A Priestly Calling from a Father’s Perspective
November 9th, 2011 by vocations

There have been many times throughout my time in the Vocation Office when I have heard and even referred to the Domestic Church (CCC 1655-58) in encouraging parents and parishes to build up the faith lives of families. It wasn’t until recently, when I attended the NCDVD Convention, that this truly became personal.

I watched as young priests met fellow young priests from across the nation and shared what is working for them and what they need help with and all the while I was able to sit back and think, what does this all mean for me as a husband and father.

…The realization is that almost everything that was being taught in those workshops and applied to the priesthood in those homilies was also very personally applicable to my life…because I am a FATHER!

It is a very special vocation for a man to be called to the married life and to be entrusted with raising God’s children and I learned in a moment that week, that this vocation is truly, intimately linked to the priesthood. Go here to read the rest>>>>

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A Tile in the Mosaic of Holiness History
April 15th, 2011 by vocations

With a tip of the hat to Rich Leonardi for regularly pointing us to the wisdom of our Holy Father, my latest article over at Catholic Lane looks a little deeper into Pope Benedict’s choice of words in giving us three simple rules for living our universal call to holiness.

These simple rules are as basic as they are compelling as they are difficult! The first rule, to experience Christ in the Eucharist every Sunday could have easily been worded, “Go to Mass on all Sundays,” and yet that doesn’t cut it for the Pope. As Catholics, we truly have the opportunity to receive Christ in our bodies every single time we attend Mass, but it is our openness to truly experiencing him and his passion, death and resurrection and all that His life entails that will open the doors to the grace hidden in the form of bread and wine on the altar. We need to EXPERIENCE Christ in the Eucharist, not just receive or see Him. An experience is something that sticks with us and, as the pope suggests, helps to mold us!

The other rules are much the same. (Read the rest —>)

Read Pope Benedict’s words here.

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My Soul Proclaims
March 21st, 2011 by vocations

New to the interwebs is a site that is providing a web-based apostolate whose mission is to promote and share the joy found in all vocations through the personal testimony of those who are living them out. can also be found on YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr.

The site just launched on February 11th, so keep an eye on the site for more videos. This looks like a fantastic project!

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