Thirty-four years ago, some first grade students were asked to draw a picture about what they wanted to be when they grew up. A little girl drew a teacher. Little did she know that she could be a teacher AND a mother, or a teacher AND a vowed religious sister, or a teacher AND a single person volunteering or helping others as an Associate in ministry with religious Sisters. That little girl was me.
It is not unusual when a family member asks their younger cousins what they would like to be when they grow up. Even if they are not asked by others, some people wonder what God is calling them to do with their life when they graduate from high school or college. Some ponder the same question during middle-age, some when they retire, and some when they are at an age when they have four to five generations in their families. The question about vocations might come up occasionally, or might come up on a daily basis upon praying with the Summons song: “What do you want of me Lord? Where do you want me to serve you?…” Through Baptism, all Christians are called to carry on the mission of love and to share the Good News.
Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSsP, encouraged us at the North American Preaching Colloquium to use our baptism as a present power instead of looking at it as a past event. He also reminded us that being Catholic is a life-long discovery and discipleship, allowing God to guide us. One of our Dominican Sisters, Sr. Cathy Hilkert, OP, explored her vocation as a theologian with this question when she was an undergraduate: “how can we speak of God and proclaim Christian hope in a world of suffering?” (Building Bridges – Dominicans Doing Theology Together, p67) I invite all of us to pray with this very question, or to pray with the question from the Summons song above. For what or to where is God calling you to be at this present moment? If you think you are called to be a vowed religious Sister or an Associate, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.