Posts filed under: mission

How do you go about discerning married life or priesthood? - Anonymous

The shortest questions sometimes require the longest answers! So here’s a link to a pretty complete one written by a very wise priest.

I also answer questions on vocations at the Vocation Questions tumblr along with Christiane Esser, so feel free to message us there any time with your follow-up questions about your own personal situation. The askbox isn’t always open here :-( but it always is there. :-)

May God bless you abundantly!

- Father Shane

Some footage from the Manhattan street missions where I spent much of Holy Week. These are youth missionaries carrying a life-sized cross from Columbus Circle through Times Square to Soho on Good Friday. (I was up in Westchester that day.)

So many amazing things going on all over the world during Holy Week! God is good.

Don’t tell me you’ve never thought of being a missionary

She is out there somewhere — a young, adventurous girl who always seems to land right in the middle of an unbelievable adventure. Today she’s in Port-au-Prince, the poverty stricken but stunningly beautiful capital of Haiti. She wakes up and breathes deeply of the Caribbean air and feels the warm sun. She is ready for today’s adventure – serving as God’s missionary.

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Having been urged to post a little bit of last weekend’s retreat online, I resisted for a while, but anyway here you go.

This is just an 11-minute fragment talking about heaven and why we should think about more often than we do. The retreat was for 75 seminarians, as you’ll be able to tell.

Just in case you needed more preaching in your Sunday… :-)

Three reasons to pray for the missions this Sunday

The Church therefore has one inescapable task: to lift up Christ. When she seeks to lift herself up she becomes weak, but when she acknowledges her own weakness and proclaims her Lord, she is strong.

— Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. (via catholicanswers)

Parishes do not exist to perpetuate the status quo. Their mission is to transform us, to make us holy people who have accepted Christ’s mandate: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

— Archbishop Robert Carlson (St. Louis)

Quote of the Month

I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has; whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man, God knows me and calls me by my name. 

God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. 

I have my mission — I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next… 

Somehow I am necessary for his purposes, as necessary in my place as an archangel in his — if indeed, I fail, he can raise another, as he could make the stones children of Abraham. 

Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. 

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling. 

Therefore I will trust him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.

Blessed John Cardinal Newman

Before there were houses in this land, there were altars.

— Archbishop Jose Gomez (Los Angeles)

One Last Chance to Believe! by Extra Medium on Flickr.

To proclaim Jesus Christ the only Savior of the world seems more complex today than in the past; but our task remains the same as at the dawn of our history. The mission has not changed, just as the enthusiasm and the courage that moved the Apostles and the first disciples must not change.

— Pope Benedict XVI (May 30, 2011)

Images from an awesome mission to Haiti organized earlier this month by LifeTeen and MWTS. Makes you wish you could have been there! Love the smiles.

God is good, and he works through good people.  h/t lynnwehner

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