By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications
“The saying in the real estate industry is “Location, location, location!” But here in the Diocese of Arlington, following the direction of the Holy Father last Sunday, we’ve been reciting “Vocation, vocation, vocation!”
1. Did you say “vacation”? As Catholics, it’s easy to forget that the term “vocation” is not as widely used among our Christian brothers and sisters, or the culture at large. Let’s remember to break it down for others so to better explain what we mean by “discerning a vocation” or “living our my vocation.”
Vocare (Latin) – to call. Who’s doing the calling? God. And what’s his call ? His primary call is to invite each of us by name to be disciples. Then He invites us to make a gift of our life in a way that is unique and unrepeatable, a gift through which we find our salvation and bring others to Christ.
2. The popes are unanimous: it takes prayer and courage to discover and live your vocation.
“In the hidden recesses of the human heart the grace of a vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Christ and an individual, in which a personal invitation is given. Christ calls the person by name and says: “Come, follow me.” This call, this mysterious inner voice of Christ, is heard most clearly in silence and prayer.” –Pope Saint John Paul II
I hope that young people, who are presented with so many superficial and ephemeral options, will be able to cultivate a desire for what is truly worthy, for lofty objectives, radical choices, service to others in imitation of Jesus. Dear young people, do not be afraid to follow him and to walk the demanding and courageous paths of charity and generous commitment! In that way you will be happy to serve, you will be witnesses of a joy that the world cannot give, you will be living flames of an infinite and eternal love, you will learn to “give an account of the hope that is within you” (1 Pt 3:15) –Pope Benedict XVI
“I wish you good journey of discernment. For each one of us, the Lord has his vocation, that place He wants us to live our lives. But we must seek it, find it; and then, continue in it, always going onward.” –Pope Francis
3. Where to begin? Here are some prayers to get you started!
4. How can I pray in a unique way for those discerning? The Saint Therese Society is a group of men and women who pray for vocations and for the individuals in formation as priests and religious in our diocese. The Society gives these men and women who have responded to God’s call the knowledge that hundreds of their brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for them. Members of the society receive a pocket-sized calendar in the mail several times a year that lists someone in formation from the Diocese of Arlington to pray for each day.
5. Bishop Loverde reminds young adults throughout our diocese to use their talents, whatever the circumstance, with faith:
So do not delay any longer to enter more deeply into a relationship with Jesus! He is the only one Who can supply you with the grace needed to share your talents in a way that will be life-giving. –Bishop Loverde
We are urged to remain alert and sensitive to the opportunities the Lord places before us whether we are at work, or with friends, or commuting around the area. –Bishop Loverde
Let us ask for help from Our Mother and Advocate to “do whatever he tells [us] to do” (Jn 2:5) with joy!
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