Vocation Discernment Retreatants Take Nothing for the Journey

Paul Keggington

November 12, 2012

During this Year of Faith, it is fitting that a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Vocation Discernment Retreat focus on Luke 9:3. Why? It was one of the passages St. Francis found direction in his Gospel life. Jesus used these words with his apostles and in turn St. Francis prayed and found this Scripture to be a source of confidence in his relationship with God and joy for him and his followers. We invited our November 9-11, 2012 retreatants to also consider this wisdom: “Take nothing for the journey–no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.”

Participants were to “take nothing for the journey” trusting that what will be needed will be provided. Important to trust born of this Gospel sense is knowing that one is loved and free to choose.

Here’s what the young women especially appreciated about their weekend experience:

  • getting to see and take part in the prayer life of the Sisters
  • music ministry at Holy Family Parish, Brillion, WI; special thanks to Fr. Timothy Brandt and the people of God in this welcoming community
  • learning more about Francis and Clare
  • Postulants’ stories
  • quiet time for prayer
  • getting to know the Postulants, because it was easier to see myself first as a Postulant than as a Sister

Are you called to be a Franciscan Sister? Consider our February 22-24, 2012 Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat.

If this time is not convenient for you or you feel called to explore our way of life before this date, please contact us. We will help you connect with other young women pondering if they, too, are called to be consecrated women religious.

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