December 15, 2018

Tag - Vocation

Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work things out after being separated for over a year. During the separation Ardith had met a man named Bob, who lived in a city four hours away, and she...

What is Your Gig?

Several years ago, on a warm August evening, I rushed to find a parking spot in downtown Detroit. Shortly, I would have the privilege of serving as deacon of the Mass at a national conference of musicians. Now given that my musical and singing...

Heeding God’s Call

Each day, life calls us. At morning, noon, and night there is a temptation to allow the voices present in our work and home lives to consume us. But, I wonder. While it is true that we are called to be responsible to the voices that surround us, do...

Taking Our Faith Seriously

Jesus speaks of how we must be salt for the earth and light for the world—but in fact, many of us as Catholics often fall short in living out and sharing our faith. If all members of the Church took their faith seriously, this world would be a much...

I Wondered When You Were Coming

The Anunciation refers to the announcement (Luke 1:26) by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus. Upon hearing this, the Evangelist tells us that Mary was deeply troubled. But the angel said to...

A Vocation: Me?

In Psalm 139:13-16, the psalmist reflects: “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you, when I was being...

Personal Vocation

Author G.K. Chesterton once pondered the peculiar spectacle of St Francis and St. Thomas coming over a hill together in their friar’s gowns – the former in his brown and the latter in his Dominican black – and what an amusing contrast they...

The Still, Small Voice Of God

I have always been fascinated by the story told in 1 Kings 19. It presents Elijah. Elijah was the great and powerful prophet whose sharing in the Spirit of God caused a drought and a rainstorm. Elijah called fire down on Mount Carmel, and defeated...

Everyone Has A Vocation

When most people hear the word vocation, they automatically think of priests or religious brothers and sisters.   I thought the same.  Many years ago, I began to feel called by God.  I did not know to what I was being called, but the call was...

Are You Called To Be An Anointer?

The Gospels (Mk 14:3-9; Mt 26:6-13) record for us a very touching story in the life of Jesus, the anointing at Bethany.  The story takes place just before the passion of Jesus begins.  Jesus, we are told, is having dinner at the house of Simon the...