On May 23 and 24 Bishop Swain will celebrate the Ordination Rite for the Diaconate and the Priesthood respectively. On these two days two of our men will not only lay down their life for the Church but be transformed by the grace of the sacrament of Holy Orders.
There is something beautiful about being a part of something so special and profound as these two events. And yet each vocation carries with it the profound nature of the gift of self. We have all been at those weddings where we sensed something different about this couple; this ceremony. You could sense that what was most important was not the party to come, but the unity entered into. The couple allowed us to a glimpse of the glory of God as we witnessed two people laying down their lives for the other.
Each time a religious brother or sister makes their public vows we too are witnesses to the beauty of the evnagelical counsels; chasity, poverty and obedience. These vows fly in the face of our modern culture which promotes self-indulgence, materialism and disobedience. There is something beautiful about the love of the community as they welcome this new member more fully into their ranks.
At the heart of all vocations is a response to God's incredible gift of love and so when you have the opportunity to witness someone making that promise to the Church, their spouse, or their community you have the joy of sharing in the gift of God's love.
Let us all pray for a greater understanding of everyone's vocational call.
Lord give me the gift of a generous heart to follow Your will as I journey the path of life. You set before me the voctions of priesthood, diaconate, religious life, generous single life and marriage. Grant me the grace and generosity I need to answer Your call.
By offering this prayer from your heart, wherever your path leads, whatever vocation you choose, you will help build a great Church for tomorrow.
We have put the various prayer calendars for our Religious, Deacons, Priests and Seminarians on the Resource page found below. Let us keep each other in prayer.
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