Pope Francis on the challenges of discerning God's will
Papal tip: "Don't be afraid of tension because it helps you grow."
Pope Francis recently told a group of young Catholics gathered in Rome for the Eucharistic Youth Movement meeting that one of his greatest challenges as a Jesuit has always been discernment: knowing God's will and experiencing the peace of Jesus, which is a "sure sign that you are on the right path."
Dear Holy Father: The VISION editors humbly offer you the 2016 VISION Vocation Discernment Guide to assist you—and all others—on the journey to discern God's call.
Highlights of the 2016 VISION:
Discern the real you, by Brian Doyle. It takes a lot of quiet to hear God inside you. . . .
Do-it-yourself discernment retreat, by the VISION editors. Take five minutes out of your busy day to deepen your prayer life and your understanding of vocation. . . .
Eight secrets to healthy celibacy, by Carol Schuck Scheiber. How good are you at setting limits and balancing time? . . .
Five ways to share the faith on social networks, by Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M. The Early Church and social networks have a lot in common. . . .
And much, much more. Read on . . .
Click here to order print copies of 2016 VISION Vocation Guide. Please note special Year of Consecrated Life VISION materials are also available. The Year of Consecrated Life ends Feb. 2, 2016.
Today's Catholic Sisters
WHO THEY ARE. WHY WE NEED THEM.
You're invited to attend a half-day at one of four venues across the country to learn about the newest generation of Catholic sisters and why we need them now more than ever. Hear remarkable stories from these modern women who have answered the call, and learn how they perceive their mission.
These unique gatherings, hosted by NRVC during the Year of Consecrated Life and made possible due to the generosity of the GHR Foundation, will feature several young sisters, along with the authors of New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity.
A Q&A session and raffle will follow the main presentation. Refreshments will be served. This is an excellent chance to generate support for Catholic sisters now and in the future. Please plan on attending—and bring friends!
Sept. 12, 2015, 9 am-noon - University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas
Sept. 20, 2015, 1-4 pm - Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois
Oct. 10, 2015, 1-4 pm, Mass to follow - Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pennsylvania
Jan. 23, 2016, 9 am-noon - Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California
New Generations of Catholic Sisters authors:
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.; Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C.; Dr. Mary Gautier
Questions? Call the NRVC offices at 773-363-5454. Learn more here.
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Wisconsin sisters follow Franciscan tradition of sustainability
Questions Catholics Ask:
What does the church have to say about suicide?
I heard all the big heresies were invented by the 5th century
VISION Vocation Guide YouTube channel:
Reflections of Gratitude for Sisters, Brothers, and Priests (Part 7)
Resources for Year of Consecrated Life
Year of Consecrated Life prayer cards and printed parish resource packets are still available. Email your order to email@example.com.
All of our Year of Consecrated Life resources are also available online, including the 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 parish to use the materials in liturgies, parish bulletins, church gatherings, and classrooms.
Discover Your Path: Best of VISION
Read our e-book Discover Your Path: Best of VISION Vocation Guide found on Amazon.
“Discovering our vocation in life is absolutely impossible without coming to some awareness of our own life stories and a deep appreciation of the advice and support of friends,” writes Friar Douglas Adam Greer, O.P., in VISION 2002. “Getting to know what makes us tick, what energizes us, what vision of life gives us hope, pounded-out and pulled-together in the mortar and pestle of friendship, is the process through which we come to make an informed vocation choice.”
To that end, the articles collected in Discover Your Path will help you pound out and pull together information and insights into where God might be calling you—a process often referred to as “vocation discernment.”
Short takes for VISION Community Sponsors
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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 that priests, brothers, and sisters have had on you.
Contact Jennifer Tomshack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEEP IN MIND
Please be sure to contact vocation directors of the communities that interest you when you go through Vocation Match. You will find their help essential as you sort through your options and consider your best course.
Find more tips here.
5 ways to share the faith on social networks
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