Wadi Rum, Jordan
Photo courtesy of VISION editor Jennifer Tomshack
A voice proclaims:
In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway of our God!
Advent: A time for making paths straight
Making straight our path is harder than most of us imagine when we first begin our spiritual journey. We face relentless distractions and stubborn obstacles. Often the biggest road block is our own fear: Fear of the unknown, fear of being alone, fear of making the wrong choices.
Advent is the time the church sets aside each year for us to step outside of our comfort zone and concentrate on where we are now and where we hope to go. In the weeks ahead, look at the road you're on. Is it straight? Will it lead to Bethlehem and the coming of the Lord in your life? Draw on the wisdom of angels and fear not as you determine your correct course.
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Resources for Year of Consecrated Life
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Beholden to no one but God, by Catherine O'Connell-Cahill
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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.”
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