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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
New Irish Dominican Website and Blog
When you get a chance, stop by the Irish Dominicans Vocations blog and Website. I don't know how many visitors I get from Ireland, but I'll do what I can to help promote vocations in the land of my ancestors. By all accounts (that I have read or heard, particularly from the CFR's) Catholicism is having a hard go of it on the Emerald Isle. Sounds like the country will soon be ripe for conversions and vocations to me. I mean come on, if France can have an explosion of tradiotional vocations, I know the same can happen in Ireland!
"Prayer itself, born in Catholic families, nurtured by programs of Christian formation, strengthened by the grace of the sacraments, is the first means by which we come to know the Lord’s will for our lives. To the extent that we teach young people to pray, and to pray well, we will be cooperating with God’s call. Programs, plans and projects have their place; but the discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call." Pope Benedict XVI
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Cure of Ars Prayer Group Diocese of Raleigh (click on image)
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. 'Ah, Lord God!' I said, 'I know not how to speak; I am too young.' But the Lord answered me, Say not, 'I am too young.' To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord." ~Jer 1:5-8
"All this serves as a reminder that God calls you to be saints, and that sanctity is the secret of real success in your priestly ministry. From this moment on, sanctity must be the final goal of all your choices and decisions. Entrust this desire and this daily commitment to Mary, Mother of Trust".
Pope Benedict XVI
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
“The pastoral care of vocations needs to involve the entire Christian community in every area of its life. Obviously, this pastoral work on all levels also includes exploring the matter with families, which are often indifferent or even opposed to the idea of a priestly vocation. Families should generously embrace the gift of life and bring up their children to be open to doing God's will. In a word, they must have the courage to set before young people the radical decision to follow Christ, showing them how deeply rewarding it is.”
Pope Benedict XVI
(Sacramentum Caritatis, 25)