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  BELONG 18.15 | April 22, 2018  |  A digital newsletter for the St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Community 

This Sunday is the  55th manifestation of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This week we take a look at this moment with several elements below, including a message from Pope Francis who states “Vocation is today!  The Christian mission is now!  Each one of us is called – whether to the lay life in marriage, to the priestly life in the ordained ministry, or to a life of special consecration – in order to become a witness of the Lord, here and now.”

 

"What’s My Vocation” video clip. “What should I do with my life?” It’s a question on many hearts, maybe even our own. In this video, Father Mike Schmitz gives some direction that can lead to an answer for ourselves or someone we know. He shares how a vocation is more than just figuring out whether we’re called to married life or religious life, and it’s about more than just finding out what we like to do. As he breaks down three different types of vocation we all have, he draws a practical path we can follow to pursue holiness. To see this YouTube video clip go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJz9PbakIzY

EXCERPT OF MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2018 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS
The Fifty-fifth World Day of Prayer for Vocations once again proclaims this good news to us, and in a decisive manner.  We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation! Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us.  He is God-with-us, who walks along the often dusty paths of our lives.  He knows our anxious longing for love and he calls us to joy.  

In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness. These three aspects – listening, discerning and living – were also present at beginning of Jesus’ own mission, when, after his time of prayer and struggle in the desert, he visited his synagogue of Nazareth.  There, he listened to the word, discerned the content of the mission entrusted to him by the Father, and proclaimed that he came to accomplish it “today” (Lk 4:16-21).

Listening

The Lord’s call – let it be said at the outset – is not as clear-cut as any of those things we can hear, see or touch in our daily experience.  God comes silently and discreetly, without imposing on our freedom.  Thus it can happen that his voice is drowned out by the many worries and concerns that fill our minds and hearts.

We need, then, to learn how to listen carefully to his word and the story of his life, but also to be attentive to the details of our own daily lives, in order to learn how to view things with the eyes of faith, and to keep ourselves open to the surprises of the Spirit. We will never discover the special, personal calling that God has in mind for us if we remain enclosed in ourselves, in our usual way of doing things, in the apathy of those who fritter away their lives in their own little world. 

Discerning

When Jesus, in the synagogue of Nazareth, reads the passage of the prophet Isaiah, he discerns the content of the mission for which he was sent, and presents it to those who awaited the Messiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Lk 4:18-19). In the same way, each of us can discover his or her own vocation only through spiritual discernment.  This is “a process by which a person makes fundamental choices, in dialogue with the Lord and listening to the voice of the Spirit, starting with the choice of one’s state in life.” Thus we come to discover that Christian vocation always has a prophetic dimension. Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to “read within” his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission.

Living

Lastly, Jesus announces the newness of the present hour, which will enthuse many and harden the heart of others.  The fullness of time has come, and he is the Messiah proclaimed by Isaiah and anointed to liberate prisoners, to restore sight to the blind and to proclaim the merciful love of God to every creature.  Indeed, Jesus says that “today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21).

Vocation is today!  The Christian mission is now!  Each one of us is called – whether to the lay life in marriage, to the priestly life in the ordained ministry, or to a life of special consecration – in order to become a witness of the Lord, here and now.

To listen to that voice, to discern our personal mission in the Church and the world, and at last to live it in the today that God gives us. May Mary Most Holy, who as a young woman living in obscurity heard, accepted and experienced the Word of God made flesh, protect us and accompany us always on our journey.

~Pope Francis I
From the Vatican, 3 December 2017 First Sunday of Advent    

To read the complete message go to http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/upload/papa-francesco_20171203_55-messaggio-giornata-mondiale-vocazioni.pd

 

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, April 22nd, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday."  The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage (www.usccb.org/vocations).

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Altera septimana (Latin for “until next week”)!

 

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