My Vocation is Love - A Letter from Megan
“My Sisters in Christ,
Hello. I graduated from college in May 2016. This year has been filled with transitions (working full time, moving out of my parents, doing my own taxes, buying a car, searching for community, etc) While I have been settling into this new stage in my life, I have found myself asking this question: “What does it really mean to be a young Catholic woman?”
Recently, I have been thinking that I can’t offer much to the Church because so much in my life is new. But no matter where we are in life (settled, transitional period, single, religious life, married, etc), we all have something to offer to the Church.
St. Therese of Lisieux puts it simply, “My vocation is love.” St. Therese’s wisdom has been very powerful for me because of the simplicity of the constant call to love. Christ shows us the ultimate love on the cross. It is that pure + perfect love that teaches us how to truly love. Love is something that we as women can embody in a beautiful way simply through our innate compassion for another.
My encouragement is to be renewed in your vocation to love through the example that Christ has given us on the cross. Don’t allow the world to cloud your eyes with negativity or discouragement. How can you practically live your vocation to love today?
In Mary’s Heart, Megan"
Get to know Megan
Megan is a 23 year old Director of High School Evangelization at a parish in Cincinnati, OH
What do the first two hours of your day look like?
I love slow mornings. My ideal morning looks like this: wake up, take a shower, have silent prayer time, eat breakfast (usually something with eggs), and have a cup of coffee!
What's your favorite part of your current occupation?
The best part of my current occupation is to journey with teens in their relationship with Christ. I am amazed by the intense passion that teens have for whatever they enjoy (sports, friendships, food, etc.) - but it is beautiful when I see that passion in their relationship with Christ.
Tell us about the first time you experienced a strong sense of belonging in the Catholic Church.
I have been blessed by main strong experiences of belonging in the Catholic Church, but the first one I thought of was when I was in Lourdes France. After my freshman year of high school I went on a pilgrimage to France (Lourdes, Never, Lisieux, Paris). While I was in Lourdes, the universality of the Catholic Church was very present. Every night in Lourdes there is a candlelight rosary procession. Every decade is led in a different language. The first procession that I attended was powerful. I remember literally stopping and being struck with the how connected I felt with the thousands of other people.
Tell us about a woman you look up to.
The Blessed Virgin Mary. I love the witness of her heroic virtue. I have looked to her as a model and example of how to live my life as a Catholic woman.
Favorite literary character (from a book, movie, TV series). Go!
Sherlock. My roommate and I have begun diving into Sherlock. First of all, if you haven’t watched this TV series I highly suggest it. Second, the character of Sherlock in my eyes is developed well.