Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Summary of the Bar Lunch Talk, 26th October 2008, given by Jo Gilbert
“If you are who you are made to be you will set the world on fire”
St Catherine of Sienna
- Who am I made to be?
- Where am I going?
- What is the purpose and meaning of my life?
We often have many misconceptions about the idea of calling or ‘vocation’: that it is just for the few, only about the priesthood and religious life, or merely about something we do: a job, function or role.
Perhaps the most important discovery we can make about vocation is that we are all called, without exception, and given a unique name and identity by God.
1) The Personal Vocation. This is about ‘who I am’: coming to a deep knowledge of ourselves, and discovering that we are uniquely called by name. Principally this is about ‘being’, rather than ‘doing’.
2) The task/mission/work/career: i.e. the ‘doing’ bit.
3) The state of life: the concrete commitment and context in which we respond to God. This might be marriage, consecrated life (religious life or priesthood), or single life.
The Bishops of Europe outlined the Theology of Vocation in a document called ‘New Vocations for a New Europe’ (In Verbo Tuo). They said:
“Just as holiness is for all the baptised in Christ, so there exists a specific vocation for every living person; and just as the first is rooted in Baptism, so is the second connected to the simple fact of existing. The vocation is the providential thought of the Creator for each creature, it is his idea-plan, like a dream found in God's heart, because the creature is found in his heart. God the Father wants this to be different and specific for each living person.
“Vocation is the divine invitation to self-realisation according to [the image of the Creator who has called us into life; each vocation] is unique-singular-unrepeatable precisely because this image is inexhaustible. Every creature expresses and is called to express a particular aspect of the thought of God. There he finds his name and his identity; he affirms and ensures his freedom and originality.”
The Called By Name Workshop will offer a space to reflect more deeply on this theme and to set out on a journey of hearing and embracing our unique calling.
Finally, John Paul II frequently asked the questions ‘what is your idea of man?’ and ‘what makes up the dignity and greatness of a human being?’ He urged us:
“Do not be afraid! Do not be afraid of your own youth, and of those deep desires you have for happiness, for truth, for beauty and for lasting love! The future lies in your hands. You must be people with a deep trust in man and a deep trust in the grandeur of the human vocation. Ask yourselves what kind of people you want yourselves and your fellow human beings to be”.
Called By Name Workshop:
Thursday 30th October @ 7:30pm in the Seminar Room @ Newman House
Sunday 2nd November @ 5pm in the Sitting Room @ Newman House
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This is a matter of very grave concern which, sadly, seems to be making an unstoppable progress through Parliament.
Do take time to read Dr Pink's article here.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Mary has this title in her Litany, because the Son of God, who is also called in Scripture the Word and Wisdom of God, once dwelt in her, and then, after His birth of her, was carried in her arms and seated in her lap in His first years. Thus, being, as it were, the human throne of Him who reigns in heaven, she is called the Seat of Wisdom. In the poet's words:—
Where are you going?
What is the meaning and purpose of your life?
A workshop to explore identity and calling. Come along to one of the following sessions:
Monday 27th October @7.30pm
Thursday 30th October @ 7.30pm
Sunday 2nd November @ 5pm
at Newman House, 111 Gower Street.
Thursday 6th November @ 6pm @ LSE
For more information or other dates, contact Jo Gilbert: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- 10.30 am - Holy Mass followed by Coffe and Lunch
- 7.30 pm - Holy Mass
- 8.30 pm - Newman House Cultural Circle presents:
Florence - A City in Pictures
Monday, 20 October
- 7.30 pm - UCL CathSoc:
Mr Al-Hakim: "Islam and Christianity, two faiths from One Divine Source"
Tuesday, 21 October
- 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday, 22 October
- 3.30 pm - Tea with Chaplains
- 7.30 pm - OASIS:
Fr Joe Evans: "Introduction to Revelation - Scripture & Tradition"
Thursday, 23 October
- 5.30 pm at SOAS (Venue TBC):
"AIDS in Africa" - led by Progressio
- 8.00 pm (sitting room):
"The Old Testament through New Eyes" - Studying the Bible
Sunday, 26 October
- 10.30 am - Holy Mass followed by Coffee and Lunch
- 7.30 pm - Holy Mass
Sermon: "God's Will the End of Life," from Discourses Addressed to Mixed Congregations, 1849, in Daniel M. O'Connell, Favorite Newman Sermons, NY: The America Press, 2nd ed., 1940, pp. 177-178