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Overview Whether you're single or married, Personal Vocation gives you the momentum to find your vocation, commit to it, and remain faithful to your unique and personal call from God.
Publishers Description What does God want you to do with your life? Whether you're ordained, professed religious, single, or married, Personal Vocation will show you how to: discover the elements of your vocation; commit yourself to that mission; and remain faithful to your personal call from God. For the young adult making education and career decisions... For the older individual coming to grips with vocation concerns... this book offers information and a perspective that can encourage, inspire, and re-energize.
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Germain Grisez, PhD, is the Harry J. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics (1978-) at Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland. He received his B.A. at John Carroll University; his M.A. and Ph.L. from the Dominican College of St. Thomas Aquinas; and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Along with philosopher John Finnis, who teaches at Oxford and Notre Dame, Grisez launched a new, theoretically sophisticated version of natural law theology, sometimes referred to as the "New Natural Law Theology."
Germain Grisez currently resides in the state of Maryland. Germain Grisez has an academic affiliation as follows - Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg.
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The Difference that God Makes Apr 5, 2006
Germain Grisez & Russell Shaw, Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone by Name, Our Sunday Visitor, 2003. Reviewed by Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese
Disclaimer: I am no detached or impartial reviewer. I have already bought over 10 copies of this book to give as gifts to students, couples getting married and even job interviewees. I invite you to do the same. As a wedding gift, this would be a far superior choice than one more over priced dish from Needless Markup (AKA, Neiman-Marcus). Students and recent college graduates will find in this book what they may well need most -- a guide to the organization of their life as a whole. Parents and teachers will benefit greatly, both personally and also in their responsibility of mentoring their charges.
The authors begin by noting that "Personal vocation is enormously important yet probably not widely understood. We have written this book with the hope of remedying that." Indeed, one of the primary services the book renders is in introducing the reader to a more complete concept of "vocation." In the course of doing so, it also serves as a corrective of various false understandings of vocation. Among the important errors covered, two in particular are prominent in our culture: confusing selfishness with vocation and the idea that some Christians have vocations and others do not. As the authors point out, the restricting of the term "vocation" to refer only to Church vocations obscures the fact that "Every member of the Church who seeks to know what God asks of him or her will discover a unique personal vocation of his or her own."
It is crucial that every Christian recognize that God is calling him or her to cooperate with him in the whole of their life. No time period in a person's life is to be wasted. No part of your life is yours to the exclusion of God. Two common examples illustrate the consequences of failing to recognize this reality. Some person feel and act as if the time they spend single, looking for a spouse or discerning their vocation is "wasted" time. They conceptually exclude this period of their life from God's providence and purpose. A second set of examples come readily to mind regarding money and tithing. A friend once asked me, "How much should we give to God and how much do we get to keep for ourselves?" Answer: You have to give 100% to God, that is, cooperate with him in your use of every dime (and every minute). Fortunately, putting money in the collection plate is only one way of cooperating with God. Another way (for a father or a mother) is purchasing diapers.
The book's core thesis could be taken from a section entitled, "The Idea of a Personal Vocation." Therein, the authors write,
"The answer to the vocation crisis of the Church is personal vocation. Rather than there being a shortage of vocations, as is often mistakenly supposed, there is a widespread failure by Catholics to seek, discern, accept, and live out their personal vocations. To a considerable extent it comes from failure to realize that there is such a thing as personal vocation."
In delineating a rich concept of personal vocation the authors describe three senses of the term which are applicable to every Catholic. First, there is the "vocation to be a Christian" which entails living the truth of our faith. Second, there is "vocation in the sense of state of life" (single, consecrated, married, lay, ordained, etc.) which sets the context for many of a person's choices. Finally, there is "vocation in the sense of personal vocation" which refers to the unique portion of work, encompassing the whole of a person's life (without exception), that God calls a given person to embrace and to cooperate with him in performing.
Personal Vocation, at 161 pages and written in a popular style, makes for painless reading and is accessible to a broad audience. Adding to its utility is a final chapter entitled, "Putting the Idea to Work" that contains insightful and practical advice on such matters as dealing with the aftermath of past poor vocation choices, burnout, catechesis, and apostolate. Short sections are also dedicated to the application of the forgoing text to particular groups such as parents, teachers and bishops. Virtually every member of all three groups would be well served by reading this book.