Franciscan Footprints

Annunciation Window at OSF St FrancisI don’t know about you, but I find the lives of the saints so inspiring.  I also like to hear other peoples’ vocation stories.  When I was discerning my religious vocation I found them helpful, but even now, I find them inspiring.  It is beautiful to see the many different ways God reveals Himself in our lives, how He speaks to us.

Young people who are trying to figure out where they belong often ask me, “How do you know?”  You can see the anxiety, confusion, and frustration on their faces.  Some have been looking for years, others, just starting.  Well, there is no cookie cutter answer, ‘cuz we’re not cookies!  God has made us all unique, and they ways he handles us are not the same.  That doesn’t mean there is no way to know what He wants of us, and we can still learn from the experiences of others.

Along that train of thought, I have been pondering for a while about writing a series of blog posts on the vocation stories of the saints.  They too had to “figure out” what God was asking of them.  They heard God’s call in different ways.  Their responses varied as well.

So, I plan (hope) to post on a saint’s vocation story once a month for the next several months.  I have a few in mind already: Our Lady, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Francis, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Jeanne Jugan…

What are your favorite saint vocation stories?

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