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Online Retreat 2015: Grace Upon Grace
This year's Online Retreat features some reflections by Steve Bevans, SVD, on the nature of Christian Vocation.
First of all, Steve says, vocation is a call to be ourselves. It is a call as well to be witnesses to Christ in the world because of our Baptism. For those who are baptized, God calls some to the married state and others to the single state, and for some--either as married or single--to a life of ministry in the church: as lay persons, as consecrated persons, or as ordained. As human beings, as Christians, as ministers, God has lavished gifts upon us all, and part of our vocational search is to discover these gifts and cultivate them.
This year's retreat is an invitation to reflect more deeply on our vocational journey, to pray along the way, and perhaps to discover new directions for our life. Bon voyage!
You can use these questions for your personal reflection, or leave a comment below.
- Write down one or two things that you learned from the talk. If you want, share them in the comment box below.
- During World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis urged young people to become “missionary disciples.” How might you connect Pope Francis’s words to what you heard in this talk?
- Why is the most basic vocation the vocation to be fully oneself?
- Why do you feel called to ministry in the church? What kind of ministry do you feel called to? Lay ministry? Religious life? Ordained ministry?