Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?

Not at all. Family and friends remain important all through life. These relationships, however, must be integrated within your commitment to your religious community, which takes priority. It’s like a married couple whose primary commitment is to one another and to their children, but they also continue to love the rest of their family and their friends.

A person in religious life will continue to have contact with family and friends as long as it doesn’t compromise their central commitment. Take, for instance, a missionary priest. His first commitment is to the mission, which may take him to foreign lands. His relationship with family and friends may of course continue, but his primary focus will be the people he is called to serve.

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