Saturday, June 15, 2013

Looking for a Summer Vocation Discernment Retreat

Are you hoping to find a July Vocation Discernment Retreat that fits with your working schedule? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are offering a July 14-16, 2013 opportunity that may be just what you are looking for.

Pope Francis recently talked about a 'fear that it is better to play it safe'. How true that it when it comes to following a vocation. 'Staying right here' feels kind of comfortable, but when deep down there are still stirrings of discontent, this may not be the best move. 'Let us not be afraid of life commitments, commitments that take up and concern our entire life! In this way life will be fruitful! And this is freedom: to have the courage to make these decisions with generosity."

Thomas of Celano summarizes this experience in The Life of Saint Francis.

It is difficult to leave familiar things behind, and things once instilled in the spirit are not easily weakened. The spirit, even a long time after its early training, reverts to them; and vice, with enough custom and practice, becomes second nature.

Thus Francis still tried to avoid the divine grasp, and, for a brief time losing sight of the Father's reproach while good fortune smiled upon him, reflected upon worldly matters.

Click here to find out more about the July retreat in Manitowoc, WI.