" for habitry on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13), we entrust
to her the intention of bringing the habit back to the religious life. Please join us in praying for this intention.
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OTHER HABIT ARTICLES:
The Religious Habit by Fr. Jay A. Finelli
Cloistered Cistercian Nun: "Oh, I love my habit! I can't imagine religious life without it!"
Psalms: "Worship the Lord in holy attire."