phileena heuertz

Vocation: listening to and with our hearts

“The English word ‘vocation’ is derived from the Latin vocare, 'to call’ and vox, 'voice.’ The meaning centers on a 'voice calling.’ John Neafsey, a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the department of theology at Loyola University Chicago, says that 'vocation is not only about "me” and my personal fulfillment, but about “us” and the common good.’ He goes on to explain that “authentic vocational discernment, therefore, seeks a proper balance between inward listening to our heart and outward, socially engaged listening with our heart to the realities of the world in which we live. These come together in our heart’s response to the needs and sufferings of the world.” –Phileena Heuertz, Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life, p. 177