Interested in Exploring More about Your Callings?
When we make the sign of the cross with fingers wet from dipping them in our baptismal fonts and pools, we are making a commitment to act in our daily lives as if our baptism mattered. Each Sunday we reaffirm our baptism as we say "Amen" to who we are as we receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Making the connections between our daily responsibilities -- our many callings for others -- and our faith is sometimes a challenge. "What? Me have a vocation?" Yes, we all have vocations, a word coming from the Latin "vocare," to call. Here are resources you might find informative and inspiring as you reflect upon your calls...
What is a Call?
"...people are called by someone and for some purpose....it makes little sense to try to identify a call out of context. For people of faith, these are critical considerations; the call that such people seek or experience should produce a characteristic response on their part: a (new) way of life. But for Christians, the call and its consequences provide a reason for living and a meaning for life that are unequivocally traceable to, and rooted in, Jesus."
-- Anthony J. Gittins, Called to be Sent: Co-Missioned as Disciples Today (Ligouri MO: Ligouri, 2008), 2-3.
Edward P. Hahnenberg, Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2010).
This scholarly book is nonetheless accessible to anyone interested in the topic. He provides historical background on the understanding of "vocation" and "calling" in Roman Catholic and Protestant thought. He casts a vision of how the baptized can come to be awakened to God's callings in their lives. An excellent comprehensive treatment of the subject.
Anthony J. Gittins, Called to be Sent: Co-Missioned as Disciples Today (Ligouri MO: Ligouri, 2008).
This is the third volume in Gittins' series of books on discipleship. A very readable, inspiring, provocative reflection on how all of us are called to be part of God's mission in the world.
William C. Placher, ed., Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation (Grand Rapids MI: William B.
A collection of writings from Christians -- Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox -- organized by historical periods.
Nancy Ann McLaughlin, Do You Believe? Living the Baptismal Covenant (Harrisburg PA: Morehouse, 2006).
Working within the Episcopal context, this slim volume nonetheless can challenge all Christians to reflect on the connections between their baptism and their daily lives.
What we do in our everyday life matters. We all have the vocation to be Christ's hands and feet in all aspects of our lives. Listen to this five-minute reflection from Tim Suttle of StudioHouse on "Vocation: Learning to Count the Right Things."