| Vocations are calls to embark
on exodus to Promised Land
VATICAN CITY — Following a vocation to the priesthood or religious life is to live an experience of "exodus" to joyfully leave behind all that enslaves and journey to a Promised Land of love, service and mission, Pope Francis said.
"Responding to God's call, then, means allowing him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness," the pope said in his message for the 2015 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The day will be celebrated April 26 at the Vatican and in many dioceses around the world.
The message, released at the Vatican April 14, was dedicated to the theme: "Exodus: A fundamental experience of vocation."
Every Christian vocation is rooted in this sense of movement, of journeying and going forward since "belief means transcending ourselves, leaving behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to center our life in Jesus Christ," the pope wrote.
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