Posts Tagged ‘vocation’
On January 22, 2016, Pope Francis spoke about the Church’s teaching on marriage not as “an ideal for the few” but as “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”
Quotes for reflection: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt 5:7) The Paschal Mystery – Jesus’ death and Resurrection – “bears within itself the most complete revelation of mercy, that is, of that love which is more powerful than death, more powerful than sin and every evil, the love which lifts […]
Quote for reflection: “Brothers and sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not […]
Quote for reflection: “In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” – Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, no. 9 Breaking open the theme: Perhaps one […]
Tim recounts a recent dinner party during which he recognized his guests’ participation in the threefold office of Christ – priest, prophet, and king.
In an address at the commencement of the Ecclesial Congress of Rome, Pope Francis spoke about marriage and parenthood as vocation, communion, and mission.
Every married couple has a mission! Megan and Juan are discovering theirs through the process of marriage preparation with a mentor couple.
Marriage is a pathway to heaven. And just as we wait in Advent for Christ’s coming at Christmas, so married couples patiently journey together toward the fulfillment of their desires in heaven.
The countdown to the biggest day of my life flashes prominently on my carefully-crafted wedding website and my thorough Knot.com profile, quantifying just how much time I have left before my CatholicMatch boyfriend turned CatholicMatch finance becomes my husband. Even though there is a lot of time before our big day, the how-to books and […]
If this story, about a couple married for 62 years who died 4 hours apart, does not make you sigh just a little, well … I’m not sure you have a soul. Or how about the story about Fred Stobaugh, the 96-year-old widower who wrote an ode to his late wife, “Sweet Lorraine,” and entered […]
The Lord has a vocation for each of us. Pope Francis encourages the youth and everyone to search out their vocation and to say “yes” forever.
Bl. Junipero Serra is the patron of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Pray today that your children and godchildren will discern and accept God’s will for their lives.
Stacey reflects on ways that her marriage informs her Christian life of discipleship.
A few months before his wedding day, Anthony writes about “the manly art of waiting” and how he realized that he wasn’t waiting for an abstract list of adjectives but for a person named Sara.
How God’s grace brought me back to the Church of my childhood, and led me to my vocation of marriage (not without resistance on my part!)
Parents and families play a crucial role in fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. One religious sister reflects on specific ways that her family formed her to hear and heed God’s call.
Did you know that husband and wife are the ministers of the sacrament of marriage? In this reflection, Josh Noem writes about what it means to live out the sacrament of marriage in daily life, and how that leads to true freedom. “Marriage and family life is a way for us to give our lives over to love 349 ways every day, and it gives us glimpses of heaven every single day too.”
The vocations of married couples and priests are different, yet complementary and harmonious, Pope Benedict XVI said Sept. 11 in a speech in the Adriatic port city of Ancona, Italy. He encouraged priests and married couples to esteem “each other’s charism.”
World Youth Days have often been a catalyst for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. In Madrid, however, young people also heard a thing or two about marriage from Pope Benedict XVI. All vocations, said the Pope, are calls to service, and together they form a tapestry of life in the church.
The Pontifical Council for the Family’s plan to develop a handbook on marriage preparation was welcomed by Pope Benedict XVI. The pope re-emphasized the need for a developmental approach to marriage preparation that extends all the way from early youth to the time the sacrament of matrimony is celebrated.
When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a Christian vocation it is saying that the couple’s relationship is more than simply their choice to enter a union which is a social and legal institution.