You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.
On this weeks programme we are joined by Fr Leslie McNamara, the Diocesan Director for Vocations for Limerick Diocese.
Fr Leslie reflects on vocation and especially the vocation to the diocesan priesthood. He shares the process of discernment and training that candidates and seminarians undergo.
You can listen to the interview with Fr Leslie excerpted from the main programme HERE.
You can find out more about vocations on the Limerick diocesan website here.
- Pope Francis’ Message for Vocations Sunday 2016: ‘The Church, Mother of Vocations’
- Vocations Sunday Newsletter
- Bishop Phonsie Cullinan calls for prayers for vocations to priesthood and religious life
- Interview with Bishop Phonsie about vocations here
Gospel - John
Shepherd of my soul
Jesus said: ‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me."
This week as a diocese, we have been listening for Gods voice. One of the beautiful aspects of our Synod process was having Jessie Rogers continually draw us back from debate into discernment, from chat into silence. Before we spoke in our small groups, there was always a moments pause. From this still place we could enter into the conversation.
In our own lives we can be so busy. We squeeze God into the noise and debate of everyday life, and wonder why its hard to hear Gods will in our lives. Jessie reminded us this weekend, that in order to hear, one must listen! In order to know Gods voice, one needs to become quiet and listen.
So this weekend we pray for a listening ear, so that we can sing this hymn from our heart: Shepherd of my soul I give you full control,
Wherever You may lead I will follow.
I have made the choice to listen for Your voice,
Wherever You may lead I will go.
Be it in a quiet pasture or by a gentle stream,
The Shepherd of my soul is by my side.
Should I face a mighty mountain or a valley dark and deep,
The Shepherd of my soul will be my guide.
Other reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - psalter week 4
Saints of the Week
April 18th - Saint Laserian of Leighlin
April 19th - Saint Gerold of Saxony
April 20th - Blessed Maurice Mackenraghty
April 21st - St Anselm
April 22nd - Blessed Francis of Fabriano
April 23rd - Saint George