February 17, 2013
Guest Editorial: Lay vocations
Many probably do not realize that vocations are called by God at any age, at any time. It is not only that young man to the priesthood or that young girl to life as a woman religious. God also calls each of us, the laity.
In looking to those early Christians who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings to prayer and the communal life, to the breaking of the bread,” how could someone living in the secular world attempt to live such a committed and valiant lifestyle?
I do not live in a hermitage, nor do I live away from the world. I live and work very much in the secular world. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother — but I am also most importantly a child of God, and soon to be a Discalced Carmelite.
Upon completing my first three years of formation and vocational discernment, in a few short months I will take a step deeper in faith in choosing to answer God’s call and enter into the Order of Discalced Secular Carmelites of the Resurrection, of the Indianapolis archdiocese. I will make my temporary profession of the evangelical counsels of chastity, obedience and poverty, to live according to the Beatitudes and the teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross.
I am so pleased to say that I am not alone; there are now several from our Lafayette diocese who have heard God’s call to Carmel. Some are just visiting; some will enter the aspirancy. I myself will continue on in formation an additional three years before making my definitive profession, and then an additional year before making my vows.
It is such an amazing journey to grow in faith, in community, in love and in prayer. My love of God has deepened as I hunger and thirst for more of who I am becoming, of who God is calling me to be. God has deepened my desire to give myself more completely to him and to the Church.
I have been called by God to this vocation, to participate in his mission in the world through prayer and sacrifice, ... to know that living the remainder of my life in fulfilling God’s call will support and nurture what he has begun and will help me to strive for and to grow in sanctity, to abandon my will and follow and serve as he has called.
This guest editorial was written by Ann Minnick, a parishioner of All Saints, Logansport.