Sometimes, it takes a while to figure out our vocation. I am thankful for the earnest searching a young musician has pursued in an effort to find her true calling.
A year ago in this space, I wrote a post praising Danielle Rose Skorich, a Catholic folk musician known professionally as Danielle Rose. What struck me about her music was its mix of orthodoxy and soulful folksiness. After a brief career as a musician of international renown, Danielle Rose Skorich (pictured at left) entered a Charismatic and Franciscan community near Amarillo, Texas, forsaking her musical career for a lifetime of prayer and missionary work.
In August 2008, she was accepted as a novice and received the religious name Sister Rose Therese. And that was that. Or so I thought.
What I didn’t realize when I wrote that post is that Danielle Rose had left the convent. Her updated website (which features this photograph) tells us she has determined the life of a religious is not her calling.
After more than two years of formation in the convent (it’s a six to ten-year process of discernment before final vows), Danielle came to a successful discernment with her community: the Lord was calling her to follow Him in a different way. Seeking at every turn only to heed His voice and to do His will, Danielle left the convent in November 2009.
So, what does it mean to discern a vocation? A beautiful website called Paths of Love tells us: “Love alone gives meaning to life and vocation…The Catholic Church teaches that the primary vocation of every person is the vocation to holiness, to the perfection of love.”
It takes a brave heart, a heart open to the overwhelming love God has for us, to follow His call where it leads us.