12 | VISION 2022 | VocationNetwork.orgPRAYER & DISCERNMENT
THE MOST IMPORTANT spiritual insight I’ve learned since entering the Jesu- its is that God calls each of us to be who we are. “For me to be a saint means for me to be myself,” said Thomas Merton. As a result, holiness consists ofbeing true to the person God created. In other words, being holy means being yourtrue self. And besides the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the best illustration of that canbe found in the lives of the saints.
Though wildly different from one another, the saints becameholy by knowing who they were and staying true to themselves.That’s just what you need to do as you discern your vocation.Heaven help youin your discernment
BY FATHER JAMES MARTIN, S.J.
Father JamesMartin, S.J. isa Jesuit priest,author of numerous booksand articles,and editor-at-large of Americamagazine.
LONG BEFORE they werecanonized, saints weresimply human beings tryingto figure who they were andhow they could best serveGod. Saint Martin de Porres,depicted in the statue onthe campus of ProvidenceCollege, Rhode Island, hadlittle education but becamebeloved for his healingpowers and his compassiontoward the poor.
FATHER LAWRENCE LEW, O.P., FLICKR
Excerpts from Becoming Who You Are, by James Martin, S.J. Copyright © 2006 by James Martin, S.J. PaulistPress, Inc., New York/Mahwah, N.J. Reprinted by permission of Paulist Press, Inc., www.paulistpress.com.