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Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, on vocations

(Published Jan. 9, 2009)
By Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, CSJ
Vocation Ministry Coordinator

The essence of a vocation is best captured for me through the following story: There was once a rabbi named Zushua, and as he was dying, his follower gathered around him and one asked him, “Rabbi Zushua, give us a wise word before you die.” And this is what Zushua said. “When I stand before God on Judgment Day, God will not ask me, ‘Zushua, why weren’t you more like Abraham or Moses.’ God will ask instead, ‘Zushua, why weren’t you more like Zushua?’”

To become who God created us to be is, indeed, the call for each of us – the call to holiness. The vocational path each is called into is the one in which the person can become the best person she/he can be. To discern that call requires listening to the “still small voice” that is within us as well as living a reflective life that is able to sift through the various chorus of voices that we experience and learn to recognize which voice is God’s. It helps to have a spiritual guide along the journey for it is so easy to be deceived. Deception is as old as Adam and Eve! We know and tell their story. The challenge is to know our own patterns of deception and be willing to share if it is of service to God and the neighbor.

My own call as Sister of St. Joseph is gift! The words from Pedro Arrupe, a former Superior General of the Jesuits express for me the quality of the gift of my vocation, falling in love with God.

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, what you know and what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

I seek to live that with abandon and my prayer is that on Judgment Day, God meets me and says, “Anna Marie thanks for being Anna Marie!”

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