“I invite you to hear God’s voice resounding in your heart through the breath of the Holy Spirit…undertake a journey of discernment to discover God’s plan in your life. Even when the journey is uncertain and you fall, God, rich in mercy, will extend his hand to pick you up.”
–Pope Francis, Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
On January 13, 2017, Pope Francis wrote a letter to young people of the Church announcing that the October 2018 Synod of Bishops will address the theme, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” We are so excited and enthused by the contents of this document, especially the ‘compass’ it can offer to young people today.
We are so excited and enthused by the contents of this document, especially the ‘compass’ it can offer to young people today.
Inspired by and in response to The Synod of Bishop’s “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” Preparatory Document, Benedictine Volunteers is launching a Benedictine Volunteers 20-week Vocational Discernment Series. The aim of this series is to invite others to explore and engage with a personal reflection of their own vocational discernment journeys. Each week, we will break open the preparatory document and suggest a discernment topic to explore and pray with. We introduce the series as a 20-week journey of discernment and invite you to read Pope Francis’ letter and the preparatory document as we prepare for the next 19 weeks unfolding.
Week 1 – Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment: An Introduction
Week 2 – Calling: Awakening to the Mystery with Brave Response
Week 3 – The Gift of Baptism: Receiving God’s Grace
Week 4 – Allowing the Soul to be Shepherded: Setting Aside Our Own Mental Framework
Week 5 – Come & See: Discipleship as Friendship
Week 6 – Living the Good News of the Gospel: Scripture as a Guide
Week 7 – Interculturation of the Gospels: Listening for the Signs of the Times
Week 8 – Persons of Reference: Faith Role Models in the Church
Week 9 – The Call of our Talents: Sharing My Personal Gifts with Others
Week 10 – A Community of Service: Working Together Towards a Common Purpose