The 1997 document ‘In Verbo Tuo – New Vocations for a New Europe’ is essential to our understanding of this central aspect of our charism. It shows how the new evangelisation must proclaim again the strong sense of life as ‘vocation’ in its fundamental call to holiness. It is no coincidence that this new community found itself coming into existence at the beginning of the third millenium!
‘Vocation is to be the very heart of the new evangelisation at the threshold of the third millennium’
There is a specific vocation for every living person connected to the simple fact of existing. We are witnessing the social, moral and religious disintegration of society, the ever-expanding ‘culture of death’ and the spread of systematic atheism and materialism. At the same time we recognise in many people the search for meaning and the thirst for truth. In response to this we desire to help promote a vocational culture wherein everyone feels ‘called by name’:
- to live life as a response to love received
- to union with God
- as Christians, to live fully one’s baptismal promises
- to discover one’s ‘personal’ vocation
- to a ‘particular’ vocation
We now have almost two generations saturated with a materialism that promises happiness. People have tried it, and guess what: they’ve found, in some incredibly painful ways, that this so-called freedom promised by society, and especially by the media, brings an emptiness of soul that is yearning to be filled. Young people’s growing awareness of the unsatisfactory nature of modern nihilistic allurements are provoking them to search for meaning and truth. Because of this, they are fertile soil for the Word of God to take root and flourish. We are already working closely with the new movements actively engaged in the new evangelisation and aim to do so even more as the community grows. Like them we try to bring people to Christ in Scripture and in the Sacraments, accompanying everyone into a real, living, personal relationship with God. He will then lead them to where he desires to be served by them – to their vocation.