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FEBRUARY 2019 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter


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Discernment Matters
The choices of a lifetime
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VALUES RULE

If you’ve had any religious instruction, it probably involved an introduction to "the rules." These rules certainly included the Ten Commandments, plus an assortment of other codes of behavior: Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, Precepts of the Church, and the Beatitudes. Lists of seven Capital (Deadly) Sins or nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit help to hone our aim.

Every child benefits from knowing these lists, and plenty of adult Bible study sessions are invigorated by their reappraisal. But in the end, throwing the rules at each circumstance we encounter is no way to live a life. Despite our keenest wish to make it so, it’s impossible to anticipate tomorrow’s questions with today’s answers. Not knowing the question makes it silly to reply confidently that the answer is “Tuesday.”

Yet people of faith are timid about embracing so-called situation ethics: the idea that context is a consideration. Christian values don’t change, but they do reprioritize. Sometimes justice becomes more important than peace, or compassion more appropriate than judgment. If they know we’re Christians by our love, let’s admit that love covers a lot of territory. We love our children when we discipline them as much as when we tickle them. No rulebook can tell us which to apply, but loving relationship does.

Love is social, not solitary, which means an application of rules must be responsive to the flexibility that relationships involve. Our values, more than our rules, will lead the way.

—Alice Camille,
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications

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VISION connects to youth in Panama
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2019_vision_banners_steps_handout_intro.jpgThe VISION crew met thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims at the Vocation Fair in Panama City's Omar Park. We passed out thousands of prayer cards and VISION bookmarks and signed up hundreds to receive daily "Take Five" meditations and stay connected with VISION. One lucky pilgrim won our Fit Bit door prize.

We answered many questions about religious life and vocation discernment. Our banner display on the Four Steps to Vocation Discernment was a big hit.
An article (in English and Spanish) and pdf of "Four steps to vocation discernment" now available online.

We look forward to the 2022 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal. Hope to see you there! 


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Cullings from VISION Vocation Network
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YOUTUBE

Show me a sign - Sister Sarah: What if my family isn't Catholic?

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