Sunday, 15 May 2011

Live life to the full

Today is Vocations Sunday, and many Oscotians have gone out to parishes - some close, some far away! - to speak to their congregations about vocations, specifically, to the priesthood.

Needless to say, the house is significantly depleted. The remnant shall be assisting and serving Mass at St Chad's Cathedral this morning.

St Chad's Basilica in Birmingham

On May bank holiday, several of the seminarians were able to travel to Walsingham for the diocesan pilgrimage, on the translated solemnity of St George. It was our Easter holiday, so we travelled with our parishes or families. 

Bishop Michael's latest published update reads:

Our Diocesan Theme for this year has been not only, ‘Proclaim the Good News’, but also ‘Make Disciples of All Nations’. To do so requires real courage, especially when, like the first Christians at Pentecost, we have to leave our own ‘Upper Room’ and go out into the market place, well beyond our comfort zone.
We can only do this effectively if we stay close to Christ like the vine and the branches which was the Gospel passage at the Pilgrimage. We were also reminded in the book of Revelation that day, that Victory and Empire belong to Christ alone, and that only he can give us the strength and courage that we need.
We hear him say personally to each of us; ‘Courage, do not be afraid, I am with you always, to the end of time.’

We need to pray for courage in all the things we do and decisions we make in life, and in bearing the crosses we are given to bear, as Christ left us an example, that we should follow in his steps. 

On this Vocations Sunday, we should ask, out of love, what the Lord wants us to do, and ask for the strength and courage to do it.

The Good Shepherd

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