Come and Follow

The next vocation story could be yours…
by Fr. David Farrugia, O.P.
 
Jesus Christ came to show us the way to the Kingdom. While on earth, He called some people to share in his mission  and gave them the
command to go to the whole world and proclaim the good news of the gospel.  When Jesus ascended to his Father, He left the “Baby Church” in the hands of his apostles. The apostles commissioned others to continue this mission. As we can see, from the early beginning there has been a Call to the Ministry, and this is still going on, for Jesus expects the Church to keep representing Him till the end of
time. All Christians have the privilege and the obligation to put Christ’s wish into practice. By virtue of our baptism, we inherited this thrust. St. Paul says.” I have no choice, but to preach, to promote the gospel of Jesus, and I am doomed if I fail to do it”.
 
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Did you ever think that you might have a vocation to follow Christ more closely as a religious, as a priest or as a deacon?
This special call is a gift which is sustained  only by honestly cooperating with your God. A vocation to God’s service is more than just a job, it is a life dedicated to Jesus and to God’s people. A vocation involves a ‘Call and a Response’. Many are afraid or escape saying “Yes”. Remember your “Yes” could be the greatest “Yes” of your life. A vocation , of course, is a life of challenge, of generosity and of
service, but you will never regret your “Yes” to God, for it brings a rewarding life. “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”
 
Pray about it, talk to one of the priests or to a religious sister. Discuss and share your desire to serve Jesus as a religious, as a priest, or a deacon. Older people, are you looking for a second career, are you being called ? There are four seminaries in the U.S serving older vocations.Religious communities will welcome you too!
 
Dominican vocations:
The Dominican family comprises the Friars, the Nuns, the Sisters and the lay people all working together in the Spirit of ST. Dominic, the founder.  Lay  Dominicans are moved by the Holy Spirit to lead their lives according to the spirit and charism of Dominic. They participate in the apostolic mission of the Dominican Order through prayer, study and preaching according to the state of the laity. They give witness to the Faith and strive to serve the Truth; they are moved in a special way to show compassion to all in distress, to defend liberty and to promote peace and justice. (The Rule). If you are interested in serving Christ in the spirit of Dominic and of Catherine of Siena, see one of the Dominicans or attend one of the
. ” Come and Follow.”

Prayer:

God, you give us strength from the courage of Christ our shepherd. Attune our minds to the sound of his voice, lead our steps
in the path he has shown, that we may know the strength of his outstretched arm and enjoy the light  of your presence for ever. Amen.

  God bless you and yours.

  Fr. David