Thursday, July 16, 2009
One the biggest topic that the MoEs always talk about during the summer walk is "Vocation Discernment"! Many of us are in that stage of life where we just want to know what our vocation is. Is it to marriage? To the priesthood? To the consecrated single life? These questions are just always in the back of our minds. During the walk we encounter amazing priests and religious brothers and sisters and they show us the beauty of living the heavenly marriage with Christ on earth. They are all so beautiful that we just want to run off to be priests, brothers, or sisters so we can live such a joy-filled life. We also meet amazing loving families that trully are signs of the heavenly marriage and our hearts then desire to get married and raise children to love the Lord and Church.
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed thinking about vocations to marriage, priesthood, or single life that we forget that our first vocation is to be Holy and to love God with a humble and willing heart. If we keep our eyes on Christ He will reveal us His gift of our vocation to us.
Here's a picture of Dee with a great book we found called, Religious Vocation, An unnecessary mystery by Fr Richard Butler OP. It's a great book to read for those who might be feeling called to religious life.
Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Spirit!
MAKE US SAINTS!
Who we are?
Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.
We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.