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A new ‘vocational culture’ is needed in the Church, Pope Francis says – Crux: Covering all things Catholic

“(Today) there is the urgency to bring into the Christian community a new ‘vocational culture,’” the pope said January 5.

“Your witness will be much more persuasive if, with joy and truth, you know how to tell the beauty, the awe and the wonder of being in love with God” and of being men and women “who live with gratitude their choice of a life helping others in order to leave an unprecedented and original imprint on history.”

He compared the “total and generous yes of a life given” to a spring of water hidden deep in the earth, which waits for the right moment “to gust forth and slide out, in a stream of purity and freshness.”

To do this means not being “tricked by external solicitations,” but entrusting oneself to “the mercy and tenderness of the Lord, reviving the fidelity of our choices and the freshness of the first love.”

Pointing to the upcoming 2018 Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation,” the pope said that as it approaches, the theme must be increasingly at the forefront of their thoughts and attention.

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