Tag : Vocation

Written on Jun, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…is it really true that sexual orientation or gender identity is absolutely central to a person’s identity while a person’s religion is merely a superficial addon?

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Written on Jun, 07, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

For many, the Gospel is less about picking up the cross and following Jesus and more a coping mechanism. Yes, I can use the Gospel to protect myself from the bumps and bruises (and worse) of life. Doing so, however, means that I prefer the things of God more than God Himself.

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Written on Jun, 04, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The problem, to put it directly, isn’t that I love father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, house, work, country or myself but that I fail to love them all. What I must give up to follow Jesus are my selfish illusions about life. I must give up the comforting half-truths I tell myself to avoid accepting responsibility for my actions.

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Written on May, 27, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The task given to the disciples on that first Pentecost is given to us today. Their vocation, their calling, is ours as well.

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Written on May, 06, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…the great sorrow of human life is that most people don’t know who they are, they don’t know what God has called them to do and so become. Many, even most Orthodox Christians, are in this situation. This is why so few of us attend church and even fewer of us regularly receive the sacraments.

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Written on Feb, 22, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Haughtiness is the lie that I don’t need the neighbor that I can see; pride that I don’t need the God Who I can’t see (see 1 John 4:20). As for idolatry, this is the lie that would have me find in the works of my own hands a fitting object for worship.

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Written on Dec, 07, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

By its nature, Christian marriage isn’t simply a personal vocation (and all vocations are personal). It is also a call to marry a particular person. This makes it a shared vocation. No one has a vocation to be married in general. Christ calls a person to marry this person, at this time in their lives.

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Written on Sep, 04, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

…you are a Christian. This means you cannot go to college just to get a better job. These days, people talk about college as an investment because they think of education as a bank account: You deposit the knowledge and expertise you’ve earned, and when it comes time to get a job, you make a withdrawal, putting all that stuff …

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Written on May, 07, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Through the Holy Prophet Samuel, God tells us ”to obey is better than sacrifice”(1 Samuel 15:22, NKJV). But obedience is impossible unless we each of us first discern and then live our vocation. This is they way we grow in the love of God. And unless we aid each other in this process of vocation discernment and fidelity, we can’t truthfully claim to be obedient to God or to love our neighbor.

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Written on Feb, 02, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A young man crossed the desert and finally came to the monastery of Scete. There, he asked to hear one of the abbot’s lectures and was granted permission.  That afternoon, the abbot’s discourse was about the importance of work in the field.  After the lecture, the young man said to one of the monks, “That was amazing. I thought I …

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