Monday, April 23, 2018

World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 22, 2018

"Our Calling"

For some people, the question of their calling is very difficult to decipher; for others, it follows from an early intuition and practically unfolds of its own accord.  For some, it can be the singular and exclusive direction their life takes; for others, it can change and follow new directions.  Again, some people never seem to find what they are called to do; this can burden them with a continual restlessness and dissatisfaction.  When you find what you are called to do, your life takes on a focus and purpose.  You come into rhythm with the deeper longing of your heart.

The nature of the calling can change over time, taking a person down pathways never anticipated.  The calling opens new territories within the heart; this in turn deepens the calling itself.  The faces of the calling change; what at the beginning seemed simple and dear can become ambivalent and complex as it unfolds.  To develop a heart that is generous and equal to this complexity is the continual challenge of growth.  This is the creative tension that dwells at the heart of vocation.  One is urged and coaxed beyond the pale regions into rich territories of risk and promise.

~ John O'Donohue

Monday, April 9, 2018

Receiving Graciously

It will all come to us one day even though we have probably experienced it many times in our own lives-receiving.

We have learned how to give, how to minister. We’ve learned to “be of help.” It’s appears to be a different set of skills yet they may be strangely connected.

To receive. To welcome the other in. It is never to early to learn. To receive and to allow the other to be of service. To welcome the help as a gift and with a smile allows the other to be enhanced. To let go of being and doing and to embrace being and receiving can be a challenge and opens the heart in ways that we could never ask for or imagine.

Yes, giving and receiving are strangely connected.

Kathy Brady, OP
Milwaukee, WI

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