"My family was supportive, but my friends were not in the least bit. Most of them doubted that I could ever change or stick with it. They were just waiting for me to fall again. In a way, that doubt from other people pushes you harder. I looked at their doubt in me as an extra source of motivation."
Those words from a Catholic convert in an interview at LifeTeen.com definitely struck a familiar chord. It reminded me of the time when I broke down after hearing discouraging words from someone I considered a friend. Katie Lewis there was right to turn other people's doubt as an extra source of motivation to push yourself even further and go the extra mile in your love for the Lord. As for my vocation, I am slowly settling down at the thought that obviously not everyone is called to a life of contemplation. There is no doubt in that. But definitely you cannot blame monks and cloistered nuns for giving up their entire lives to pray and be close to God. That is the true meaning of sacrifice.