Vocations for Christmas
It could be a cheesy movie title, or a heart-felt prayer intention.
Vocations was a prominent feature at St. Mary’s Holiday Fair in Eugene in November. Amidst many beautiful and delicious sales displays, the vocations committee gave away discernment resources, local information, and seminarian prayer cards. They were able to promote prayer for discerners, build relationships, and invite the community to consider God’s calling in their lives.
A particular ministry of the committee is organizing the traveling vocations cross. Families are able to sign up to keep the cross at home and pray for all of the discerners, people in religious formation, and professed religious in the parish. Prayers, rosaries, and devotions are also provided with the cross. It is a tangible way to engage families in prayer, as well as promote meaningful conversations about the priesthood and religious life.
During the counter-cultural season of Advent, the Church leads us in a spirit of wonder at the incarnate Lord’s love and mercy. We quiet and simplify our hearts to focus on His presence. We give Jesus more room in order to receive more of His graces. We arrange our time and attention to build treasure in Heaven and relationship with the Lord. (The Archdiocese has particularly invited everyone to participate in the Healing the Whole Person retreat this week to prepare for the new liturgical year.)
Like St. Mary’s Parish, let us use the secular season of social interactions to talk about how God is at work in our lives. May the Lord bless us with courage and wisdom in this to be generous in spiritual works of mercy. May the Lord bless all our families, clergy, and religious with healing and renewed zeal. May the Lord bless us with faith, hope, joy, and peace through Advent.