Gods Call

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A short meditation on God's call to each one of us to become the people He designed us to be, dreams we can become and invites us walk into fulfilling our purpose in life that only we uniquely can.

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Gods Call

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  6. 6. “. . I consider Jesus Christ our Lord and his call. If a human leader can have an appeal to us, how much greater is the attraction of the God-Man, Jesus Christ . . . Jesus’ call goes out to all peoples, yet he specially calls each person in a particular and unique way. He makes this kind of appeal: ‘It is my will to win over the whole world, to overcome evil with good, to turn hatred aside with love, to conquer all the forces of death - whatever obstacles there are that block the sharing of life between God and humankind. Whoever wishes to join me in this mission must be willing to labour with me, and so by following me in struggle and suffering may share with me in glory.” [St. Ignatius, Spiritual Exercises 95] GOD’S CALL
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  8. 8. Matthew 21:28-32 "Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, 'Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.' "The son answered, 'I don't want to.' Later on he thought better of it and went. "The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, 'Sure, glad to.' But he never went. "Which of the two sons did what the father asked?" They said, "The first." Jesus said, "Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God's kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn't care enough to change and believe him. GOD’S CALL
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  10. 10. Luke 12:22-32 He continued this subject with his disciples. "Don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more. "Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can't even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don't fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby GOD’S CALL alongside them.
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  12. 12. Luke 12:22-32 If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? "What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God- initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. GOD’S CALL
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  14. 14. John 4:34 Jesus said, "The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started.” GOD’S CALL
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  16. 16. What role have heroes and heroines played in my life? Who have been the mentors and models whose lives and values have inspired me? GOD’S CALL
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  18. 18. What dreams, values and issues stir my passionate concern at this time in my life? GOD’S CALL
  19. 19. What dreams, values and issues stir my passionate concern at this time in my life? GOD’S CALL
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  21. 21. What is there about the person and priorities of Jesus which has drawn me into being His disciple? GOD’S CALL
  22. 22. What is there about the person and priorities of Jesus which has drawn me into being His disciple? GOD’S CALL
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  24. 24. What in my life symbolizes my willingness to commit my energies to the person and values of Jesus? GOD’S CALL
  25. 25. What in my life symbolizes my willingness to commit my energies to the person and values of Jesus? GOD’S CALL
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  27. 27. Regardless of my age or other life experiences, what freedom is there in my life for dreaming and imagining how to extend the reign of God? GOD’S CALL
  28. 28. Regardless of my age or other life experiences, what freedom is there in my life for dreaming and imagining how to extend the reign of God? GOD’S CALL
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  30. 30. How am I concretely making efforts at correcting unjust actions, decisions and systems? GOD’S CALL
  31. 31. How am I concretely making efforts at correcting unjust actions, decisions and systems? GOD’S CALL
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  33. 33. In all honesty, what do I hesitate to give up or to do in order to better respond to God’s call? GOD’S CALL
  34. 34. In all honesty, what do I hesitate to give up or to do in order to better respond to God’s call? GOD’S CALL
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  37. 37. “At this point . . notice how your chosen place and rhythm of prayer are supporting your growing attentiveness to God’s action within you. Make any adjustments which will help you to be more sensitive to God’s invitation during prayer and throughout the day.” GOD’S CALL
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  39. 39. “I take the usual time to place myself before God in reverence, begging that everything in my day be more and more dedicated to God’s service and praise.” [St. Ignatius, Spiritual Exercises 91] GOD’S CALL
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  42. 42. * from ‘Moment by Moment’ - A Retreat in Everyday Life by Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ and Eugene F. Merz, SJ* GOD’S CALL
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