The vocation journey:
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Mount Nebo, where Moses gazed at the Promised Land before dying.
In a trip to Jordan last year, VISION editorial director, Jennifer Tomshack, glimpsed the Promised Land from the same spot Moses did—atop Mount Nebo. "And," she writes in "Desert discernment" in VISION 2017, "Like Moses, I did not enter it. I haven’t been to Israel and hope to go someday, and I’m now glad I went to Jordan first. It was an opportunity to reflect on the necessity of preparation before reaching a destination, that it’s absolutely essential to spend a period in the desert—literally or metaphorically—and be tested, to discover if a vocation, a mission, an identity is meant for you."
As you prepare for your vocation journey, let VISION 2017 be your guide.
Other articles featured in the 2017 issue:
Navigating the right course, by Sister Nathalie Becquart, Xav.
The sea, with its changing conditions of turbulence and calm, is a parable of life that can teach us how to steer a path to joy.
Celibacy leads me to limitless love, by Sister Julia Walsh, F.S.P.A.
Being boy-crazy as a teenager actually helped this Franciscan sister experience the call to Catholic sisterhood.
VISION Spotlight: Vocation takes cultivation
Like plants, people, too, need to germinate in the right environment before they bloom. One monastic sister learned this lesson from tending her garden. Other religious learn similar lessons by their nurture of nature.
Brotherly advice: Enjoy your vocation!, by Heidi Schlumpf
Parker Jordan wrestled a while with “vocation anxiety syndrome.” But his willingness to turn to God for direction slowly led him to brotherhood and a life of deep gladness.
Ugandan sister mends lives, by Jennifer Tomshack
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J. is helping to create a future for victims of civil war with care, compassion—and sewing machines.
Persistent call pays off, by Leslie Scanlon
“I wanted to do something that impacted people’s lives,” says Father Paul Henson, O.Carm. While that knowledge was sure, it took some false starts before he knew Carmelite life was for him.
Pope Francis wants YOU to be a missionary, by Catherine O'Connell-Cahill
Catholics can never delegate the job of spreading the Good News. The joy of the gospel is meant to be shared—by you.
Read much, much more in VISION 2017!
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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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