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wisdom wednesday may4Sunday, May 8 is Vocation Sunday. This day in the Universal Church celebrates the fact that each and every person has been created by a Loving Divine Mystery with gifts and talents suitable for a specific purpose and way of life. Through the sacrament of Baptism, every person is invited to live their life as a unique journey recognizing and using their particular God-given gifts in the service of others.

The word vocation comes from the Latin verb vocare meaning to call. Thomas Merton offers us some wise words about this idea of having "a calling" in life.

"Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original self-hood given me at birth by God."

Search for and recognize your gifts.

And then as you experiment with their use, look for joy. Dorothy Day wrote, “You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you.”

We have each been given our own unique gift of life and Jesus has told us, "Abide in my Love… I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete." Jn.15

Enjoy yourself as you transform your God-given life and His special gifts into living joy!

Sister Rosemary Fry

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