We will only look at three points:
1. We must understand the greatness of such a high occupation
Yes, religious are Spouses of Christ, as Christ Himself proudly calls them, because it is so, he is their Spouse. That Christ Himself would call a specific person to be his Spouse is such a great and excellent grace, that as much as she thinks she understands it, she still is very lacking in her knowledge of its true greatness.
Before the religious was born, before she was begotten, long before the world was created – from all eternity God had written on his bosom all those he predestined to be his Spouses. Their fasts, disciplines, and prayers did not merit this, since at this time they did not exist, rather God alone, who chose them and called them from among millions of people to be his Spouses, could have merited this. He separated them from the world and liberated them from the occupations of marriage so that all of their time would be spent loving the Sweet Spouse.