“[Bring] my daughters from the ends of the earth everyone called by My name and created for My glory, whom I have indeed formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7
What does it mean to be Created as woman? What does it mean to be Called to the vocation of wife and mother? This 4-year formation series for mothers of young children draws women to deeply embrace the truth that they are created in the image and likeness of God as His beloved daughters and that He calls them to a specific mission not only as a wives and mothers but also as disciples to other families. Created and Called is a vocational school for family life.
Year 1 - Created to Believe: Called to Motherhood
Discover the depth of who you are as a woman and a mother and how your femininity is a gift to your family and the world. Grow in your relationship with Mary, your Blessed Mother, and receive her guidance as you mother your own children. Based on Redemptoris Mater (Mother of the Redeemer) and Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women), both by St. John Paul II.
Year 2 - Created to Love: Called to Marriage
Discover the depth and gift of marriage, experience an enriched appreciation for your husband and learn to draw on the grace you received in the sacrament of marriage. Learn how your marriage is a gift for you and your spouse, and also for your children and for the world. Create a safe loving environment in your home that models for your children the gift that marriage is. Based on the Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) by St. John Paul II.
Year 3 - Created to Know: Called to Prayer
Develop a consistent prayer life with the help of the other moms in your group. Go deeper in your relationship with God as you participate in prayer experiences on your own and with your group. Learn how to encourage each child’s relationship with God at their development level and use practical tips in your home to create an atmosphere of peace, honesty, and virtue. Based on Part Four: Christian Prayer of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Year 4 - Created to Lead: Called to Act
Learn more about the important role of the family in evangelizing and become even more convinced that your family is called to make a difference in your parish, workplace, community and beyond. Participate in spiritual and ministry activities to further strengthen you and your family’s confidence in the contribution you are called to make. Based on Christifideles Laici (The Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People) by St. John Paul II.
Sessions include a reflection on a Gospel passage and church teachings, followed by a conversation on 2-3 principles that are directly relevant to marriage, parenting, and family life, and conclude with a resolution to implement. The four years are consecutive as each builds on the previous one.