Don’t cloistered nuns get bored?

Personally a Carmelite nun told me that she has never had one boring day since becoming a Carmelite.  But this is a great question because you will probably realize like I did, if you think about it enough, that if cloistered life is boring, heaven would probably be boring too.  Fortunately,  “Being in love with God is never boring” (Dubay, Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel, on Prayer).

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St. Augustine said: “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement… “.  What could be more exciting than the divine romance, the life-and-death battle, and the glorious fulfillment of all that our human nature seeks, which is Christianity?   “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you” (St. Augustine).  Created things get old. They are finite and they run out, so to speak, before we do, because our souls have an infinite longing.  God is the only one who can keep us interested for all eternity.

“You’re bored? That’s because you keep your senses awake and your soul asleep”(St. Josemaria Escriva).  When each little routine and activity of life are done with God, they take on an infinite significance!   “O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain! When I look at everything with the eyes of faith, no two hours are alike, and the dullness and monotony disappear. The grace which is given me in this hour will not be repeated in the next… Time goes on, never to return again” (St. Faustina, Diary, 62). “To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul” (St. Therese of Lisieux).

 “If your prayer life is boring, you’re focusing on yourself, not Jesus, not the needy”     (Pope Francis).    For the saints, the glory of God and the salvation of souls were an all-consuming passion that made it impossible for them to be bored.  We will never finish contemplating God.  “Not even the angels can finish contemplating Him, nor ever will …He always seems new for them, and they always keep marveling at Him” (St. John of the Cross).  As we get to know Him more and more, we strive to imitate Him, to follow His counsel, and become perfect instruments of His grace.  This is a battle that is a daily part of life until the day we die even for the saints.  St. Francis said at the end of his life, “Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord God, for up to now we have made little or no progress.” St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta went every week to confession.   Some saints went every day.  Sin is boring.  The Christian life is not boring.  If anyone makes a serious attempt to read the Gospels and follow Christ, this will be obvious.

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“My TV is the tabernacle!” Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


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