The Meaning of Vocation in the words of John Paul II

Replying with a prompt yes in light of the greatness of the calling

Take heart young people! Christ is calling you and the world awaits you! Remember that the Kingdom of God needs your generous and complete dedication. Do not act like the rich young man, who invited by Christ, was unable to choose and kept his possessions and his sadness (cf. Mt 19: 22), he who had been looked upon with a loving gaze (cf. Mt 19: 21). Act like those fishermen who, called by Jesus, immediately left everything behind and became fishers of men (cf. Mt 14: 18-22). (Rome, Italy, February 2, 1989)

It is always Christ who sends. But whom does he send? You, young people, are the ones he looks upon with love. Christ, who says, "Follow me," wants you to live your lives with a sense of vocation. The search and discovery of God's will for you is a deep and fascinating endeavour. Every vocation, every path to which Christ calls us, ultimately leads to fulfillment and happiness, because it leads to God, to sharing in God's own life. (Manila, Philippines, January 13, 1996)

Know the greatness of this mission, let yourselves be completely caught up in this whirlpool at whose centre God himself is at work. Be fully aware of carrying out a mission that cannot be replaced. Do not let tiredness or disappointment dull that freshness of self-giving that the priestly vocation demands. (Bari, Italy, February 26, 1984)

My Yes

I am created to do something for which no one else is created.

I occupy my place in God's designs, in God's world: a place occupied
by no one else.

It matters little if I am rich, poor, despised or esteemed by others:

God knows me and calls me by name.

He has given me a work that He has not given anyone else.
I have my mission.

In some way I am necessary to His plans, as necessary in my place as an archangel in his.

He has not created me uselessly. I will do good, I will do His work.

I will be an angel of peace, a preacher of the truth in the place He has assigned me even without my knowing it.

As long as I follow His commandments and serve Him in my vocation.
(J.H. Newman)


      It helps, now and then,
      to step back and take the long view.
      The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
      it is even beyond our vision.
      We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
      of the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord's work.
      Nothing we do is complete,
      which is another way of saying
      the kingdom always lies beyond us...
      No statement says all that should be said.
      No prayer fully expresses our faith...
      No set of goals and objectives includes everything...
      We plant seeds that one day will grow.
      We water seeds already planted,
      knowing that they hold future promise....
      We provide yeast that produces
      effects far beyond our capabilities...
      We are workers, not master builders,
      ministers, not messiahs.
      We are prophets of a future that is not our own

      (Adapted from a prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero)

Late Have I Loved You

Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient,
ever new, Late have I loved You!
You were within me, but I was outside,
and it was there that I searched for You.
In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely
things which You created.
You were within me,but I was not with You.
Created things kept me from You;
yet if they had not been in You they would not have been at all.
You called, You shouted and You broke through my deafness.
You flashed, You shone and you dispelled my blindness.
You breathed Your fragrance on me;
I drew in breath and now I pant for You.
I have tasted You,
now I hunger and thirst for more.
You touched me
and I burned for Your peace.
                                                St. Augustine

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