Blogging about life at a Benedictine monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
What Is Your Vocation?
S. Lisa Rose, far right
The word vocation is not limited to religious life,
as I have learned over the years. One definition for the word vocation is "a call." For me the definition of "call" means to “listen to God.” What is
God calling me to be or who am I to become? These are two great questions to
keep in mind as you listen to God. It is in listening to God through prayer and
conversations with others that your personal vocation may become clearer. If I ask
myself “When was my religious vocation clear,” I cannot fully answer the
question. One thing I do remember as being a strong element in my religious vocation
goes back to the day I entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery: September 3,
1983. It was during my first meal in the monastic dining room, when an older
sister, Sister Remberta, came over to the table where I was sitting. What she
said to me that evening still sticks in my head as if she said it yesterday, “Pray
for perseverance every day.” Praying for
perseverance is a way I live out my vocation every day. By asking God for guidance I am strengthened in my monastic vocation and I am able to grow
through the ups and downs of life. Living with my sisters in community through
our common commitment to prayer and work, I am strengthened. So my vocation
which began in the 1980s is still growing in 2016. If you would like more
information about Saint Benedict’s Monastery please contact Sister Lisa Rose at
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