Several times yearly I am asked to give a presentation on vocations to students or RCIA candidates. This always causes me to revisit the gift of my own vocation.
I was attending Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School in Lafayette and was being taught by Sisters. I remember thinking I would really like to be a teacher. Actually from 8th grade on, I was involved in teaching religion classes to the younger students who came to classes on Saturdays and after school.
During my freshman year of high school, one of my friends confided that she was going to go to the convent. I thought I would tag along. Actually, she never went but I proceeded and found my true niche.
The Holy Spirit used that little ruse of “my friend saying she was going” to get me thinking about the possibilities of joining religious life.
I certainly had many things to learn and many ways to grow during the past 55 the years. I am so very grateful to have been led into this wonderful vocation.
A few years ago, one of the books I received for Christmas was Thomas Merton’sA Book of Hours. In the book Merton writes about vocation:
“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny. This means to say that we should not passively exist, but actively participate in God’s creative freedom, in our own lives, and in the lives of others, by choosing the truth. To put it better, we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity.”
This is a lifelong work and vocation for every person. Let us pray for one another as we actively work with God in creating the truth and in living our own identity and our own vocation in love.