A vocation to the priesthood is a special call. It is one that is embraced through discernment and a rigorous regimen of prayer and study. Only perseverance and an earnest desire to serve God and man can lead to authentic priesthood.
Not every religious vocation follows the same route. Some take longer than others to answer the call. Some are more prepared than others. The beauty of God’s love is that He is always there to meet us and guide us patiently and gently toward His mission for us.
Learning the importance of struggle and suffering is something that is largely missing in this modern culture of easy living. When we look back to Christ, we find that only by living his sacrifice can we arrive at “Jerusalem.”
We are chosen not for our worthiness, fallen creatures that we are. But because we are that blank slate, upon which the divine hand may write and impress on us his divinity in the form of his ineffable love.
On the 59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, three jubilarians – Bishop Emeritus Jose Lai, Fr Joao Lau and Fr Fausto Gomez – share the course of their own vocation to the priesthood and advise young people as to how they must prepare to answer the call and train oneself to faithfully follow the voice of God.
The Catholic Church worldwide will celebrate next Sunday as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In Macau, the annual celebration will be commemorated with a solemn Mass at Saint Lazarus’ Church and with a tribute to a dozen jubilarian priests and nuns.
Good Shepherd Sunday reminds us that we, as Catholics, must strive to take on the mantle of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, in every aspect of our lives and relationships and reflect the nurturing love of God.
Five sisters, out of six, from the same family joined the same contemplative order in Spain in only two years. Surprisingly the Spanish nuns had not talked to each other about their vocations before entering the Iesu Communio community.