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Fostering Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life – Are You Ready to Do Your Part?

A true vocation is nothing other than the firm and constant will possessed by the person called, to want to serve God in the manner and in the place where the Divine Majesty calls. This is the best mark one could have to know when a vocation is true” – St. Francis de Sales in the Spiritual Conferences

A vocation is, as you well know, Venerable Brothers, not established so much by some inner inducement of conscience and sensible feeling, which may sometimes be absent, but rather by the right aim and intention in those who desire the priesthood, together with those physical qualities and spiritual virtues which make them suitable for embracing this state of life.” – Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Ad Catholici Sacerdotii.

Becoming a disciple of Jesus means accepting the invitation to belong to God’s family, to live in conformity with His way of life: ‘For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.’

Parents should welcome and respect with joy and thanksgiving the Lord’s call to one of their children to follow him in virginity for the sake of the Kingdom in the consecrated life or in priestly ministry.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2233

By: Fr. Richard Butler O.P.
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Most likely all of us could use a refresher course with regards to the Church teaching on “The Family in God’s Plan” Get out the Catechism and read citations 2201 through 2233 to get up to speed on this critically important subject.

Why not become involved in your local Serra Club and help foster vocations in your area?

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