What do you do if you are young, pretty, and intelligent? You consecrate your life to Jesus!
That is certainly what this young lady has done. Mary Anne Marks is a graduate from Harvard. She finished her undergrad in English and Latin Literature. She was chosen to give the Latin Salutary at the 2010 Harvard Ceremony (video below). After graduating from Harvard, she joined the Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, the “Oprah Sisters.” Currently, she is going into her second year of novitiate. The Ann Arbor Dominican order is growing massively due to its observance of orthodox Catholic teaching. In fact, this seems to be the pattern of recent times whereby young people are seeking religious communities that are faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium. (You can watch a full interview with Mary Anne here).
During the past few decades, there has been a great confusion around Catholic and non-Catholic circles alike, about the importance and degree of honour attributed to the Consecrated life. Many people believe that marriage is the only rational and realistic choice in life. This is definitely not true. Since the time of the Apostles, there have always been people who have devoted their lives to Christ, starting with the Apostle of the Gentiles who openly declared, “I wish that all men were even as I am” and “to the unmarried and the widows: it is good for them to remain [unmarried] as I am” (1 Corinthian 7:7,8). Of course, this calling is not for everyone. Those who “cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn in passion” (1 Corinthians 7:9). “He who marries does well, and he who does not marry does better” (1 Corinthians 7:38).