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MARCH 2018 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter
 



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Three days that changed the world

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We are now entering the holiest time of the liturgical calendar, the Triduum (pronouced tri'-je-wum), marked by the three days leading to Easter: the evening of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and the morning of Easter. What makes these days so sacred? These are the days that giving meaning to all the other days of the year. In Christ's death and resurrection we are assured that our lives have value, that death isn't the last word, that our sacrifice serves a purpose, that our suffering is redeemed, that love conquers hate--always. 



Discernment Matters
The choices of a lifetime

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THE SECRET TO HEARING YOUR CALL

Whenever I befriend a priest or someone in religious life, I ask them: How did you know this is what you wanted to do with your life? I ask the same thing of married friends: What clues led you to be sure that this one was the one? There’s always a story, and one way or another it involves a mysterious element known as the call.

The details vary widely. Some folks do fall in love at first sight, and report saying to themselves: I’m going to live the rest of my life with that person! A significant context may awaken a dormant desire: While attending a weeklong retreat, someone becomes convinced that a more intimate way of following Jesus is required of him or her. When I was 16, I once stood under a starry night sky and felt moved to whisper a prayer to the Author of such beauty: “Take me!” While nothing happened instantly, that prayer led me on a decades-long path to find what offering my life to God entails and how many occasions (never obligations) there are to confirm or deny that choice.

The number one criteria for receiving a divinely inspired summons is to be fully awake; that is, to be both self-aware and deeply externally observant. Those who stagger through routines of life with their eyes half-closed and their passions numbed by distractions will likely miss the arrival of their heart’s desire—even though it shouts for their attention.

—Alice Camille, 
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications


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VISION READERS, please let us know what more we can do to help you in your discernment or ministry. We welcome your feedback. Please share your own stories on the positive influence that priests, brothers, and sisters have had on you.

Contact Jennifer Tomshack at jenniferrebecca@truequestweb.com.

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