Personal Introduction

Welcome! My name is John Roselle, SJ, and I took lifelong ("perpetual") vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Jesuit on August 13th, 2011 after a two-year novitiate. I am now a Jesuit Scholastic for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. I will study philosophy and theology for the next three years at Loyola University in Chicago. At the same time, I will do part-time ministry in some capacity with the poor. After that, I will likely teach for three years before finishing three more years of theology. Then, God willing, I will be ordained a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest! It's a long road, but a blessed, fun, and enriching one. This blog exists as a resource for friends, family, and others who are interested in my progress through the Jesuit process of formation. Every day is its own adventure, and I am happy to have you along with me to share in this. This blog contains my own personal thoughts and should not be taken to speak for the entire Society of Jesus. Feel free to contact me. God bless you!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vocation: The Invitation of a Lifetime

I am preparing a 20-30 min presentation for student leaders at John Carroll University on the idea of vocation.  Since so many people exclusively associate the word "vocation" with the call to priesthood and/or religious life, I am NOT saying that I am a Jesuit novice until the END of the presentation!

I am seeking to get across the idea that ALL of us have vocations in our lives, and by that I mean a specific, unique, personal "calling" to a way of life (such as marriage, fatherhood/motherhood, a profession, or another special mission in life). 

This vocation is a calling that is personal, unique, from within one’s deepest, truest, and best self and DESIRES.  Yes, vocation is something you actually WANT to do, even if that means a lot of HARD work in the meantime.  Think of Jesus calling the rich young man to follow Him.  This was the INVITATION OF A LIFETIME, a calling to meaning and purpose beyond what he could have asked or imagined.  Yet as much as he might have wanted to follow Jesus, the young man turned Him down on His offer of vocation (and "went away sad"), because he couldn't accept the tough parts of the job. 

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