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WELCOME!!!. The Baptismal Font, Christ our Hope Catholic Church, Seattle, WA. PERSONAL VOCATION Introductory Lesson. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School Fr. Llane Briese. Bell Work.

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The Baptismal Font, Christ our Hope Catholic Church, Seattle, WA.

personal vocation introductory lesson

PERSONAL VOCATIONIntroductory Lesson

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

Fr. Llane Briese

bell work
Bell Work
  • Take out a sheet of paper and answer the following two questions. (We will use the same sheet, and I will collect it on Friday.)
    • What is a vocation?
    • What is the basis of a Christian vocation?
a course on personal vocations
A Course on Personal Vocations
  • A Different Sort of Course
    • Academic component
    • Personal Growth component
  • Three Parts of the Course:
    • Catholic Theoretical Views on Vocation
    • Personal Vocation
    • Vocation Life and Social Issues
vocation an introduction
Vocation: An Introduction
  • English: vocation
  • Spanish: la vocación
  • French: la vocation
  • Italian: la vocazione
  • German: die Berufung(vb. rufen)
    • Example: MeineBerufungistPreister und Theologielehrerzusein.
  • Latin: vocatio –vocare(vb. “to call”)
  • Greek: kalein— (vb. “to call, invite, summon”)
  • Hebrew: qārā’
from lumen gentium
From Lumen Gentium
  • “Christ is the Light of nations. Because this is so, this Sacred Synod gathered together in the Holy Spirit eagerly desires, by proclaiming the Gospel to every creature, to bring the light of Christ to all men, a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church.” (no. 1)
  • “Therefore in the Church, everyone whether belonging to the hierarchy, or being cared for by it, is called to holiness, according to the saying of the Apostle: ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification’.” (no. 39)
from lumen gentium cont d
From Lumen Gentium, cont’d:
  • “However, this holiness of the Church is unceasingly manifested, and must be manifested, in the fruits of grace which the Spirit produces in the faithful; it is expressed in many ways in individuals, who in their walk of life, tend toward the perfection of charity, thus causing the edification of others; in a very special way this (holiness) appears in the practice of the counsels, customarily called ‘evangelical.’” (no. 39)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
vocation two elements
Vocation: Two Elements
  • Vocation = “a calling”
    • A State in Life (status):
      • Answer to the question “Who am I?”
    • A Sacred Work (career, life’s work):
      • Answer to the question “What do I do?”
        • German Question: Was sind Sie von Beruf?
        • German Answer: Von Beruf bin ichPriester, aberKochenisteinmeinesHobbys.
  • Requires discernment, the act of figuring out who I am and determining God’s will.
  • Principal Goal of Course: Present the tools for discerning one’s own vocation, and understand how the Church sees the variety of vocations in the world.
the goal of a vocation
The Goal of a Vocation

1 Corinthians 13:1-8a,13 (NAB): If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, 5 it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, 6 it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. […] 13So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

the goal of a vocation1
The Goal of a Vocation
  • St. Thérèse de Lisieux (1873–1897): French Carmelite nun and doctor of the Church; from an autobiographical writing describing her struggle with her vocation:
    • “I saw and realized that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place. In one word, that love is everything. Then, nearly ecstatic with the supreme joy in my soul, I proclaimed: O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love.”
the goal of a vocation2
The Goal of a Vocation
  • St. Augustine (354–430, Bishop and theologian from Hippo in Northern Africa):
    • “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
  • God does not will for his people to be miserable!
  • God calls us to love, and indeed to radiate his love.
    • Excursus: The Baptismal Rite (anointing with Chrism, white garment, baptismal candle, Our Father).
assignment 1 kinds of love
Assignment #1: Kinds of Love
  • Two essential college skills:
    • Excellent written communication skills.
    • Excellent critical reading and interpretation skills.
  • Assignment deals with Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI’s first encyclical letter (Deus Caritas Est, 2005) in which he discusses God’s love.
  • You only need to read the first 8 sections (about 5 ½ printed pages)!
  • See handout for specific instructions.
  • Note that the WMS and WVS will count in your grade!
a precision in terms
A Precision in Terms
  • A state in life is a stable way in which one lives out daily life:
    • Single Life
    • Married Life
    • Ordained Life (i.e. deacons, priests, and bishops)
    • Religious Life (i.e. monk, nun, hermit, religious brother or sister, etc.)
  • A vocation is something considerably more broad and individual. It answers the question “Who am Icalled to be?”
program for 1 st part of the course
Program for 1st Part of the Course
  • The Experience of Vocation
    • Biblical Models: Abraham, Moses, Deborah, Gideon, Isaiah, and Mary.
    • Elements of a Call
    • A Call to Love (Deus Caritas Est)
  • Discernment: The Head Meets the Heart
    • Underlying Premise of Discernment
    • The 5 C’s: Signs of Authenticity
    • Prayer, Resistance, and Tools of Discernment
program for 1 st part of the course1
Program for 1st Part of the Course
  • The Ordained, Religious, and Consecrated Life:
    • Holy Orders:
      • An Autobiographical Narrative: The Story of Llane
      • Biblical Foundations, History, and Theology
      • Liturgical Practice: The Rite of Ordination of a Priest
      • Excursus: The Theology of the Celibate Life
      • Discernment, Preparation, Joys, and Challenges
    • Religious Life and Other Consecrated Vocations:
      • The Different Kinds of Consecrated Life
      • Charisms and the Connection between Baptism and the Consecrated Life
      • Biblical Foundations, History, and Theology
      • Discernment, Preparation, Joys, and Challenges
program for 1 st part of the course2
Program for 1st Part of the Course
  • The Vocation to Marriage:
    • Terminology: Legal Marriage, Valid (Natural) Marriage, and the Sacrament of Matrimony
      • What is Marriage?
      • Who Can Be Married?
      • For What Purpose Does Marriage Exist?
      • The Contemporary Debate on Same-Sex Marriage
    • The Theology of Marriage
      • Biblical Foundations
      • History of the Sacrament
      • Love and Marriage: The Theology of Conjugal Love
      • The Liturgical Celebration of Marriage
program for 1 st part of the course3
Program for 1st Part of the Course
  • Discernment and Marriage
    • Dating with a Purpose
    • Discernment Questions: Core Values in a Person?
    • The Engagement: Questions to Ponder
    • Preparing for Marriage (not just the Wedding)
    • Joys and Challenges in a Marriage