YEARS AGO, I took a horseback ride through the mountains of Kerry in
Flowing water captures the essence of religious life: The men
Ireland. I had no idea how to ride a horse
and spent most of the journey trying to
keep my mare out of the brambles. Instead
of enjoying the glorious nature around
me, I just prayed the ride would end. But
then we turned a bend and came across a
tiny waterfall. My companions suggested
we stop and take a drink. I won’t bore you
with details of my pathetic dismount or
fear of ever getting back up in the saddle. But I will tell you of the
drink I took with cupped hands from that mountain stream. It was
a revelation: sweet and pure and wholly refreshing. I felt some-
thing change within me. I understood what it meant to feel truly
restored. I mark the taste of that water as one of the most deeply
spiritual experiences of my life.
and women who choose radical discipleship to Jesus have tasted
the living water and they are now compelled to pour their lives out
The pages of VISION 2018 are awash with the stories of those
poured-out lives. Whether it’s carving pockets of hope for former
gang members in Los Angeles, bringing the Eucharist to battlefields
in Sudan, or surviving the interior desert experience of novitiate in
York, religious sisters, brothers, and priests continually make the
choice to drink deeply in the mystery of Jesus and empty themselves for God’s sake in the service of others.
As you discern your vocation, keep the image of restorative
water in mind. If you feel invigorated rather than burdened as you
contemplate religious life, then odds are you’re on the right path.
Be patient; the most satisfying drink of your life awaits you just
around the bend.
—Patrice J. Tuohy, VISION Publisher
VISION is a resource of the National Religious Vocation Conference.
Go with the flow
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