A time to listen and follow:
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Sunday, April 17, 2016
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is first of all a day about the power of many people praying together to realize God’s desires for the world. It is also a day for vocations, bringing to the church’s attention the joys of a life dedicated to prayer and service as priests, deacons, sisters, and brothers. Living a life of Christian witness carries with it much responsibility, but when practiced with humility and compassion it engenders deep personal satisfaction. Such a choice and commitment is something to consider and encourage.
Start this day with a prayer about your own religious vocation. Have you considered religious life, holy orders, or lay ministry? The church needs you and your commitment to serve. Be open to unexpected options, and in the words of Pope John Paul II, “Trust Christ, because he trusts you.”
Jesus calls us by name to follow him. The question for any Christian then becomes, How? What path will lead me closest to God? What way can I best serve? Determining one’s calling is not always easy. But each of us can take certain helpful steps: 1) pray and reflect on what you feel drawn to and where your talents lie; 2) talk to a pastoral minister or spiritual director; 3) confide in trusted friends and family members who can help you consider your options objectively; 4) commit yourself to various practices (Eucharist, service, establishing and maintaining healthy relationships) that will strengthen your spirit and keep you from becoming self-absorbed.
Listen to the Good Shepherd’s voice and you will know unconditional love; follow in the Good Shepherd’s footsteps and you will share that unconditional love with others. That is the vocation of every Christian: to listen and follow.
- Adapted from Take Five for Faith: Daily renewal for busy Catholics,
published by TrueQuest Communications
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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.”
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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