Creating a Culture of Vocations
Our good friend of the programme Sr. Louise O'Rourke PDDM (you can follow Sr. Louise on Twitter HERE, friend her on Facebook HERE and read her blog Pilgrim Progress HERE) is doing great work in promoting a culture of vocations. You may remember reading a cross-post from Sr. Louise on whether it is too late to create a culture of vocations in Ireland today (HERE). The short answer is no! But it does require the concerted effort of each one of us.
We looked at the different personal vocations that each person is called to: married and family life, priesthood, religious life and consecrated virginity (dedicated single life) and spoke briefly about how there is a vocations crisis, not so much in numbers, but in the culture that surrounds us. There seems to be a fear of commitment, not just to priesthood and religious life, but to married life and consecrated virginity too. As a society, we are almost afraid to commit to anything or anyone. As one person put it to us recently: 'we have lost the love for the long-haul.'
So how do we go about creating a culture of vocations. Well its as easy as ABC... Okay maybe not 'easy,' but there are certainly many many ways we can all encourage vocations at home, in our communities and in our dioceses, especially in our families as Sr. Louise shares with us HERE. Do you pray for vocations from your own family, parish or diocese? Do you encourage those with particular God-given gifts and talents to consider married life or priesthood or religious life or consecrated virginity. The seeds we plant today will bear fruit tomorrow. You can listen to our discussion on vocations excerpted from the programme HERE.
Gospel - Luke 10:38-42 - Mary and Martha
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 4; 16th week in ordinary time
Saints of the Week
20 July – St. Apollinaris
21 July – St. Laurence of Brindisi
22 July – St. Mary Magdalene
23 July – St. Bridget of Sweden