Christus Vivit 272: When A Calling Is Frustrated

Work may be Vocation,” but sometimes we cannot leap directly into our life’s calling, from God or otherwise.

Sometimes a person has to accept a different kind of work. Sometimes the work itself is not a vocation, but a means to an end that is realized in one’s off-work hours.

272. Young people do not always have the chance to decide what kind of work they will do, or how their energies and talents will be spent. Because, alongside their own aspirations, abilities and choices, there is the harsh reality of the job market. It is true that you cannot live without working, and that sometimes you have to accept whatever is available, but I ask you never to give up on your dreams, never completely bury a calling, and never accept defeat. Keep seeking at least partial or imperfect ways to live what you have discerned to be your real calling.

Any comments?

If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Christus Vivit 272: When A Calling Is Frustrated

  1. Liam says:

    Ah, the “job market”.

    I wonder what Dorothy Day might offer, as she matured in the last time when, in the USA, it was feasible for many people (though not fondly) to make a subsistence living off the land – the first (but largely forgotten) of the back-to-the-land impulses of the American 20th century. That world was dying at the time (as was its peonage shadow of sharecropping), due to the agricultural depression that preceded the Great Depression – which began the great consolidation of ownership of agricultural land that accelerated with WW2 and the post-war generations. Unlike those who were inspired by later back-to-the-land impulses, Day learned early and hard that human nature made them a fraught enterprise and that failure would be twinned with human nature.

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