Category Archives: Christus Vivit

Christus Vivit 273: Work With Meaning

Let’s get into some last thoughts on work as “Vocation.”  If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. 273. When we discover that God is calling us to something, that this … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 271: Work and Human Dignity

We continue to examine work as “Vocation.” It’s about more than money, economic status or, heaven help us, fitting people into the cogs of business and society. We have often failed young people when it comes to the place and … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 270: Marginalization In Work

We continue looking at work as “Vocation” and its not always a fair proposition, especially for those perceived as inexperienced or easily able to be exploited or easily dismissed. A quote from the synod’s final document: 270. The Synod noted … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 269: Work And Connectedness

Do we see work as “Vocation?” Today we consider the second of six paragraphs that look at this topic. Pope Francis suggests that work is an interconnected phenomenon, something we can’t do by ourselves. I suspect that some Ignatian thread … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 268: Work

Do we see work as “Vocation?” Six paragraphs treat this topic.  If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. Today though, we begin with a lengthy citation from the 1996 USCCB … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 267: Single And Baptized

“Love and family” doesn’t always work out in our “Vocation.” A final thought on that topic today, for people who are not married. If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 265-266: More On Marriage

Today, more on marriage: 265. Marriage requires preparation, and this calls for growing in self-knowledge, developing the greater virtues, particularly love, patience, openness to dialogue and helping others. It also involves maturing in your own sexuality, so that it can … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 264: Opting For Marriage

Thoughts on marriage: 264. Today, a culture of the ephemeral dominates, but it is an illusion. To think that nothing can be definitive is a deceptive lie. “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… In … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 262-263: Family Difficulties

Having a family might be a “Vocation.” But a vocation doesn’t always mean smooth sailing. What happens when waters get rough? 262. The Synod insisted that “the family continues to be the principal point of reference for young people. Children … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 261: Sexuality

261. Here, we need to remember that God created us as sexual beings. He himself “created sexuality, which is a marvelous gift to his creatures”.[Amoris Laetitia 150] Within the vocation to marriage we should acknowledge and appreciate that “sexuality, sex, … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 259-260: Love And Family

Today we continue reading Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal thoughts on “Vocation.” Nine paragraphs treat “Love and family.” Here are the first two: 259. Young people intensely feel the call to love; they dream of meeting the right person with whom they can … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 258: Two Basic Issues

Looking ahead on “Vocation,” Pope Francis cites two things at the fore of nearly every person, family (sections 259-267) and work (268-273). 258. In the life of each young person, this “being there for others” normally has to do with … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 257: Responding To Our Vocation

Continuing with Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal thoughts on “Vocation,” we move into the realm of discernment. We don’t fabricate a vocation. We pay attention to how God made us, what our gifts might be, and we explore and test. Here, we also … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 255-256: A Personal Vocation

255. Your own personal vocation does not consist only in the work you do, though that is an expression of it. Your vocation is something more: it is a path guiding your many efforts and actions towards service to others. … Continue reading

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