07 A Tale of Two Vocations

posted Jan 16, 2019, 8:09 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 8:09 AM ]
On Vocation Sunday, two people in religious life share their stories with us.

Life for me began with the sudden loss of my dad, when I was at the tender age of 10.

It was then that I began going for daily Mass, because I wanted to visit my father's grave. I used to envy my friends who had both their parents; I felt life had been cruel to me to snatch the one whom I had begun to admire for his values.

Till then, being the youngest, my life had been a carefree one. To fill this void and the burning desire to emulate my dad who did a lot of social work, I joined the Legion of Mary in my home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes (Orlem, Malad), where I served as an active member for almost ten years.

My wonderful family included my mum, two elder sisters and a brother who played a very important role in their own respective ways to make ends meet. Both my sisters immediately took up jobs to support the financial needs of our family, as my brother and I were still in school. After his class X, my brother took up a part-time job while he pursued his college studies simultaneously. I too completed my college studies while I gave tuitions.

It was while I was in the Legion that I felt deep within me the CALL OF THE LORD, so to speak. I had absolutely no idea what all this meant. I began to wonder if this was just a wind that had blown across my mind, but came to know, understand and realise as years passed by, that this burning desire had come to stay and capture my whole being.

I wanted to do something about it, but did not know how and what; besides, I did not know how to tell my family about this whole affair.