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Posted December 12, 2012
The Catholic Update Guide to Vocations, like others in this series, is based on videos and newsletters published by Franciscan Media. The series is designed to provide the “what, why, and how-to for people in the pews,” and is geared to individuals, catechists, parish ministers, and faith-sharing groups. The vocations book begins with the information that everyone has not one, but two vocations: primary and secondary. The primary vocation of every Christian is to live as a disciple of Jesus. The secondary vocation involves the path through which we live out that discipleship: single life, marriage, Holy Orders, or religious life. This short, pocket-sized book covers discernment and a concise overview of the four areas addressed. In the single life chapter, for example, there are eight myths about single life and a discussion of “widowed, divorced, and separated single life,” and Church tradition regarding singles. The marriage chapter contains seven keys to understanding marriage as developed by a deacon active in marriage preparation ministry. The chapter closes with four threats to marriage in our society as articulated by the U.S. Bishops: contraception, same-sex unions, divorce, and cohabitation. The Holy Orders chapter reminds readers that “all the baptized share in the royal priesthood of Jesus,” then explains the relationship between the priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial or hierarchical priesthood. The religious life chapter discusses the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience and offers a brief history of religious life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.