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Bringyourvocationto lightENCOUN TER . PRAYER . DISCERNMEN T . VOCATION
2022 CatholicReligious VocationDiscernment Guide
¡Secciónenespañolincluida! VOCATIONNETWORK.ORG| VOCATIONMATCH.COM DURING THE 16TH-CENTURY PROTESTANT Reformation, Catholicism was outlawed
in Great Britain. In response, Catholics simply
kept their faith and their pastoral leaders
hidden. A network of safe houses sprung up
across the British Isles for traveling clergy
and religious, who were often stashed in
secret compartments, or priest holes, when
Crown authorities came knocking. Jesuit
Brother Nicholas Owen was a chief architect of many of these
ingenious concealed spaces, some of which are still being
uncovered. Unfortunately, Owen wasn’t able to keep himself
safely out of the law’s reach, and in 1606, he was captured,
tortured, and put to death in the Tower of London. He was
canonized as a martyr in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
No one sets out to “put the light of their faith under abushel basket,” but sometimes circumstances require it. Thesame holds true for our vocations. Often in the early phases ofdiscernment, we would be ill-advised to share our plans with toomany others. We need time to pray, seek wise counsel, and trulylisten to where God is calling us.
But for each of us there comes a time to bring our vocationto light. This issue of VISION captures just that moment for thefeatured sisters, nuns, brothers, and priests who now gladlyshine a light on their life choice because they “are respondingto something deeply personal that they sense will be themeaning-making core of their life,” as theologian Sister SandraSchneiders, I.H.M. describes it.
The vocation to religious life is not without its frustrations,disappointments, and sorrows, but it also comes witha deep sense of peace, satisfaction, and joy that thelife you’ve committed to is worth living and the faithyou confess is worth dying for.
—Patrice J. Tuohy, VISION Publisher
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