Called: What Happens After Saying Yes to God






Casey Cole, OFM — Book 192 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Media (2018)
ISBN: 9781632532411

Biography:

Casey Cole, OFM, is a vowed religious in the Order of Friars Minor, commonly known as the Franciscans. He has a degree in religious studies with a minor in poverty studies from Furman University. In August 2017, he professed his final vows within the Order of Friars Minor. He is in training to be ordained a priest, currently studying theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His videos and blog can be found at BreakingInTheHabit.org.

Reviews

“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.
 
“Many people are curious as to what goes into the call to a vocation. Many have heard quick responses but few have had the opportunity to hear what Brother Casey is revealing about the call. He is clear, honest and offers useful insight into this important decision regarding time spent on earth and the impact on eternity. Keep several copies on hand to share with those who may be called but need direction.” — Jeff Cavins, founder, The Great Adventure Bible Study System
 
“To live the vowed life is a daily gift; it takes belief, grit, endurance, joy, and most importantly a daily YES to a God bigger than any one can imagine. One first needs to open their heart, and let the love of God transcend the barriers and bask in the love that permeates our daily lives. There is a need to find silence and stillness of one's heart, where the beckoning can begin and then can be sustained. Each person has a vocation; there is a universal call to holiness, and Br. Casey shares his personal encounter and journey with the loving Christ in his life after his initial YES to his discernment to becoming a Franciscan friar. He lives the life that we as Franciscans would call ‘perfect joy.’  He shares stories rife with joy, turmoil, humility and most importantly, stories of his brothers who love him no matter what. He tries to live an authentic life of continual conversion—a core Franciscan value—and shares all the struggles as well as what sustains him on this life journey. Called: What Happens After Saying Yes to God will make you laugh, cry, and reflect upon what is involved in saying a daily YES to the call of God today in our Catholic Church. I encourage anyone interested in reflecting upon their own life commitment, or anyone in discernment and floundering, to find meaning in their life through this example of one man’s journey in following in the footsteps of Christ. I encourage you to read and enjoy as well as celebrate Br. Casey’s commitment as a Franciscan and his service to our church.” — Sister Sharon Dillon, S.S.J.-T.O.S.F., Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference


 

Called: What Happens After Saying Yes to God

$ 14.99


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.
 

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