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CALL TO MIND GOD’S CALL
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AUGUST 2019 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

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2020 VISION: Focus your calling
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LET'S CLEAR THINGS UP

A YOUNG MAN I KNOW recently started to experience double vision. His first thought was, “Oh well, it will work itself out.” But in very short order, he realized that without clear vision, he simply could not function. A doctor’s visit led to immediate admittance to the hospital. After multiple scans and second opinions, brain surgery followed to remove a benign tumor that, if undetected much longer, would have led to stroke and death. Poor vision actually saved him.

Similarly in our spiritual lives, lack of clear focus is often the impetus for saving action. As we struggle to find our way forward and understand our place in the world, we soon realize that we need help. We turn to prayer, a trusted friend, a counselor, a spiritual director, a reliable guide such as VISION, or a vocation director—and often all of the above. Eventually the haze lifts and we can clearly see the path that God has laid out for us.

We encourage you to take time to adjust your view and focus your calling. Give it the attention it deserves. Do the scans (i.e., spiritual inventory), get the second opinion (i.e., seek wise counsel), and consider all your options. And above all, don’t forget to factor in the consequences of inaction.

Look for inspiration in the pages of VISION 2020. Read of the sister who unexpectedly falls in love right before it’s time to take vows (Who you gonna love?), or of the brother who found his vocation on the top of a mountain as a man lay dying in his arms (Mountaintop encounter crystallizes my vocation). Murder (A jolt, then a call), mayhem (Listen closely), and pizza parties (Sister Norma Pimentel takes our questions) also factor into the diverse and unique mix that leads men and women to see their vocation clearly.

We are confident that with some adjustments along the way and good lightening, you, too, will find your calling. And one thing is guaranteed, there will never be a moment on your journey when you are not loved. That is God’s promise that will forever remain clear.

—Patrice J. Tuohy, VISION Publisher

Read much, much more in VISION 2020!

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Discernment Matters
The choices of a lifetime
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EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY: IT'S PART OF GOD'S PLAN 

Roman Catholicism is stereotyped as promoting a dogmatic perspective toward God, the world, and the human person. As our Creed professes, we do have dogmas and won’t be pitching them out the window tomorrow. Still, unyielding proclamations within church tradition are rare. Most teaching proves adaptable to new circumstances.

Pope Francis observes that our understanding and expression of doctrine, “is not a closed system, devoid of the dynamic capacity to pose questions, doubts, inquiries.” The pope invites us to take the incarnation seriously. Our lives and struggles “all possess an interpretational value that we cannot ignore.” Human wondering helps us all wonder, Francis says; our heartfelt questions question us. 

Allow for some nail-biting here. Isn’t the church, arbiter of divine truth, supposed to know everything? If we have the answers, of what use are more questions?

Chemistry professor Steven Meyer offers a clue from science in Awaken the Stars: “Uncertainty is a fundamental principle of physics and is written into the very fabric of the universe.” If uncertainty figures into Creation’s design, it can’t be equated with heresy. Nor is uncertainty akin to stupidity or disordered thinking. Not knowing is actually okay.

Historians warn that history is the study of competing truths, not truth itself. In math, many problems don’t produce a single answer but offer only “the deeply unsatisfying ‘It depends,’” mathematician Stephanie Salomone admits. Faith itself can’t be confused with certainty. If the way before us weren’t dark, we wouldn’t need the light of faith.

—Alice Camille,
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications

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