There are so many instances in the Gospel when Jesus tells us to not be afraid. Do you think He said that just because it sounds nice? He said it because He knew we would need to hear it – not once or twice, but over and over again.
When Sr. Clare wrote her vocation story, she entitled it, “What a movie!” Her story began with these words: “I hope this testimony will help your soul and help you grow closer to God, because being close to Him, you will be truly happy.”
I am sure that you all want to build your life on a solid foundation which will enable you to stand up to the trials that will never be lacking – a rock foundation. And you see before you Mary, the Virgin of Nazareth, the humble handmaid of the Lord, who points to her Son, saying: "Do whatever he tells you", that is, listen to Jesus, obey Jesus, his commandments, place your trust in Him. This is the only project for a truly successful and happy life. This is also the one source that gives the deepest meaning to life.
One of the hardest things for us to understand when we think about our vocation is how God’s will and the desires of our heart can go together. “If God was really calling me to that, wouldn’t I be drawn to that vocation?” “I’ve always imagined myself getting married and having a family…therefore, that must be what God’s calling me to.”