Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vocation Joy

O royal Power of Israel controlling at Your will the gate of heaven:
Come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death
and lead Your captive people into freedom.

Christ Jesus, You are the key to the happiness of our hearts.
The darkness of sin and the awareness of our weaknesses drag us down,
but You have come to lift us up and redeem us.
We place all our hope in You who have freed us from sin.
Teach us to open the doors of our hearts to You
and to one another through awareness of the mystery of Your Presence in others.
Lead us into the light of Your love and grace. Amen.

When discerning your religious vocation it helps to ask, “What gives me hope?”

Remember Mary running to Elizabeth sharing her great Hope and rejoicing.

So what brings you hope?
Pay attention to what pulls at your heartstrings.

I remember last year when I visited the Missionaries of Charity in the South Bronx. I was walking through a room near the chapel when a little poster caught my eye. It read, "The surest sign of God’s presence is Joy.”

A calling, a vocation, is an invitation to a particular path of nurturing and loving Jesus supernaturally conceived inside you. Think about joy!