What is your calling?

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Monday 19, August 2013 | Category:   Vocation and Discernment
"THERE ARE a handful of young people across the country who have interpreted 'calling' in perhaps the most literal way possible."
A couple of articles in the news this past week have addressed this question of calling, purpose, and vocation.

First, Emma Green of The Atlantic shares her thoughts on this in the context of the millennial generation in her article Why Would a Millennial Become a Priest or Nun? The highlights that struck me come at the beginning of the article:

"There are a handful of young people across the country who have interpreted 'calling' in perhaps the most literal way possible: By devoting their lives to the Church. The decision seems radical in the context of common stereotypes about millennials, a generation often accused of lack of discipline, skepticism bordering on snark, preference for a hook-up culture, and only the vaguest spiritual impulses. These millennials defy those clichés, taking lifelong vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to God—and to the Catholic Church, which, especially in their lifetimes, has been regularly plagued by scandal.

Sister Colleen Gibson, a 27-year-old in the second year of her formal training with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia, took the quiz on a website during college to determine what the best path might be for her. "It's like Match.com, but for religious communities," she explained. After identifying some of the aspects of religious life that appealed to her, she clicked a box to send her answers to various orders that might be a fit. "The next morning when I woke up and opened up my inbox, there were 40 emails—it scared me to death. It's like throwing red meat into a lion's den." In time, obviously, Sister Colleen found the community with the best fit, and her may options gave her the chance to look at different kinds of communities.

The website Sister Colleen searched is the VISION Vocation Network's very own Vocation Match survey!

Second, on the Huffington Post Agapi Stassinopouslos posted a blog item regarding the topic of "purpose" and "calling" in her piece "5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling."

", , , When we connect to our heart's calling," Stassinopouslos says, "everything starts to have meaning. So I have come up with five questions that as you answer can bring your calling closer to you.

"What am I here to learn?

What am I here to teach?

What am I here to overcome?

What am I here to complete?

What am I here to express?"

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