Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What Happens If I Miss God's Call?

Recently a 21-year old woman asked me this question. It caused me to reflect on the many ways God chooses to call us. First, I assured her that if we don't hear God's call the first time, God will call again. God is persistent! And rarely does God speak directly to us in such a way that we have no doubts. God sometimes brings up a thought in prayer. Many times God uses others to speak to us. This is what happened to me.

For three years I had been thinking off and on about religious life, but I think it scared me, so I kept putting it to the back of my mind. Finally, a friend of mine told me she herself had heard God's call, and this became the grace for me to take my own call more seriously.
I also find that it helps to develop listening skills so we are more able to listen consciously for the inner voice of the Spirit. What has been your experience?
Sr. Marie Lucek, OP
Juneau, AK

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