Letters on Vocation: Career
It was the first time in my career I came to a crossroads where my faith couldn’t blend with my work.
For the first time in my 25 years of life, I’m living what I consider to be an ordinary life. I work Monday-Friday, eight-to-five, as a receptionist for a Catholic non-profit. Most of my days are spent answering phones, sorting mail, forwarding emails, unjamming printers, and standing at my desk.
The light we are told to share with the world, sisters, and the desire we feel to change lives and transform hearts does not require celebrity status or an audience of any kind.
“You know, they call it a mid-life crisis, but does anyone else feel like it’s more like a daily-life crisis? That may be a little dramatic but I’m sure you can relate to those moments throughout your life that you look around thinking what the heck, where do I go from here?”
“My military uniform clung to my skin in the uncharacteristically hot and humid weather as my mind pressed in on the question that had been floating through my head. Finally, it landed: ‘What am I doing here?’”
"On January 14, 2017 I married the love of my life in my home parish in Miami. On January 16th we boarded separate flights to our respective cities. He had been working in Boston for 6 months and I was still struggling to finish my PhD in Atlanta."
"I also had to realize that medicine is a vocation. It might not be a “capital V” vocation in the sense that marriage, the priesthood, or religious life is a Vocation, but it is a way that God calls humanity to live out our love for neighbor and serve our brothers and sisters."
Dear Friends, every single day we are gifted with beginnings… fresh eyes to seek God, new opportunities to fulfill our vocations, and plentiful chances to be Love to those around us.
My dear sisters, bravery is not something you can achieve by thinking. You must act! Every day, you have an opportunity to rise above your fears, whether small or large.
'Your witness shows through, you know. If I didn’t already know you were a believer, I would know it through how you act and how you go about your work.'
"To my sista-friends: When I was little, I always dreamed of a big, adventurous life, traveling the world with my family, seeing incredible things. I craved adventure..."
"Dear Sister, What is your deepest desire? Take a moment to close your eyes and remember when you experienced a moment of freedom, of pure bliss, that flash in time..."