What about You?
Many Christians -- particularly, Roman Catholic and Protestant -- have a very limited view of what might count as "callings" in the world. We often think a "calling" might refer to a profession (e.g., doctor, lawyer, teacher) or to a "vocation" to religious or ordained life.
Typically, we don't realize that we already are living out callings in our daily lives...by being a parent, a partner, a care-giver, a worker, a volunteer, an activist, a photographer, an athlete...So many, many callings there are in the world!
This website is a place for anyone who would like to reflect on the callings they have responded to in their lives...whether or not they are baptized Christians. The Spirit of God moves where She will, vivifying everyone regardless of their faith tradition ... and even where there is no faith at all! We are all called to be people for others.
Here you'll find stories and resources.
Here you can share your own (and others') stories on our Blog and on our Story Corner.
Eileen D. Crowley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Liturgy, Arts, and Communication
Catholic Theological Union
Chicago IL firstname.lastname@example.org
This essay might get you thinking about your own callings in life:
Crowley, Eileen D., "'Marvelously Called... But to What?" New Theology Review 24: 4 (2011): 17-27.
"Called from our Baptism..."
The Baptized, young and old alike, may well have heard expressions such as, "We have all been called from our Baptism to..." What follows the "to" can vary a great deal. What does it mean to be called from our baptism? Who is calling to whom? Is there only one call or many?
Our first call, of course, is be a disciple of Jesus the Christ, to be like him, a person for others... a person willing to be poured out and broken so that the thirsty and hungry may be quenched and nourished... a person who promotes healing, reconciliation, justice, and peace in this world so that the Shalom of God may flourish on this planet.
As St. Teresa of Avila reminded us, Christ has no hands or feet -- but ours! How is the Spirit calling us now? What will it take for us to hear God's latest whispering and to respond with joy and courage?
Archbishop Oscar Romero's reflection on "vocation":
"How beautiful will be the day when all the baptized understand their work, their job, is a priestly work, that just as I celebrate Mass at this altar, so each carpenter celebrates Mass at his workbench, and each metalworker, each professional, each doctor with the scalpel, the market woman at her stand, is performing a priestly office! How many cabdrivers, I know, listen to this message there in their cab: you are a priest at the wheel, my friend, if you work with honestly, consecrating that taxi of yours to God, bearing a message of peace and love to the passengers who ride in your cab."