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hey everyone this is an event to benefit the precious niece of some good friends of mine here in Rockford. Please come on by if you are free on March 23rd! Last week: 4 miles, tons of pain, and a tongue hanging out of my mouth. Today: 5 miles, less pain, and a smile on my face! It gets easier as we push through and as we refuse to give up (I wanted to stop after 2 miles today!). This same thing is true with prayer and the spiritual life. It may be hard at first, but if we keep at it we'll end up with a smile on our faces! Keep working hard all you future saints!!! One year ago today Msgr. Deutsch and I woke up and had Mass at St. Bridget's and then proceeded to head to the Chancery for our first day on the job as Vocation Director and Vicar for Clergy. It is amazing to see what the Lord has done over the past year. Of course there were challenges and it was difficult to leave such a loving community at Holy Cross (which I still pray for constantly!), but the people of St. Bridget's welcomed us with open ...
A Call To Priesthood
Those who are called to the priesthood or consecrated life can welcome the seed of vocation that God has placed in their hearts with a generous openness.
Drawing them to follow Christ with an undivided heart, the Father invites them to be Joyful and free apostles of the kingdom. In the generous response to the invitation they will find that true happiness for which their heart is longing.
Within the framework of this universal call, Christ, the High Priest, in his solicitude for the Church calls persons in every generation who are to care for his people. In particular, he calls to the ministerial priesthood men who are to exercise a fatherly role, the source of which is within the very fatherhood of God (cfr Eph 3,14).
The mission of the priest in the Church is irreplaceable. Therefore, even if in some regions there is a scarcity of clergy, it should never be doubted that Christ continues to raise up men who, like the Apostles, leaving behind all other work, dedicate themselves completely to the celebration of the sacred mysteries, to the preaching of the Gospel and to pastoral ministry.
Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 43rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son's Kingdom as priests, deacons, religious, and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help us respond generously and courageously to your call.
May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Commit to asking Jesus for vocations to priestly and consecrated life.
"It would be good... to organize an "invisible monastery" in which many persons, day and night, are committed to continuous prayer for priestly vocations."
~ From the Holy See's Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry, March 2012
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Faith Enrichment Day - March 8, 2014
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The Hour That Makes My Day
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
A selection from A Treasure in Clay, the autobiography of Archbishop Sheen.
On the day of my Ordination, I made two resolutions:
1. I would offer the Holy Eucharist every Saturday in honor of the Blessed Mother to solicit her protection on my priesthood. The Epistle to the Hebrews bids the priest offer sacrifices not only for others, but also for himself, since his sins are greater because of the dignity of the office.
2. I resolved also to spend a continuous Holy Hour every day in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
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Pope Benedict on the Priest's Mission to Sanctify
"Every priest is a necessary instrument of the salvific action of God"
Posted by Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. on May 07, 2010
At Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI reprised his catechesis on the tria munera Christi--the three priestly offices of Christ. His purpose in this series is to examine how the Church's pastors share in and exercise these offices, or tasks, in virtue of their reception of Holy Orders. A few weeks ago, the Holy Father focused on the first of these offices, the munus docendi, the teaching office of Christ, which the Church's bishops and priests exercise through their preaching and teaching. This week he dwelt on the second, the munus sanctificandi, Christ's work of sanctification--of making men saints--which pastors exercise above all by celebrating the sacraments.
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