Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Days

This summer I have had the privilege of being part of a Vocation Panel for junior high and high school campers at our diocesan Catholic Camp.  Panelists have shared their life journey with these young people and “tried to” answer their questions.  This has been an amazing experience as I have discovered that most young Catholic people have never even met a Sister, let alone have any regular contact with a woman religious.

My other significant summer experience has been meeting with a young woman, Chelsea,  who has been discerning a vocation to the Ursuline Sisters.  Sharing her spiritual journey has been a real blessing for me.

Both of these experiences have caused me to think about the value of religious life.  Chelsea’s journey of faith is filled with hope and a great desire to be “sister” to those who serve others through the vocation of religious life.  The campers’ curiosity about religious life and their real desire to consider it as a life option confirmed my belief that God continues to call women and men to join with sisters and brothers in a lifestyle characterized by common and personal prayer, ministry, community and witness to the presence of God’s reign here and now.

How is God calling you to witness to God’s reign present here and now?

Georgia Acker, OP  
Bowling Green, KY

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