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The world today is the same world that Jesus came to. It was a world with good things and also conflict, like ours today. Jesus faced his calling by listening, pondering and responding - like the prophets before him, like Mary and Joseph, like people throughout history and even today.
Jesus showed us through his word and deed how to be "good news" and to aim high - and he showed us a better world and how to realize it. He gave us the Spirit to follow his lead.
Jesus asked people to follow him - his ways - and to pick up the cross - to right the wrongs, and to heal the sick, help the poor, address injustice and to help bring God's reign about here on earth.
Following Jesus involves meeting real life situations head on and to do it with your whole being. We see in the Gospel two groups taking up this challenge.
- One group included women and men who followed Jesus' challenge with all their hearts in the midst of their families and work like Martha, Lazarus, and Zacchaeus.
- Another group is the women and men who followed Jesus and left their settled lifestyle, like Mary, Peter, and John.
These two groups in the Church today are both equally good. All are called to follow Christ equally.
I want to talk about the group that followed Jesus and left their settled lifestyle - today these are the women and men who are religious sisters and priests.
Women religious today declare themselves publicly for Jesus and they follow Jesus publicly. As a Sister of Bon Secours I cannot hide from life and the world. I follow the same Gospel that the early disciples did and the same Spirit helps me to address the needs of the world. I, along with sisters from my Congregation as well as other congregations commit our selves to building a better world ... as our Constitutions say, "The struggle for a more humane world is not an option. It is an integral part of spreading the Gospel."
Bon Secours means "Good Help" and as realists we know we can't change the world alone, but together we can do great things. We are about healing people and the world, building healthy civic communities together with the people living there. The Spirit helps us to see the needs of people around us and we pull together to help our neighbor in need, the sick, the poor, the under privileged. The compassion we feel for others is the compassion of Christ working through us. We use our gifts and talents and are not afraid of failure or responsibility because both are a part of living the challenge of Christ's way of love and compassion.
We each have heard God calling us to follow Christ. We each chose a road to discover what vocational choice would answer God's call to best serve Him and one another. We know we are on a life journey of becoming the true reflection of Christ - we are not perfect, but we don't make excuses or give up, remaining adaptable to God's will. It's not about giving up things, but it's about gaining much more. like the freedom and joy of doing what God has called me to be and do.
The world needs women who will say "YES!" to God's call. Consider a call to become a religious sister. Embrace the call to follow Christ and to build a better world! In the end choose to make a difference. Call 1-877-742-0277 (Toll free) for information on how to discover your calling and for information about the Sisters of Bon Secours.
Sisters of Bon Secours
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Sisters of Bon Secours - Vocation Office, 1-877 742-0277
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