Christus Vivit 277: Seeking The Calm

In this paragraph, Pope Francis concludes his Post-Synodal thoughts on “Vocation.” Remember that if you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site.

277. Jesus is walking in our midst, as he did in Galilee. He walks through our streets, and he quietly stops and looks into our eyes. His call is attractive and intriguing. Yet today the stress and quick pace of a world constantly bombarding us with stimuli can leave no room for that interior silence in which we can perceive Jesus’ gaze and hear his call. In the meantime, many attractively packaged offers will come your way. They may seem appealing and exciting, although in time they will only leave you feeling empty, weary and alone. Don’t let this happen to you, because the maelstrom of this world can drive you to take a route without real meaning, without direction, without clear goals, and thus thwart many of your efforts. It is better to seek out that calm and quiet that enable you to reflect, pray, look more clearly at the world around you, and then, with Jesus, come to recognize the vocation that is yours in this world.

A typically Ignatian reflection. Indeed, Jesus intrigues many people. They don’t often get beyond the stage of curiosity. Sometimes, another person is needed. We are curious about their life choices, We wonder about their serenity and peace. Pope Francis suggests we tap into serenity and peace ourselves. We will get a glimmer of understanding.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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