PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE

ADORE JESUS IN THE MONSTRANCE BLESSED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II ON THURSDAY, MAY 12 FROM 8:30-7:00 P.M.

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE.

 “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”- Mother Teresa

As adorers of Christ, we are blessed with the privilege to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The ten seminarians in our diocese can only benefit from our prayers, so let us be generous with our time before the Lord in His Real Presence. Also, please continue to pray for those called to the consecrated life, for as Blessed Pope John Paul II points out: it is a vocation that mirrors Christ’s own way of life.

What is a priest “A man who holds the place of God - a man who is invested with all the powers of God. 'Go,' said Our Lord to the priest; 'as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations. He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises you despises Me.' When the priest remits sins, he does not say, 'God pardons you'; he says, 'I absolve you.' At the Consecration, he does not say, 'This is the Body of Our Lord;' he says, 'This is My Body.' If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest - always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest."-St. John Vianney

“As a way of showing forth the Church's holiness, it is to be recognized that the consecrated life, which mirrors Christ's own way of life, has an objective superiority. Precisely for this reason, it is an especially rich manifestation of Gospel values and a more complete expression of the Church's purpose, which is the sanctification of humanity. The consecrated life proclaims and in a certain way anticipates the future age, when the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven, already present in its first fruits and in mystery,[62] will be achieved and when the children of the resurrection will take neither wife nor husband, but will be like the angels of God (cf. Mt. 22:30)”-Blessed Pope John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, no.32

To learn more about vocations visit the diocesan website at http://www.dcgary.org/vocations-understanding.htm

In Jesus and Mary,

Kathy Miller