"The Place Where your Deep Gladness Meets the World's Needs"

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

True vocation joins self and service, as Frederick Buechner asserts when he defines vocation as, “The place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.”

Buechner’s definition starts with the self and moves toward the needs of the world: it begins , wisely, where vocation begins, not in what the world needs (which is everything) but in the nature of the human self.

Vocation begins in what brings the self joy, the deep joy of knowing that we are here on earth to be the gifts that God created.

May you find and know the deep joy of responding to your calling, your vocation, your path.

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