April 9-10, 2016

Next Sunday, April 17 is the World Day of Prayer for vocations. I invite you to join me in praying, not so much for vocations, because they are already present in peoples' lives, but for a spirit of generous response to these vocations. God's call for special service in the church has never harmonized well with the spirit of the world.

Especially in our day, young people receive messages, sometimes not very subtle, that a life given to serve God is a thing of the past. Pray that those whom God is calling may have a willingness to at least try and explore the possibilities. Our Sunday masses will be focused on praying for vocations, but may I ask you this week to pray personally for vocations, and if you know someone who is seeking how to serve God in this way, please pray for him or her.