DON BOSCO DAY BY DAY
YOUR VOCATION COMES FROM GOD
Don Bosco talked of fidelity to one’s vocation. The next seven reflections are on the topic of vocations.
Yes, all of you are called to the Salesian congregation, to the priesthood and to the religious life.
I can assure you in God’s name that all of those who made their profession were undoubtedly called. Before accepting them I made it a point to know them thoroughly, and by admitting them I proved beyond doubt that I was convinced of their worthiness for this great calling. Moreover, the superior is obliged under penalty of a grievous sin to reject any applicant whom he considers unfit.
In conclusion, what does one do on entering the congregation? If he acts according to our Lord’s desire; he does God’s will. The mere fact that God led us here and that we followed Him is a clear sign that He Himself opened to us this path of salvation. Who instilled this feeling into us? “Every worthwhile gift every genuine benefit,” says St. James the apostle, “comes from above, descending from the Father of the heavenly luminaries” (Jm 1:7). Hence, your vocation comes from God.
What if something unexpected should lead one to decide otherwise? In this case the same superior, noticing a weakening in the subject’s vocation, is bound to alert him to it. I would be the first to tell such a one: “You are not called to the religious life, and by remaining in it you are jeopardizing your eternal salvation.” Then we would both work together to find a calling better suited to the achievement of his salvation. If necessary I would solicitously help him to find a position outside the congregation. But until such a sign becomes man St. Thomas says, one should persevere in the state he has embraced. St. Paul, too, warns us to abide in the same calling in which we were called (cf 1 Cor 7, 20). (BM XII, 409-411)
1. To achieve great things, I must be faithful to my vocation.
2. All those who made their profession were called.
3. My vocation comes from God.