TAKING THE TIME TO DO WHAT'S IMPORTANT: PRAYING BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

                                         EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

                        ADORE JESUS IN THE MONSTRANCE BLESSED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II

          PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE

                                      THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

"Prayer itself, born in Catholic families, nurtured by programs of Christian formation, strengthened by the grace of the sacraments, is the first means by which we come to know the Lord’s will for our lives. To the extent that we teach young people to pray, and to pray well, we will be cooperating with God’s call. Programs, plans and projects have their place; but 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."- Pope Benedict XVI

Spending time in the silence of Eucharistic Adoration is a wonderful way to pray for those discerning one’s vocation in life. Pray that those who are called will listen, and follow that call from the Lord- the ultimate “Fisher of Men”. Pray that our young people spend more time in His presence, and create the intimate and prayerful dialogue with Our Lord that is necessary for true discernment.

"Whatever was not planned by me was planned by God."-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

In 1998, Pope John Paul II addressed the young people gathered for the canonization of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), saying: “Your life is not an endless series of open doors! Listen to your heart! Do not stay on the surface but go to the heart of things! And when the time is right, have the courage to decide! The Lord is waiting for you to put your freedom in his good hands.”

As we adore Christ in the beautiful monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II: we lift up the young men from our diocese who have listened to their hearts and had the courage to decide. These men continue to present their hearts to the Lord as they study and discern their call to the priesthood. Our prayers become the fuel that is necessary for support and encouragement. We must place the future of our Church in the hands of the Lord.

In Jesus and Mary,

Kathy Miller and Kim Morton

Special Note: On February 19, 2011, the Holy Father was presented with the 2011 edition of the “Annuario Pontificio” or pontifical yearbook. One statistical highlight of this edition is that the number of candidates to the priesthood grew by 0.82 percent, from 117, 024 in 2008 to 117, 978 in 2009.