Whether you’re considering a religious vocation or simply trying to lead a Christ-centered life, Franciscan friar Casey Cole has news: Christian life doesn't end with a profession of faith or hearing of God's call. That's when it begins. While the trappings of a professed Franciscan’s life may be different from that of a layperson, the inspiration and foundation are exactly the same: We are disciples of Christ called to live the Gospel in our world. Casey may wear brown while you wear red; he may work at a Church while you work in a school; and he may profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience while you have yet to make any formal commitments in your life. The expressions may be different, but the life is the same. Based on a series of contagiously enthusiastic blog posts Casey wrote while he was in formation, Called: What Happens After Saying Yes to God reflects on realities that are common to anyone who is serious about living a sincere Christian life and trying to follow the message of Jesus in the Gospels.
- All Christians must discern God’s call for them.
- All Christians struggle at times knowing how to pray.
- All Christians work to be in intimate relationships with others.
- All Christians are challenged to give of themselves so to rely more on God.
- All Christians have a mission of building up the kingdom.
- And all Christians, like it or not, fail along the way.
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About the Author
Casey Cole, OFM, is a vowed religious in the Order of Friars Minor, commonly known as the Franciscans. He has a degree in religious studies with a minor in poverty studies from Furman University. In August 2017, he professed his final vows within the Order of Friars Minor. He is in training to be ordained a priest, currently studying theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His videos and blog can be found at BreakingInTheHabit.org.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Saying Yes is Only the Beginning vii
Chapter 1 Discernment Never Ends 1
Chapter 2 Living in the Moment 29
Chapter 3 A Life to Share 57
Chapter 4 Seeking Insecurity 87
Chapter 5 What the World Needs 117
Chapter 6 Sometimes We Fail 149