It's time to open your gift
Christmas is about being and becoming. We know who God becomes: the Word made flesh; and we know who God is, was, and ever shall be: our savior. But who are you now and who do you want to become? You can be light and joy to the world; you can be part of God’s saving plan. You only need to unwrap the gift you’ve already received from Jesus Christ: grace upon grace (John 1:16). Merry Christmas!
God's mercy awaits, always
Your spiritual journey begins not when you first realize how much you love God but when you realize just how much God loves you. God has stored up an everlasting supply of tender mercy just for you. Accepting this abundant gift will give you the strength and hope you need to follow the right path toward wholeness and fulfillment.
You may then respond with confidence to the Christian call to “give consolation to every man and woman of our time,” as Pope Francis phrased it when he proclaimed 2016 to be a Holy Year of Mercy. All consolation is rooted in the warmth of God’s embrace.
How appropriate it is that the Year of Mercy begins before the Year of Consecrated Life has ended, since those in religious life have a special charge to extend God's loving mercy.
The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and ends on Nov. 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. The Year of Consecrated Life concludes on Feb. 2, 2016, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
Today's Catholic Sisters
WHO THEY ARE. WHY WE NEED THEM.
Don't miss your chance to learn about the newest generation of Catholic sisters and why we need them now more than ever at one more upcoming gathering. 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 by a grant from the GHR Foundation, feature several young sisters, along with the authors of New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity.
A Q&A session and raffle follows 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!
Jan. 23, 2016 at 9 am-12 pm - Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California
Note: The gatherings this fall were a great success! Thanks to all who participated and attended.
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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Resources for Year of Consecrated Life
Year of Consecrated Life resources are 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 use of these 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.”
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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