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FEBRUARY 2016 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter 



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Welcome to Lent!

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SOME OF US have the custom of wishing one another a "good Lent." Why good? Shouldn't we be wishing one another a solemn or serious or remorseful Lent? Maybe we should, but it is entirely appropriate to extend this good wish to others. Lent is good. It's good because it focuses us on what is most important. 

Every year Lent invites us to prepare for the celebration of the great high feast of Easter. It calls us to join ourselves more closely to the main event of our faith: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 

One of the things that gives Lent such power is hearing once again the voice of God calling us, a voice filled with patience, love, and mercy. With regret but also with joy we realize that voice has always been speaking to us, though we haven't always listened. 

So we gather to make our prayer for mercy and give thanks for God's unfailing compassion. We receive a mark on our foreheads as a sign of an inner change of heart and mind that will express itself in our attitudes and what we do. 

It is a blessed time. In it we draw closer to our Lord, and we learn to pray more deeply, remove the obstacles to love, and give of ourselves more generously. What could be better than that? Have a good Lent! 

- By Joel Schorn, excerpted from Prepare the Word,
published by TrueQuest Communications

 

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Give yourself a spiritual workout this Lent

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GIVING UP THINGS that mean little to us is good but cannot really impact the state of our souls. A much better exercise is to look critically at how we spend time in prayer, what we worship in the secular world, or how we spend our money.

Try these Lenten fasts: 

  1. Proclaim an electronic fast on weekends. That means no iPad, iPod, Blackberry, or computer until Monday morning. Then spend the resulting free time visiting people you love and spending quality time with your spouse and children. 

  2. Stay out of unnecessary stores during Lent. Anything beyond the grocery store, pharmacy, etc., is off-limits. Instead of adding more stuff during Lent, give away or throw away three things each day before Easter. 

  3. Go green in a big way. Every day perform a Lenten “random act of kindness for the earth.” Keep a journal of your green project work, and after Easter do these acts regularly. 

  4. Fast from media during Lent. Stop watching TV or Internet news or even listening to the radio. For 40 days, turn your thoughts to God. Choose to spend your time reading a book or magazine that feeds your soul. 

  5. Walk everywhere you can. Limit gas usage to a certain amount and make it last all week. Each day, walk with God. Simply imagine that you and Jesus Christ are running or walking side by side. Talk to him and listen to him.


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IF YOU'RE IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, stop by VISION Vocation Guide's booth (#775) at the Religious Education Congress, Feb. 26-28, 2016. 

Social Media Editor Siobhan O'Neill Meluso will be answering questions, offering information about VISION and Vocation Match, providing other vocation resources to use at your school and parish—and raffling off a fun and flashy prize!

Spread the word about us to Congress attendees and exhibitors!


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Cullings from VISION Vocation Network

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SpiritCitings

First vows of Sisters of Our Lady of Sion novices celebrated

Jesuit to receive James Beard Humanitarian of the Year award


Questions Catholics Ask

What exactly is a "Jubilee Year"? What's a "Holy Year"? I hear the Year of Mercy called both.

Is it a sin to eat meat on Fridays during Lent or just a suggestion?


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Five signs religious life might be right for you

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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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