Each of us shines like a star in the heart of God and in the firmament of the universe. At the same time, though, we are called to form constellations that can guide and light up the path of humanity, beginning with the places in which we live. [1]

This year’s National Vocations Awareness Week begins on 7 August and concludes on 14 August. During this week, we also celebrate the feast of Saint Mary MacKillop on 8 August.

Each human being has the responsibility to seek happiness and fulfilment in life. Each person has a unique truth and calling from God, a vocation. St Paul in his letter to the Philippians urged, “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness.” (Phil 4:4)

We are each called to find ourselves in prayer, seeking to find our balance, and the truest way to live in the world in deep joy. Everybody has to come to this by responding to questions like, “What are the possibilities for my life?”, “How is God calling me to be the human being I can be?”

Your seeking happiness and joy can happen through many pathways including some form of involvement with the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Realising God’s dream in anyone life has a communal as well as a personal dimension. [2]

Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart.
Mary MacKillop to her mother Flora, 1868 (aged 26)

You might like to visit www.sosj.org.au/become-involved

Therese Carroll rsj
Convenor, CIDC (Congregational Immersion and Discernment of Call Committee)


[1] Pope Francis, Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis, 5 May 2022.
[2] Ibid.