This provides a link to a brief (7 minutes only) interview with Father Lawrence Jones, a priest who served in the North East of England, who describes in clear and simple terms what is expected of a Diocesan priest, and why he found being a priest so satisfying and satisfactory. https://youtu.be/LvEUkQMipnw
Happy Easter to all viewers of this Facebook page. May we continue to recognise our Lord and Saviour in the Breaking of Bread.
As we rejoice anew that Christ is risen indeed, we give thanks for the liturgies of Holy Week, whose prayerful preparation and celebration have nurtured our faith and hope. It is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of the priesthood in the expression of our faith, and the need that we have for more priests. In the Easter seaso...n, the Fourth Sunday (7th May) is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, because the Gospel that day focuses on some aspect of the metaphors by which Christ is known as the Good Shepherd and/or the Gate of the Sheepfold.
This is a Day of Prayer throughout New Zealand for Vocations to the Priesthood. Parishes are encouraged to include in their Intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful, aspects that are relevant to the Vocations theme.
It is not easy doing the will of God. May be if it is easy then it probably isn’t the will of God.
Men discerning their vocation need to have the same love as God the Father which is not selfish but willing to make sacrifices.
Let us be brave and go into the wilderness, hopefully to be tempted to discover what the Lord is calling us to be, rather than doing nothing.
Jesus never stops teaching us and inviting us to follow him in a particular vocation. Our responsibility is to listen and to respond generously, willingly and openly.
Men discerning their calling need to have the same generosity as these two sets of brothers had - to be able to let go and be free to follow Jesus where he is calling us to be.
Jesus asks the two disciples of John the Baptist “What do you want?” This is the question every man discerning his vocation needs to ask and hopefully his answer is, I want to do the will of God and follow Jesus.
God can perform wonderful miracles and make impossible things happen.
Annual retreat for the Hamilton Diocese for men discerning their vocation is being held at Ngakuru.
Advent is a time for us to make space for Jesus in our busy lives.
Men discerning their vocation need to be awake and not asleep.
Let us be like Zacchaeus today and allow the Lord Jesus in to our homes and our hearts.
Our talents are to be used, shared and to give glory to God the talent giver.
Bishop Denis Brown said in his homily “that we need many more Dannys.”
It is a brave thing and does take courage to consider a Priestly vocation.