It is a vocation in an individually unrepeatable form to give an answer to the call of God and put one’s gifts to creative use.

Nicholas Berdyaev, in Slavery and Freedom

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Notwithstanding the efforts of secularists and secular culture to drive God out of our reach, and our consciousness, God still calls us to His side and to His service.

Yes, as Berdyaev says a person might be individually called to creatively put his or her unique gifts to use for God.  This is just as true of a lay person as it is of a cleric.  And by saying it is an “unrepeatable” call, Berdyaev is saying that each call has, for the one called, a unique experience – a personal search of self and soul.  That, by the way, is precisely the measure of each person’s importance to God.

Yes, lay men and women are called just as a priest is, as a monk is.

And in times of greatest need, like those today in the West and in the United States, it is quite likely that more will be called in direct proportion to the difficulties we face, the hostility to God we see.

Yes, your time may come.  It may be near.  It may be here.  It may be now.

Indeed, do we not live in a time of Christian genocide, and a decline of the place of faith in Western culture?  Is it not the case that Western Civilization is under siege, and its ways of being fundamentally challenged by ideologues – especially and predictably on the Left?  Do we not wonder where our competent, faithful leaders are?

Does anyone think God will be idle in such times?

So how might one sense a vocational call?  A call to put one’s talents to God’s use?

Such an experience ignites an interior struggle which, in time, leads to the recognition that a task must be undertaken, a road traveled, a change made.

Strangely, it is often the case that no particular impediments or obstacles emerge – rather, on the contrary, doors open, opportunities present.

The call, like the person, comes to full maturity in this process.  Familiar things fall away and they are not actually missed.  In this a new being comes of age from what has been thus far.

In ways there is both a rupture and continuity, as what was now is prelude to what is and will come to be.

Yes, vocations by their very source and nature are consecrated – a sacrifice, as Thomas Merton says: a “breaking with the apparent order of being” –  breaking in favor of God and His work.

In difficult times God seeks your service.  Listen intently.  Do not fear to act.

There are serious problems in our culture – each one of them can be attended to if we but live in faith and work in faith, let God guide us, lead us.

Shalom.

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