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Vocation Story

God's call and our response

Anna Saltzman

on 9 January 2014

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Transcript of Vocation Story

It’s your life’s call from God and your response to that call.
What’s your vocation?
My Story - a call to Mercy
God’s unique call/invitation to you
to a way of life that is happy, life-giving and fulfilling; through which you participate in bringing to fruition God’s dream/desire for yourself and for all of creation.
Pray to the Holy Spirit, ask God to open your heart and mind to God's movements in your life.

Allow your life to speak to you, what are your gifts, talents, interests? Listen to your attractions. What do you feel drawn to? Pay attention to your inner self: notice where you experience energy, interest or desire.

Explore your possibilities: Talk with people who have the experience. Share your thoughts with people whom you know and trust, and listen.

Continue to pray and allow your life to speak. Trust that God is in you giving you direction.

Notice where you experience the fruits of the Spirit ( love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency and chastity.) Continue to pray and listen.
How do I know what my vocation is?
Consecrated / Religious Life as a Sister or Nun – Is a life dedicated to God and the following of Jesus through the profession of vows; it is a life of prayer in community and in service to others.
What kind of Sisters/ Nuns are there? The main types of religious lifestyle are:
What is a Religious Vocation?
I was born in Philadelphia to a Catholic family
I am the oldest of 6 children, 3 girls & 3 boys
The first 7 of my school years where in a Catholic School in Philadelphia.
Our family moved to NJ when I was 12, and I began attending Public School. This was both a traumatic and blessed event in my life.
During HS Sisters in the Parish invited me to consider Religious Life ... I did, and decided it wasn't for me, at least "they" weren't right for me.
Got on with my life ... Job, College, Dating...
Met a Sister of Mercy 3 years after HS ... and it's all history or is it mystery from there.
b. Cloistered – These sisters limit direct contact with people and access to the outside world. They choose to live and work exclusively within the monastery. Usually, their ministry is to pray for the needs of the world.

c. Contemplative – Nuns focus primarily on prayer. These communities generally pray many times a day, attend daily Mass, read scripture and spiritual works, maintain periods of silence, and perform labor to sustain the community.
To Habit or Not To Habit
The original reason for Sisters/Nuns to wear a habit, was to wear the dress of the common people.
The habit became a recognized symbol of faith in God.
In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council, met and called for reform of the Church and Religious Life. Religious were called to live in the spirit of their founders as followers of Jesus Christ.
Many orders decided to stop wearing habits, and to go back to wearing the dress of the common people.
These Sisters/ Nuns generally wear a simple ring and/or medals as a sign of their commitment to God. Some communities still wear habits, many wear clothing of the common people, and some allow habits to be optional.
Sisters come
from many kinds of family constructs
with various life experiences
from distinct cultures
with different gifts and talents
speaking different languages
possessing various interests
with different levels of education
at varying ages,
etc., ..... etc., .... etc., ............
What I've Found
Why I Stay
Where I'm bound...
Where do Sisters come from?
a.Apostolic/ Active – The most well-known form of consecrated life, Sisters share a common vision and mission that can include a variety of ministries in the world, such as social work, healthcare, pastoral work, serving people who are poor, advocacy work. Members live in community and maintain active prayer lives.
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