After the Dominican Sisters left me that night I walked back to my room from the door of the hotel and I reflected on the life that they were living. I had gone to their website nashvilledominican.org before they had come and discovered a group of woman living radical lives of devotion to God and to the education of children and youth.
These woman did not appear to me to be tired or worn down or lacking in joy but exactly the opposite. They were filled with a vitality that I found infectious and I wanted to be infected by.
As I listened to them and they graciously listened to my story, what was evident was that these Sisters had each in their own lives experienced a calling or a leading. They were doing what God was asking them to do and because of it they were filled with an infectious joy.
While we lay people are not called to the same life as the Sisters, we are created by God to respond to His leadings in our life.
A vocation is not just a job that we do but rather a lifestyle that we live, of which our occupation may be a part.
For a long time I thought that priests, sisters and brothers had a vocation but for lay people a vocation was their job. I now know I was wrong.
A vocation is being the person that God created you to be and doing the things that He has created you to do.
I would encourage you to wander around their website and be encouraged by the language of dedication and devotion to God of the Dominican Sisters. Their life has inspired me to ask God whether I am following the steps in life He is asking of me today.
ACTION: Is the life you are living, the thoughts you are thinking and the actions that fill your day part of your vocation to be all that God created and wants you to be?
GOSPEL READING: John 2: 13-25
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