Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The middle school youth will understand the concept of “vocation.” They also will discuss the Sacraments of service and consider whether they are feeling a call to serving God and His people as a lay person or through the religious life.
About this night
The word “vocation” is derived from the Latin word vocare, meaning “to call.” Vocation, in the Christian sense, refers to the individual calling of each person to serve God in a personal way. As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life. (1)
So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel…. (2)
As followers of Christ, we too are called to respond to God’s call by proclaiming the Good News in word and action: “All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer” (3).
Within the Catholic Church, vocation frequently is associated with service to God’s people as a consecrated religious sister or brother, or as a minister – bishop, priest or deacon – ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The Sacrament of Matrimony also is “directed toward the salvation of others” (1534), and “on their part, ‘Christian spouses are fortified and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and dignity of their state by a special sacrament’” (1535).
In truth, however, Christians of all ages, whether married or single, whether lay persons or religious, are bound to live their calling or vocation through reception of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist:
They ground the common vocation of all Christ’s disciples, a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. They confer the graces needed for the life according to the Spirit during this life as pilgrims on the march towards the homeland. (1533)
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