Sunday, April 26, 2015

Exodus is at the heart of vocations: Pope

Holy Father releases message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Novices look on as Pope Francis meets with those discerning vocations during an audience in 2013.
The 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations was celebrated that year.
(Photo: Tony Gentile, Reuters / CNS)
This Sunday, the Catholic Church remembers religious people in a special way. Pope Francis has released his message for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
"To offer one’s life in mission is possible only if we are able to leave ourselves behind. On this 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like reflect on that particular 'exodus' which is the heart of vocation, or better yet, of our response to the vocation God gives us.

When we hear the word 'exodus,' we immediately think of the origins of the amazing love story between God and his people, a history which passes through the dramatic period of slavery in Egypt, the calling of Moses, the experience of liberation and the journey toward the Promised Land.

The Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, which recounts these events is a parable of the entire history of salvation, but also of the inner workings of Christian faith."
He goes on to say that the vocation of a Christian is one of love, of letting go of oneself, and of deeper discovery of God. Read the full text of his message here.

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