Tuesday, August 25, 2009
However I think it is important that younger vocations be fostered as well. I also firmly believe that it is our Catholic youth that will play a major role in revitalizing our Church.
Over the last month or so I have heard more stories of teens discerning vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life. This is so refreshing to hear. I admire their courage in taking these holy nudges into consideration. One such young man is a 15 year old named John whose blog I have enjoyed following. Please take some time to visit his blog, Writings of a Boy Discerning God's Call.
The other instance I came across was in an article from the Catholic Herald posted at Catholic Online. It tells of a Kenosha, Wisconsin parish where the associate pastor and youth minister have set up a discernment group for teens. The article mentions a 16 year old discerning his call to the priesthood. You can read the full article here.
In this Year For Priests, let us pray not only for our current priests and seminarians, but also for those young men who may become our future priests.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.