I hope that you all had a homily today about vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We also have a brand spanking new bulletin board in our parish vestibule with information about religious orders and the vocations poster for our diocese.
In his homily, Father mentioned the lack of support for those discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. When we are told by a young man or woman that he or she are discerning a vocation, we need to offer our prayers and support. Entry to the seminary is not a life long commitment, it is a time of discernment, as is the entry to the convent. We mustn’t discourage those who are called to labor for the harvest.
Pray, pray with all your might for laborers!
“The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call.”
â€”Pope Benedict XVI, Response to questions by the bishops of the United States in Washington, D.C., April 16, 2008