08 – 15 August 2010 is National Vocations Awareness Week and we take the time to reflect on the ‘call to holiness’.
So often when we hear the word ‘vocation’, we tend to think of vocations to Priesthood or Religious Life, but every single Christian is called by virtue of our Baptism; every one of us has a ‘vocation’ or special mission from the Lord according to our particular state of life.
As we pray for vocations, we want to encourage people to reflect on the dignity of Marriage and the beauty of living together in a Christian family.
Single life has its special place and circumstances and is also an avenue of grace, an opportunity for service. And of course, we want to encourage more people to take seriously the possibility that God is calling them to the Priesthood and/or Religious life. The important thing for all of us is a commitment to serve, to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.
It is now over a year since Australia celebrated World Youth Day 2008. You may wish to recall the experience through the song Receive the Power. The words of this moving song can also be shared with your group.
At World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Pope Benedict XVI said that:
“Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him.
A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.”
(Extract from the Wollongong Diocese website)
The above text is from the Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia website. You can download this document and more great vocation resources, including music, slideshow presentations and prayer cards, from their National Vocation Awareness Week 2010 web page.