Every year, the Church in Scotland sets aside a week in which we are all asked to reflect on our vocation within the Christian family, a vocation which flows from our shared Baptismal vocation to grow in holiness and in service of others. In particular, we are asked:
- to pray for a renewed and strengthened sense of vocation among all God’s People;
- to consider what my own vocation is in life and how I might be responding to the call that God has made to me;
- to pray for a generous response in the hearts of those called to serve the Church in priesthood, consecrated life and diaconate;
- to consider – in a way which is appropriate to my own stage and situation in life – whether I might not actually be one of those called to be a priest, a religious or a deacon;
- to encourage someone, whom I think might be showing the signs that they have such a vocation, to consider discerning or pursuing such a call;
- to pray for and offer support and encouragement to our priests, the religious women and men who serve in our communities, the deacons who serve our parishes and dioceses and our seminarians and others in formation or discernment of their vocation in the Church.
For 2018, we offer some reflection on the Vocations Stories of six individuals whose lives have had a great impact on the Church of today. Two are still alive, three are now canonised as saints of the Church and one is considered “Blessed”. Three are men; three are women. Some lived (or still live on!) to a fine old age; one or two died young. Some are household names; some are less well known. All have something to say to us about faith, about trust in God, about service and about vocation.
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