What is your vocation?

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In honor of National Vocation Awareness Week the diocesan Office of Vocations is promoting a new video featuring vocations to the priesthood, marriage and religious life along with a special message from Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. 

 

"Make sure the question you are asking is not, ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ but rather, ‘Lord, what is it You are asking me to do with my life?’” Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

The annual weeklong celebration, which began in the United States began in 1976, was dedicated to promote vocations through prayer and education, and to renew prayers and support for those considering a vocation.  

The video includes interviews with Dominican Sister Mary Veronica Keller, principal of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries; Father Jeb S. Donelan, parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church; and Phil and Kathleen O’Beirne, a married couple and proud parents of four children and one on the way, parishioners of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean. 

“God’s plan is for us to be with Him one day in Heaven,” said Sister Mary Veronica Keller. “We all have a vocation and we are all called to union with God with love. The best vocation is God’s will. There is nothing better than God’s will. It’s just how the Lord wants to work through each one of us.”

The video closes with a special message from Bishop Burbidge who encourages everyone living out their vocation to renew their “yes” to God’s call for their lives and pray for the grace they need to continue in their vocation.

“I always suggest to those discerning  their vocation in life to make sure the question you are asking is not, ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ but rather,  ‘Lord, what is it You are asking me to do with my life?’ said Bishop Burbidge.

“When we say yes to that call, we will experience the peace and the joy and the serenity we are seeking.” 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017