Spend time in the desert
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All holiness requires time in the desert. For some it’s a figurative trek to a desolate place fraught with doubt. Others brave a literal journey to an isolated land, where they face their demons.
Anthony the Great (b. 251), the father of monasticism, spent much of his life in the desert mastering and mentoring others in simple holiness. He told his monks that for those holy ones who remain undistracted from their vision, “an immediate joy, gladness, and courage arise in the soul.”
Such focus and courage can be seen in another whom we honor this month, Martin Luther King, Jr., an Alabama preacher who had a dream “that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression,” would “be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”
Find encouragement and inspiration for your desert journey on VocationNetwork.org. Be sure to sign up to receive Take Five for Faith daily reflections, from which this article was excerpted.
Six items for your New Year's list
courtesy of Pope Francis
With January comes commitments to do better and be better. Here are six things you may want to put on your to-do list that Pope Francis outlined for the faithful in Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel):
Be rooted in prayer
Be a listener
Move outward, beyond yourself
Be attentive to the poor and vulnerable
Remember Mary’s by your side
Read more at "Six things Pope Francis wants you to know" in VISION 2016.
Today's Catholic Sisters - final gathering
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 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!
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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Questions Catholics Ask
for Year of Consecrated Life
Resources for the Year of Consecrated Life (which will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, 2016) 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
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“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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