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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.
In his own path of discernment and discipleship, Casey has found a life that brings him amazement and wonder, sorrow and joy, encouragement and challenges, and he’s eager to share it all with everyone he can. Called offers inspiration and guidance to all those pursuing a life in Christ, in whatever form that may take. What you wonder, what you struggle with, what you experience in your daily life - you’re not alone.
“Casey Cole's new book is an engaging snapshot of the life of a young Franciscan: his hopes and dreams, his daily joys and struggles, and, especially, his relationship with God. Inviting, accessible, and inspirational, it's also a fine introduction to Franciscan spirituality, ever old but ever new.” (James Martin, SJ, author, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything)
“Intensely personal yet deeply ecclesial, Casey Cole’s story is my story and yours; it is the path of God’s pilgrim people. As a brother to Francis of Assisi, who chose poverty in this world, Friar Casey will help reveal the mysterious working of God’s grace in your quest to follow the Christ, Who became poor that we might be truly and eternally rich.” (Bishop Robert Reed, CatholicTV Network)
“By telling his own story of vocational discernment and initial formation, Casey Cole invites readers to reflect on the various ways God is calling them to say yes to God. This book will be especially helpful for young women and men who are looking for insight from someone who understands personally the challenges of evangelizing in a digital age, while also striving to live the Gospel with sincerity.” (Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Catholic Theological Union [Chicago], author, Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis)
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casey cole, needs to communicate with people who have difficulty and to gain life experiences to understand the world as it is. good read
- David Ryan Lompe
A good reminder
This is a good reminder to every Christian, Catholic and Protestant alike, to have a greater focus on others and imaging Christ in our lives.
- Anonymous User
I feel a better understanding of what God is calling me to do in the faith.