We are responsible for creating a vocation culture together.
Each Christian vocation is a “gift of God to the people of God”, a call to discipleship and service for the building of the Body of Christ in the world. The basic challenge is to develop a “culture of vocation” in the Church today.
The Third Continental Vocation Congress held in Montreal in 2002 spoke of culture as a sacred space proving a context and the language giving meaning, identity, community and union with the Divine. (Pastoral Plan, p. 25) To foster a “vocation culture” is to promote a climate where young Christians are open to receive a personal invitation to discern wisely and to welcome freely the type of permanent commitment to which they are called in the Church. (idem. P. 62)
The pastoral plan included five actions:
It is good to pray for vocations, but more importantly we must become prayerful persons.
Help each person to understand one’s own life as a personal response to God’s call to love, to holiness and to service.
Experience one’s own mission. Build a fire lit by Jesus Christ to bring warmth and light to a world which is often in obscurity and coldness. (Pastoral Plan # 2 from the Declaration of youth)
Attention should always be focused on God’s intervention in persons seeking meaning.
It is a specific invitation to discerning if God is calling me to a particular vocation or not.
"The vocation and mission of the RHSJ are to reveal to the world a God that unites and frees. The RHSJ are called to live the liberty of the children of God, as women of faith, incarnating Christ’s tender compassion in serving His members, especially the poor, the sick and the most needy in union of charity."
"The spirit of this family if that of the holy liberty of the children of God, which renders the religious attentive to self, faithful to God, pure in her life, simple in her intentions, gentle in her conversations, cordially united with her sisters, tenderly charitable towards the sick poor, stable and unshaken in the midst of all circumstances and events of her life, desirous above all to be pleasing to God."