Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Marianist vocation - deep gladness

Last evening the Marianists of the Province of Meribah hosted their Operation Fiat at the Kellenberg Memorial Community. Young men from their Marianist high schools are invited to Evening Prayer, talk and dinner. Over eighty were in attendance at Operation Fiat last evening.

This was a time to think about vocation, in the sense of the work to which you will give your life. Here’s how one writer, Frederick Buechner, captured that narrower sense of vocation:
It comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a [person] is called to by God. There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than of Society, say, or the Superego, or Self-interest. The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve probably met requirement (a), but if your work is writing TV deodorant commercials, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if most of the time you’re bored and depressed by it, the chances are that you have not only bypassed (a) but probably aren’t helping your patients much either.
Buechner then adds this poignant conclusion: "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." Pray for those discerning a Marianist religious vocation.