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Religious Vocations

 

I am studying for my post-master’s certificate in Dogmatic Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. I only take one class a semester so it took me a looooong time to get my master’s degree (and it will take me just as long to get my post-master’s).

Even though I only take night classes, I love the atmosphere and culture at Holy Apostles. The grounds are peaceful, the chapel is beautiful and lay students have the opportunity to study along with seminarians and religious sisters from all over the world.

During my years of study, it was amazing to see the progression of the seminarians as they studied philosophy, theology, were ordained deacons, graduated and then were ordained to the priesthood. What a privilege to share this time with them.

Over the years I took courses on the Blessed Trinity, Scripture, American Church History and just this past semester I took a course on the Spirituality of John Paul II. Maybe I’m a Theology nerd, but I looked forward to going to class every week. It was exciting to take part in the lively class discussions that would continue even after the class was finished.

Over the years I have had numerous discussions with my professors and classmates about how to discern God’s will and how to truly know what God is asking us to do? No matter who I speak with, the answer is always prayer.

This Sunday the Church is celebrating World Day of Prayer for Vocations. I had the opportunity to sit down with Deacon Joshua Caswell and Deacon Nathan Caswell from the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius who are being ordained to the priesthood this month. We talked about why it is important to pray for vocations, how to hear God’s call and what we need to do to follow His will every day of our lives.

Pope Francis said, “Dear lay faithful, be close to your priests with affection and with your prayers, that they may always be shepherds according to God’s heart.”

So let’s pray for all priests and seminarians (especially those who are about to be ordained to the priesthood) that they may be always ready to joyfully follow God’s will.

 

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1 Comment

  1. James-404829 May 11, 2014

    Since these men are Augustinian Canons, I shall provide the source material. It is Exposition of Psalm 149 (of the Vuglate), paragraph 6. Father Augustine tells us that by attending to sporting events we become enamored with athletes and this is manifested in our false shouting (false jubilation) given over to them. If we look to Tertullian, he calls this false jubilation madness. Because it is a fanaticism, the worldliness, especially, of professional sports is opposed to the true shouting (jubilation) that a Christian is required to give, since we often otherwise unable to manifest the joy, when among the unbelievers, or when in secret the fruit is spontaneous prayer. This we find this in Exposition of Psalm 98 (of the Vulgate), paragraph 4. To pin-down the the Christian duty to shout jubiliantly we must understand where the madness (false shouting) comes from. Madness is the fruit of those retain only one sacrament (Baptism) whilst with loud voice condemning the other sacraments and all sacramental things. Those who maintain that they are conducting themselves in Charity by denouncing Tradition have no Charity in them. They are divided by the body. They are “dia-bolized”. This is paragraph 14 of Tractate 6 on the Gospel of John by the same holy father Augustine.

    We now know jubilant shouting coming not from within but by what the otherworldly holy spirit has handed-down to us that is mysterious, beyond our understanding, is what lends the Christian to evocation like a voice crying out in the wilderness.

    That was fun.

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