Posts Tagged ‘Vocation’

A Listening Church and Helping Young People in Vocational Discernment

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The Church of Washington rejoices today with the ordination of four men as transitional deacons.  While they will now enter into their final year of seminary formation, their pathway to ordination did not begin with their entrance into the seminary.  Their spiritual journey began with their first personal contact with Christ through the sacraments of […] [Read more]

Saints in the Making

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

We are all called to be saints – to be holy. As Saint Paul said to the Church in Thessalonica, “This is the will of God – your holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Jesus himself issued the call in his Sermon on the Mount. He was addressing the crowd when he said, “So be perfect, just […] [Read more]

The Year of Consecrated Life

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of Consecrated Life, which began this past Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. Some might wonder why the Holy Father is calling the Church to observe this year in conjunction with the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Perhaps Pope Francis wants us to meditate more deeply on the […] [Read more]

The Fundamental Vocation of the Family

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

One of the most well-known and often repeated statements of Saint John Paul II – “The future of humanity passes by way of the family” – rings as true today as when he wrote it in 1981 in the conclusion of his apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World, 86). That […] [Read more]

Newly Ordained Priests Will Continue Legacy of “Manifesting the Kingdom”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

For 2,000 years, priests in every generation have taken up the call that Jesus made to his Apostles – the first priests – at the Last Supper: “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19).  Every time they celebrate the Eucharist and preach the Gospel, and each time they administer the sacraments, priests make Jesus […] [Read more]

Love and the Priesthood

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Last Saturday, it was my great joy to dedicate and bless a new wing at Blessed John Paul II Seminary – so vibrant is the life of faith in our local Church that we need more room.  Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, giving thanks to God for the […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ and the Vocation of the Human Person

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Valentine’s Day blog took up the topic of small acts of love that are integral to happy family life.  The reason they are so important is that they foster growth in love, preparing us for those greater acts of self-sacrifice that are needed when a family faces difficult circumstances such as a serious illness […] [Read more]

Loving God and Others in Religious and Consecrated Life

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Jesus taught that every one is obliged to love God and his neighbor in the faithful observance of the commandments.  Indeed, the entirety of the Law can be summed up in this one word – “love” (Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 10:25-28).  Similarly, Blessed Pope John Paul II confirmed that love “is the fundamental and innate vocation […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph and the Vocation of the Pope and All Men to Fatherhood

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

With the election of the new Pope, whose Mass of Inauguration we celebrate today in Rome, the role of Peter continues in the Church in the ministry of his successor, our Holy Father Pope Francis.  It seems particularly appropriate that this inaugural Mass would take place on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph who was declared […] [Read more]

Presentation of the Lord – World Day of Consecrated Life

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Before His Passion, Jesus said, “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46).  And so it is that during the Easter Vigil, in the darkness of night, the celebrating priest lights the paschal candle, saying, “May the light of Christ rising in […] [Read more]