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Looking into the Christian Vocation

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Looking into the Christian Vocation

  1. 1. TULONG-DUNONG EXAM Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014  1. Law and Justice 2. Types of Justice 3. Christian Viewpoint of Economic Goods 4. Law of Demand 5. Law of Supply 6. Determination of Price 7. Price Ceiling and Price Floor 8. Dimensions of Work 9. Spirituality of Work 10. Rights and Duties of Workers 11. Vocation 12. Home Visit 13. Exposure Trip
  2. 2. Prayer Reflection  “In these troubled times, do not be downhearted, but fight to end with all your strength like a brave soldier armed for battle. As you wait for the Lord in His mercy to remove these hardships, do not forget to love and help others. Whatever happens, be patient; seek always the eternal glory.” – St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon
  3. 3. WHAT IS VOCATION? 
  4. 4. VOCATION (BEFORE) GOOD  BETTER
  5. 5. VOCATION (NOW) UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS  – Vatican II
  6. 6. CALLED  Vocare (Latin) “to call” “to call someone over” “to summon”
  7. 7. WORK, CAREER, VOCATION  According to Fr. James Martin, S.J. and Chris Lowney:  Work Any activity that HAS A PURPOSE  Career Less about the workplace, or even a specific profession, and more about HOW YOU DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS AND TALENTS  Vocation The kind of person WE HOPE TO BECOME.
  8. 8. LIVING OUT OUR CHRISTIAN VOCATION 
  9. 9. 1. The Lay State  All the faithful *EXCEPT THOSE IN HOLY ORDERS & BELONG TO A RELIGIOUS STATE SANCTIONED BY THE CHURCH
  10. 10. The Lay State   By BAPTISM they are incorporated into Christ as members of the People of God (“Christ’s Body)  The vocation of the laity is TO INFUSE the secular world with the spirit of the Gospel through their WORDS, MORAL ACTIONS, AND LIFE OF WORSHIP.
  11. 11. The Lay State  CELIBATE LIFE MARRIED LIFE
  12. 12. Sacrament of Matrimony   This refers to TWO ESSENTIAL THINGS: 1. The sacramental celebration of the union of man and woman before God and people. 2. Their ongoing married life. This grows and matures through the years of their married life and the procreation, education, and formation of their children.
  13. 13. Celibate Life (“Single Blessedness”)   Some lay persons choose not to marry but stay single and celibate.  They offer their lives to God through the service of their family, the Church, and the society.  Virginity and celibacy is chosen when one recognizes it as a charism from Christ Himself – a special form of service of God through serving others.
  14. 14. 2. The Religious State   The chosen life of those who enter an order or a congregation of celibate men or women consecrated to God.  They pledge themselves by public vows of  POVERTY  CHASTITY  OBEDIENCE
  15. 15. The Religious State  The members serve the Church through different apostolates according to the charism of their founder. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Education Taking Care of the Sick Caring of Orphans Community Organizing Working with the Poor Giving Retreats & Recollections
  16. 16. The Religious State  The following are examples of the many religious congregations in the Philippines: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. SJ – Society of Jesus OSB – Order of St. Benedict OP – Order of Preachers (Dominican) SPC – St. Paul of Chartres RA – Religious of the Assumption RVM – Religious of the Virgin Mary FMM – Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
  17. 17. 3. Clerical State  Presbyteroi (Greek) – “Elders” The presbyteroi state, or priesthood is the other Sacrament of Vocation – HOLY ORDERS
  18. 18. Clerical State  HOLY ORDERS “The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry” Priests and bishops are ordained to be able to preach the Gospel and shepherd the faithful, as well as to celebrate divine worship, sharing in Christ’s own priesthood as ministers of the Word (Lumen Gentium 28).
  19. 19. Different Calls of Loving  “It is dangerous to make everyone go forward by the same road, and worse to measure others by yourself.” - St. Ignatius of Loyola
  20. 20. NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT TWO BIG DECISIONS:  WHAT SHOULD I DO? WHAT SHOULD I BE?
  21. 21. Things to consider in discerning a call   Where and who will you be five to ten years from now?  How many of your classmates will get married?  How many of your friends will stay single?  Who will become priests?
  22. 22. DISCERNMENT   The process of coming to understand how the Lord is calling you and inviting you to serve Him.  It is a spiritual and personal journey.  It is a journey of understanding, of seeing and acting.  It is a choice between two good things… or even more!
  23. 23. DISCERNMENT  ACTION OF THE SPIRIT: The Greater Good It moves us towards goodness and even greater goodness for both personal and communal benefit.
  24. 24. DISCERNMENT  Movement from Self-Gratification to Self-Giving: The Issue of Motivation Be honest to yourself. Why do I want to be _________? Why do I do the good things that I do?
  25. 25. DISCERNMENT  Movement from Spontaneous Attraction to Thoughtful Decision 1. Identify what attracts you. 2. Gather more data (positives & negatives). 3. Ask questions.
  26. 26. DISCERNMENT  MOTIVATION? Is there such a thing as a PURE There is no such thing as an UNCONDITIONAL/PERFECT LOVE from us (but we can hope). In reality, this kind of love can only come from God. - What we can do is become less and less and less selfish and become more and more and more selfless. HOW? By doing good things QUIETLY and with more humility. – The HS purifies our motives.
  27. 27. How do you know if it is the Holy Spirit moving you?  You need co-discerners. It can be your parents, teachers, mentors, trusted friends, or a spiritual director.
  28. 28. How do you know if it is the Holy Spirit moving you?  You need to pray Ask yourself: How often do you pray? How do you pray?
  29. 29. How do you know if it is the Holy Spirit moving you?  You need to pray Discernment develops through prayer. 1. INTERIORITY – Seeing, understanding, and accepting oneself 2. HELPS YOU MAKE DECISIONS
  30. 30. How do you know if it is the Holy Spirit moving you?  Different ways of praying 1. Reciting traditional prayers 2. Listening to religious songs 3. Silent prayer 4. Praying with nature 5. Praying as the saints did 6. The Consciousness Examen of St. Ignatius 7. Go online 8. Praying WITH THE COMMUNITY 9. Participating in the mass and in the Sacraments
  31. 31. Movement from Romantic to REALITIC LOVE OF GOD  1. Our desire to serve. It is born out of: 1. 2. Experiencing God’s love Expression of Gratitude to God 2. Concern for the poor. 3. Simplicity of life.
  32. 32. LUNDAGIN MO BEYBEH!

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