Take a moment of silence
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Important lessons Cardinal Dolan learned from two sheep herders and the Good Shepherd.
IT WAS JULY 1992, and I was on a three-week study tour-pilgrimage in the Holy Land. In the middle of a long hike on a scorching day, we came across two shepherds, smoking and chatting in a patch of shade. Their two flocks were all mixed together, hundreds of sheep, lazily rambling the hillsides. The two shepherds were happy to see us, and we began to visit. We asked, through our guide, how the sheep, all jumbled together, would know their rightful shepherd when the time came to move on. The two herdsmen chuckled and rose to take the dare: Each one went to an opposite side of the path, shouted out an indecipherable yell, and began to walk away. Immediately, the sheep ran behind their proper shepherd. And the few stragglers were spotted right away by their vigilant leader and summoned to follow. It was clear: The sheep knew their shepherd; the shepherd knew his sheep.
Ah, but the show was not over. Charged up by the attention of their audience, the shepherds said, “Watch this.” They then exchanged their outer apparel. Once again, they each went to opposite sides of the path, gave their familiar call, and began to walk away. Without a pause, the sheep followed their proper shepherd, even though he had completely changed his outward appearance! The sheep knew their shepherd so well—his voice, his command, his walk—that they could not be deceived by a disguise.
JESUS SAID: “The sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out . . . . he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.” And I would propose that we best hear the voice of the Good Shepherd in silence. The Bible tells us that the language God prefers is silence, and the atmosphere God best works in is silence. “Be still and know that I am God,” God whispers. “In quiet and confidence shall be thy strength,” God encourages Isaiah. Read more here.
(From VISION's collection of resources for the Year of Consecrated Life)
Resources galore for Year of Consecrated Life
Happy Year of Consecrated Life!
We are pleased to have available online the Year of Consecrated Life Resource Packet that we mailed to every U.S. parish as part of VISION’s celebration and promotion of the Year of Consecrated Life.
We appreciate any effort you make to encourage your own parishe to use the materials in liturgies, parish bulletins, church gatherings, and classrooms.
We are very grateful for the men and women in consecrated life with whom we
collaborate and serve in ministry. We hope that this special year will inspire a new
generation of Catholics to embrace this unique and vital form of witness and service to
Recent posts on Vocation Network
Year of Consecrated Life:
Help your children make wise choices
Network of Catholic sisters combat human trafficking
Priest Ordination increases in the U.S.
Questions Catholics Ask:
What's an Abbess, and what power does she wield?
Do Catholics believe in psychology?
New videos posted on the VISION Vocation Guide YouTube channel:
Reflections of gratitude in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life:
Thank you, sisters, brothers and priests!
Being Catholic: A User's Guide
Read our newest E-book: Being Catholic: A User's Guide. Available in print and digital formats on Amazon.
Whether you are a committed, curious, questioning, and confused, you will find in this slim volume resources, insights, and helpful suggestions that are sure to enrich your faith and deepen your understanding of Christ’s Good News and the church’s great mission in the world.
Short takes for VISION Community Sponsors
RESERVE YOUR SPACE IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF VISION IN PRINT, ONLINE, AND DIGITAL FORMAT. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR CALL US AT 1-800-942-2811.
LOG IN TO THE ADVERTISER AREA TO VIEW YOUR STATISTICS AND REVIEW YOUR COMMUNITY'S VOCATION MATCH PROFILE. IF THIS LINK IS BROKEN, GO TO VOCATIONNETWORK.ORG, CLICK ON "ABOUT YOU" TAB AND THEN SELECT "SPONSORS/ADVERTISERS."
Editors are standing by
VISION READERS, please let us know what more we can do to help you in your discernment or ministry. We welcome your feedback. Please share your own stories on the positive influence priest, brothers, sisters had on you. Contact Patrice Tuohy at email@example.com.
KEEP IN MIND
Please be sure to contact vocation directors of the communities that interest you from VISION's Community Search or Vocation Match. You will find their help essential as you sort through your options and consider your best course.
TIP: Here is a short video reminding you of how to use Vocation Match as you discern your life's calling.
Find more tips here.
Guide to growing your community in the digital age
Be part of the award-winning VISION Vocation Network. Call us today at 800-942-2811 or email us, and we can give you information on the many options available for you.
TUTORIAL VIDEOS: Confused on how to check your VISION reader stats or update your community's Vocation Match profile. Click here and here to view our helpful instructional videos.
listed as a key resource on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' revised vocations website (former top 10 list).
Catholic Press Association Award winner.Click here for recent honors, including website general excellence.
VISION READER STATS
Click here for VISION reader statistics from the past five years--since the inception of Vocation Match.
BLOGGERS: Please send us the links to your blogs so we can add them to VISION's extensive Blog Index.
Please read and post comments on our blog, and social network pages, particularly: