Today we are all encouraged to pray for Vocations to the Religious Life and to the Priesthood.

I was greatly encouraged by Mother Teresa’s attitude to vocations to her newly established Missionaries of Charity.  In the early days of this new Religious Congregation, Mother Teresa used to say ‘I keep on telling Mary, mother of Jesus, “I have no children” just as she told Jesus “They have no wine”.  I put my trust in her heart.  She is sure to give me in her own way’.

We know today how well placed Mother Teresa’s trust was.

My suggestion than is that we bombard Mary with prayer for vocations.

I am especially grateful that this weekend we are able to introduce two candidates for the Redemptorist way of life: Pierre Lenoir and Sixtus Osuagwu.  They are beginning their vocational journey with us and I am sure you will keep them in your prayers.

We have become used to the TIME TALENT TREASURE approach to parish involvement.  It is significant that it is very difficult to remember when a member of the parish entered Religious Life or was ordained Priest.   Does God ignore Bergvliet in this matter?

To respond to a vocational call to Religious Life or Priesthood is to hand over in joy all one’s time, all one’s talent and all one’s treasure –and for keeps!

May the Lord’s gentle call be heard in many hearts so that those in greatest need will have the witness of lives radically given to God.

We may have very little wine but we have trust in prayer, especially through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual help.

Fr Sean Wales, C.Ss.R.

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