St. Vincent de Paul on the Priesthood

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. He was influential in my faith formation through the service immersion trips I did in high school. It was there that I encountered Christ in the poor.

In addition to his love for the poor, he is known for his work forming priests. In that vain, I’d like to share a quote of his on the priesthood, which I have been reflecting upon today:

“We are chosen by God as instruments of his immense and fatherly love, which seeks to be established and to spread in souls…. Our vocation is therefore to go not to a parish, nor only to a bishopric, but to the whole world. To do what? To set peoples’ hearts on fire, to do what the Son of God did, he who came to bring fire to the world, to set it ablaze with his love. So it is true that I am sent not only to love God, but also to make him loved. It is not enough for me to love God, if my neighbour does not love him”

Please join me in encouraging young men to respond to the call of the priesthood. It’s a beautiful life. Please pray that I, and all priests may do out best to live out these words of St. Vincent de Paul.

Source: Letter of the Holy Father John Paul II to Bishop Gaston Poulain for the 4th Centenary of the priestly ordination of St. Vincent de Paul.

Daily Reflection: 11 May 2017

Today’s readings can be found here.

Reflection:

In today’s readings from Acts of the Apostles we once again here of their travels. As schools finish up the year around the country, a lot of us turn our attention towards planning our summer vacations.

Rest and relaxation are very important elements to a well balanced Catholic Christian life. However, it’s also important to remember that just because we are on vacation doesn’t mean we get a break from our vocation to holiness.

One thing that strikes me is that we will check a dozen web sites so we can end up saving $10 on a hotel room, but do we even bother to check one for Mass times?

We would never think of leaving the house without at least checking (and probably buying tickets) flight times, but we forget to look up Mass times.

I have found in my travels that attending Mass in a foreign country, language or culture can actually be a great grace and growth in our relationship with God thriugh the universality of the Church.