Posts Tagged 'Priesthood'


In today’s Gospel we are reminded that St. Mary Madgalene was looking for the dead body of her Lord, Jesus Christ. She never found it. Instead, she first heard his voice, but didn’t recognize it. When he called her by name, “Mary,” she recognized the voice of her Teacher (“Rabboni!”) and Lord. When she looked up, she saw her risen, LIVING Lord.

Look deep within your heart. In the darkness of the unknown in discerning God’s will for your life, listen for the Lord’s voice. Pray that you hear the voice of the Lord call you by name, that you may acknowledge him as your LIVING Lord, who lives within you and (just as for St. Mary Magdalene) turns your darkness into light, and your tears into joy.

“I will be with you”

In yesterday’s liturgy (EX 3:1-6, 9-12), we read of Moses who stood in the presence of God, before the burning bush . Moses was afraid and didn’t understand what God was asking of him. Sometimes we don’t know to what God is calling us, but he simply wants our availability, “Here I am, Lord.”

I suppose its like being “Open 24 hours” – being ready to do the will of God always, trusting that even though we may not “know the way” (JN 14:4-5) or think we can accomplish what God is asking, he will help us do his will. The Lord won’t abandon us to fulfill his will, for “I will be with you (EX 3:12),” says the Lord.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus

For as long as I can remember, the Sacred Heart has been a part of my life. When I was growing up (even though I didn’t notice this until I had come back home to visit as an adult), there was a framed image of the Consecration of the Family to the Sacred Heart in a very prominent place in my house. I was educated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at a high school named Cor Jesu. I joined a community whose charism is entwined with Sacred Heart devotion. And I have uttered the phrase “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you” more times than I think would be countable if they had been recorded. Certainly, the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been near and dear to me for the entirety of my life.

But what, exactly, is the Sacred Heart? Probably artistic images come to mind…or prayers…or even a vague sense of the love God has for each of us. I was having a conversation yesterday with a few people about what their understanding is of the “Sacred Heart,” and our discussion was relatively profound, I think. One person described the Sacred Heart as fire…that which enkindles, inflames, and ignites us into loving action. Someone else described the Sacred Heart as the image that in itself contains all the love of God and all the pain He endured out of love for us, and the mysterious unity of those two realities: love and pain.

What is the Sacred Heart for you? Or, more accurately: who is the Sacred Heart for you? Today, we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May the love of His Heart reach out to you, reach out through you, and be a blessing for all.

“A Great Time to Be a Priest”

Friends, if you are considering God’s call to the priesthood and haven’t read this blog post by Fr. Robert Barron, take a moment, now. Despite what popular media might tell you, it’s a great time to be a priest!

Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations

Dear Friends,

I was just looking through the USCCB site for quotes or information on the saint we celebrate today, St. Justin Martyr, and came across this wonderful page, A Holy Hour for Vocations. In this Holy Hour format a reflection on the Eucharist by St. Justin Martyr is offered for our reflection, “[This Eucharist] has been blessed by the word of prayer instituted by Him, and from it our flesh and blood by assimilation are nourished. This, we are taught, is both the flesh and blood of Jesus incarnate.”

Jesus incarnate is the giver of every vocation. May he bless all those called to the priesthood or consecrated life!


Today we celebrate the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’ (Luke 1:41-42)”

Elizabeth recognized the arrival her cousin, Mary, immediately, not only by the joyful sound of Mary’s voice in her ears, but also by the movements of the Holy Spirit in her and in the child in her womb. How much we can learn from Elizabeth and Mary in this passage for the discernment of our vocation! Discerning our vocation is like listening for the Lord’s call in our hearts. It may not be an audable voice we hear with our ears, but a voice we hear in our hearts. Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting with her ears, but more importantly it moved her deeply in her heart. Its important to be attentive to our interior response to God’s voice in our hearts, asking ourselves, “Am I responding to his call?” “Am I ignoring his voice?” “Am I welcoming his presence in my life?” Its important, too, to consider the encouragement we receive from others to respond to God’s voice. Mary certainly was that to Elizabeth!

In the Church there are many women’s religious communities that are named after this mystery of the Visitation and bring Christ’s love to those they meet. Let us pray for these religious communities, and ask Our Lord to help us bring His love to others today.

Pope Benedict’s 60th Annivesary of Ordination

Prayer for Priests prayer card

Dear Friends,

Pope Benedict will be celebrating his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination on June 29th this year! Dioceses and parishes across the world are planning to pray 60 hours of Eucharistic Adoration for the intention of the sanctification of the priesthood and for new and holy vocations to the priesthood. Read more here, and enjoy a prayer card that was made to use for this intention (but can be used any time of the year, too!).

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