"When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, 'Samuel, Samuel!' Samuel answered, 'Speak, for your servant is listening.' Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect."
1 Sam 1:9b-10, 19
Vocations, the Culture of Death, and the Crisis of Faith
This Sunday was an important one in two ways. The Diocese of Manchester held the annual Seminarian Collection in order to raise the funds to educate the men in our diocese studying for the priesthood, and this week on January 22nd is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. where more than 500,000 people descend upon the nation's capitol in order to pray for an end to abortion and the culture of death that so plagues us.
There is, it seems, a vocations crisis in the Church. Fewer men being ordained as priests, fewer Catholics getting married, fewer men and women entering religious life; and the culture of death only seems to be growing. I think that these two problems are linked. They have the same root and the same solution. The root — a crisis of faith, the solution — intentional discipleship.
For 42 years our country has been perpetrating a genocide against the most vulnerable among us, the unborn, under the guise of "privacy." MILLIONS of innocent lives snuffed out, millions of women scarred and wounded, and millions of men shirking their duty as fathers, all under the false understanding that "a woman can do what she wants with her body." I don't know about you, but in biology class I learned that humans only have one heart, two legs, two arms, and one brain, so how an unborn child with unique DNA and a distinct body can be considered part of the woman's body I don't know.
It seems that there are some good things happening in regard to priestly vocations in the Diocese of Manchester. We have 9 men studying for the priesthood in our diocese, and just a few weeks ago at a gathering with the Bishop there were over fifty young men present who were discerning a vocation to the priesthood in our diocese, FOUR OF THEM FROM OUR PARISH! Here is the flyer for the special collection.
FULFILL THE MISSION: BE A DISCIPLE AND MAKE DISCIPLES!
- Fr. Jeff