Tag: vocation

Call: Homily for Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you know you have a call from God? God knows what means fulfillment.  God knows what leads to eternal happiness.  But God’s call is not an order.  It is an invitation.  God invites us to be completely ourselves.  When we do so, we are God’s image. We are just what we were created to be.

What do you do to hear God’s call? What do you do to place yourself in the presence of God? Jesus spends the night in prayer before calling the disciples.  So too must we.

Religious Brothers Day: May 1, 2017

The Brothers Think Tank has announced the first-ever Religious Brothers Day will be held May 1, 2017, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.
All religious brothers will be recognized during this national virtual event with special content hosted on yearforconsecratedlife.com.
Following the publication of the Vatican document on the “Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church,” a committee was formed to plan the celebration, which will include prayer services and tributes to jubilarian brothers from lay and mixed communities and institutes of apostolic life, as well as other activities that are in the works.
A prayer card was commissioned specifically for this celebration and focuses on the vocation of brothers—a gift given by God, received by the brothers, and shared with others.

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Priorities: Homily for Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Readings for Today

Priorities.  Living a good life means choosing the right priorities.  What is important to you? What activities matter to you? What people matter to you? What choices do you make about how you live your life? What choices do you make about which people get your time, your care, your concern?  Today’s gospel especially focusses on priorities and making those choices that matter for ultimate and eternal happiness.

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.  This line of the gospel makes it clear.  If your vocation is married life, then you seek the Kingdom of God in a way that makes you the best father, the best husband, the best mother, the best wife.  You make decisions based upon bringing yourself and those around you to Jesus.  You recognize that nothing is more important than living your life for Christ.

This is really what life is all about.  Yet, how often do we seek other things? How often do we seek Netflix, or social media, or games? How often do we first seek job and career success, money, success and wealth? How often do we seek to satisfy sexual desires, not as intended by God, but in pornography?  How often do we seek security for our family by working so hard we never see them?  How often is our quest first our smart phone, and not the people we find ourselves with?

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.  As we stand on the cusp of Lent, this is a good time to think about priorities.  This is a good time to consider exactly what is important.  This is the time when we ask ourselves if we are seeking God and his kingdom first, which causes us to value all of the right people and goals, or whether we allow ourselves to seek something far less.

Being Chosen and Making Choices: Homily for Friday, January 20, 2017

Being Chosen and Making Choices. It is interesting how the civil events of Today, the Inauguration of a new President, Donald Trump, and the reading from the gospel seem to interconnect. Today’s gospel is about being chosen, as Jesus chooses those who will work with him in proclaiming the Good News, and preaching the Kingdom of God. Just as the disciples were chosen by Jesus for a very important mission, and Donald Trump was chosen by the process of our Consitution, we too have been chosen by the Lord Jesus for something pretty important as well. As people who have been chosen, we also make choices. And if we are chosen, it is quite important to recognize that our choices are made from the choice God made in us. We are chosen. We are chosen by God who know us much better than anyone. God knows us better than we know ourselves. We pray today that in being chosen by God, God may guide our choices, so that they are consistent with the will of God.

Homily for Sunday, February 7, 2016

It is easy to forget that so much of our relationship with God is not dependent upon us. All we need to do is to place ourselves in the presence of God. By doing so, we both lose those sins and shortcomings that keep us from being the person God has created us to be, and we are able to be sent forth for the mission that God gives to only us. As we move into the season of Lent this Wednesday, let us place ourselves in God’s presence to receive the powerful and life-changing love of God.

Homily for Monday, August 31, 2015

Do you ever think of the most important day of your life? What is it? How would you describe it? And why would you suggest it is the most important day of your life? What is it about that day that causes it to rise above the others?

Certainly, on the one hand, we could look at the day we were born as such a date. Maybe it is even the day we were conceived. Without these events, our lives would be quite different, or would not even exist. But for me, when I think about such a date, I think about the day of my baptism. Like many Catholics, I do not remember my baptism, since I was only a couple of months old. But my spiritual life was profoundly changed on that day. I was born into new life, and it was because of this event, that my vocation came into view.

Two very important things happened when I was baptized. First, the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon me. Second, I was anointed. And those events made everything make sense in my life. Such may also be the same for you. You too may have been baptized, and you too received the Spirit and were anointed. You were given the great life of vocation.

Homily for Thursday, April 30, 2015

“If one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” Do you ever see yourself as one being called to give a word of exhortation? Do you take seriously the obligation of baptism that we share, explain and at times defend the faith? Or, in the midst of conflict, do you see that as something left to others, like bishops or priests? Catholics do not have a deep and long history of seeing themselves as proclaimers of the Word. We have more of a tradition of remaining quiet, perhaps because of a long memory that we really did not need to worry about it. People came to the Church.

Homily for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I do not know if you have ever thought of yourself as “set apart”, but today’s first reading made me think of the ways in which God describes the people of God. We are described as a people “set apart”. So while today it is the fact that Barnabas and Mark are set apart for a mission, the real truth is that each one of us, because of our baptism, has been set apart for some higher purpose. Our vocation, whatever it is, is the reality that each of us has been “set apart” for some particular purpose that God will use for the best.

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