There are many ways we might hear and follow to the call of God. This week's stories touch on some of the ways God speaks to us, calling us to respond with our whole lives.
The word vocation tends to evoke a call to married, priestly or religious life, and while these callings are always significant, there are other important ways that God calls us. We talk with Silvana Scarfe from Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal, whose work with young people has taught her valuable lessons about how we might go about discovering our personal, God-given, ‘unrepeatable’ mission in life.
One way God can shape a young person’s purpose in life is through education. As thousands of students prepare to return to university campuses in coming weeks, we offer ‘A Catholic’s guide to O-Week’. Two Catholic students share their insights into the joys and challenges of university life, and offer some tips on how to thrive on campus. We also hear about a recent gathering of more than 100 old collegians from St Patrick's College, who came together to mark the 55th anniversary of the school’s closure and to reminisce about their rich, shared history.
Of course, God's call to mission is not just for individuals but for the whole Church. Last Friday, the Catholic bishops of Oceania concluded their week-long gathering in Fiji. The assembly drew bishops from across our region to listen and discern how God is calling the Church to respond in our part of the world, and to explore how they might bring a ‘distinctively Oceanic voice’ to the upcoming synod on synodality.
Making time for regular prayer is fundamental to any attempt to hear and respond to God’s call—something that Six30 Holy Hour at St Patrick’s Cathedral has been helping people to do for more than 20 years. Regular participants Klara Rawdanowicz and Joe Melhem share how they fell in love with eucharistic adoration and how it changed their lives.
As we approach Ash Wednesday next week and prepare to enter again into the Lenten season, may we listen ever more carefully for the still, small voice of God in our lives.