Here’s Some Thanksgiving Vocation Advice from St. Clare

by Sister Julie Ann on November 21, 2012

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are fully aware that this time of the year is a prime vocation discernment time. As we thank God for our many blessings that include the loving and selfless vocations of our Sisters in Community, our families and friends, we offer two pieces of Clarian advice for those sincerely seeking to know how you are ‘called to be’ for others.

Community Director, Sister Louise Hembrecht summarized St. Clare’s own way of following in the footprints of Jesus Christ at a recent day of recollection at  St. Clare Parish, Askeaton, Greenleaf, and Wrightstown, WI. We invite you to ponder this wisdom:

As Clare focused her life on the Mirror of God, Christ the Lord, she saw blessed poverty, holy humility and inexpressible charity, and through God’s grace, she adorned herself with those virtues and countless others and became a mirror of the Lord she contemplated.  Though she lived hidden in the confined areas of the monastery, her life was visible; though she was silent, her reputation became widespread.

St. Clare’s own Testment, a classic autobiographical text, is another powerful place to pause and pray:

“Among the benefits we have received and continue daily to receive from our Benefactor, the Father of mercies, and for which we must give heartfelt thanks to the glorious Father of Christ, is our vocation. And the more perfect and strong that vocation is, the greater is our debt of gratitude” (TestCl 2-3).

May Thanksgiving be more than a day, but a way of life! Peace and all good from all of us Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity!

Note: If you feel inspired to contemplate your call from God with other young women like yourself,  we also invite you to register for our next vocation discernment retreat. Click here.

3 thoughts on “Here’s Some Thanksgiving Vocation Advice from St. Clare”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    It is said that the one gift we can give to God is “thanksgiving!” The gratitude I have for my vocation of living life as a consecrated Franciscan Sister, belonging to Jesus is an inexhaustible mystery. I do love St. Clare’s image of gazing into the “Mirror of God” of seeing the very personal, intimate relationship Jesus has with me which is rooted in the depth of my heart. To be a reflection of Him with those He puts into my life is the mystery of loving and living with Him!

  2. My vocation journey has been a great gift as well. It is only in looking back that I see (partially) God’s design. Even when I was not “successful” God was at work making all things turn out for good. Clare’s inspiration of gratitude for the gift of vocation is always timely!

  3. The gift of my religious vocation is an object of gratitude as well. Never would I imagine the opportunities, challenges, new experiences and friendships possible in religious life. The time for quiet prayer each day ignites great gratitude!

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