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Resolution + Reasons for Blogging

I never make resolutions, but this year I have decided to make a blogging resolution: post something every day. I can’t promise to post something every day (since I’ve got other priorities like prayer, work, and school), but I do plan to try.

I also thought that in an effort to be a more committed blogger in 2011, it might be helpful for me to re-articulate my reasons for starting this blog:

  1. There seemed to be a real need. There are plenty of helpful vocation Web sites and blogs floating around the Internet, but most of the ones I’ve found aren’t updated regularly. Of the ones that are, few go into much detail about the discernment process. Typically, they provide a “discernment checklist” (steps to take when discerning a vocation), a list of “signs you may be called” (which are worthy of consideration but don’t always apply), a section of FAQs (which are usually only the tip of the iceberg), and various “blurbs” promoting different religious communities. What seems to be lacking on many of these pages is personality – an accessible author with a name and a face, which brings me to my second point…
  2. In my humble opinion, many efforts to promote vocations take the wrong approach. I have come to believe that the most effective way to “promote vocations” is to introduce young people to priests and religious who radiate the joy of living their vocation. In my experience, youth respond better to a low-key conversation about discernment than they do to pushy people who are clearly trying to “recruit” them for a particular diocese or religious community. On this blog, I hope to speak honestly from my personal experience of discernment, and also to share the experiences of my friends who have successfully navigated the often-confusing journey to their vocation. God has blessed me with some truly amazing friends who are passionate about effective vocational ministry – a ministry based on personal relationships.
  3. I am a writer, and I need to form habits that keep me writing on a regular basis. I realize that this is a pretty selfish reason for starting a blog, but I also know that writing makes me a better, happier person. I am currently “incubating” (mulling over) ideas for my first book, and last week I started work on a second blog with friend and fellow writer Elizabeth. (More on that later!) It’s probably pretty irresponsible to take on two additional writing projects when I haven’t even managed to commit to the first, but I feel like this will be good for me: a year of writing (hopefully) every day!

In summary, (1) there was a need, (2) I’m passionate (and at least somewhat knowledgeable) about this topic, and (3) I need to write – three good reasons to be a better blogger.

On a side note, I also wanted to mention that I’m blogging under a pen name. I am on the path to becoming a publicly consecrated person with clear ties to my diocese, and I hope that a pen name will allow me to speak freely about my own discernment without drawing unnecessary attention to myself. I say this so that (a) friends who follow the blog will understand if I ever have to edit my real name out of their comments, and (b) those same friends can help me keep the blog “anonymous” by using my pen name if they link to the blog.

(NB: I have also changed the names of the friends I mention in my posts, for the sake of their privacy and/or their state in life as publicly consecrated persons.)

That’s all for now. Many more posts (and the launch of blog #2) soon to come!

Praying that you all have a blessed and fruitful 2011,

Charity

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Excuses.

This weekend, my roommate asked if I was ever going to “actually write something” for this blog, instead of just posting pretty pictures and quoting other articles. (Thanks for your honesty, Stella! That’s one of the many reasons why I love you!) She’s right, of course. I said I would begin posting regularly almost three weeks ago, and since then I’ve hardly written anything.

Mostly, I haven’t written because I have been doing homework and studying for my theology midterm. Then, last week my seasonal allergies returned with a vengeance, and this antihistamine-induced “brain fog” has made it pretty difficult to write anything coherent.

I know. Excuses, excuses. I suppose I felt that I owed anyone who might be reading the blog (besides Stella) an explanation. And I needed to post something original!

More original, hopefully coherent posts to come once my brain fog starts to clear: my vocation story, some thoughts on the “vocations crisis,” and a series of posts inspired by this amazing little book. Until then, thanks for your patience!

— Charity

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Why another vocations blog?

The Catholic blog directory St. Blog’s Parish lists over 200 blogs written by clergy, seminarians and religious. Apparently, plenty of other bloggers are already writing about vocations… So why start this blog? Why now?

I have found that, once I’ve resolved in prayer to do something for God, it is best to simply begin — otherwise, I will waste countless hours trying to puzzle out why He has asked me to do a particular thing, feeling terribly frustrated all the while because His request was quite clear, and I know that He owes me no explanation. So, my reasons for starting this blog boil down to this: I think God wants it, and I think the time is right.

Some time this past year, God put the idea for this blog into my head. I took it to spiritual direction, and my director approved. Despite his encouragement, I spent months and months making excuses for myself and worrying about whether or not this project would succeed. All that time, my desire to do something to promote vocations grew and grew…

Then, the other night I was out to dinner with some friends when Fr. Wills began to tell Fr. Fields and me about his ideas for promoting vocations in our diocese. His enthusiasm was contagious, and soon the three of us were eagerly discussing how we might collaborate on various projects.

There was a sudden lull in the conversation, and the three of us sat grinning at one another — glad to know we could count on each other’s help, I suppose. Then I said something like, “God is going to do such wonderful things here in our diocese!” To which Fr. Fields replied, “He’s already doing wonderful things!”

His words went straight to my heart. God is already doing wonderful things. God is already doing wonderful things in my life, in the lives of Fr. Wills, Fr. Fields and so many of our friends — and those stories need to be shared. God has called us, and by His grace we have answered “Yes!”

We know He is calling other young men and women, too — but many of them are probably afraid of the call, as we once were. As I begin this blog, it is with those young people in mind. It is my hope that shedding light on the discernment process will help those young people to see that a vocation is always about love, and where there is love, there is no room for fear.

“To discover this call, this vocation, is to realize that Christ is looking on you and inviting you by His glance to give yourself totally in love. Before this glance, before His love, the heart opens its doors gradually and is capable of saying yes. If some of you hear the call to follow Christ more closely, to dedicate your entire heart to Him… be generous, do not be afraid…”

— John Paul II, Asuncion, Paraguay, May 18, 1988

For more info about the blog and about me, see my About page.

Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us.

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