2017 Vocations Awareness Week
Did you know that in our country, compared to 50 years ago, there are 20,000 fewer priests and 130,000 fewer religious sisters? At the same time, the Catholic population has continued to grow steadily. Many factors have contributed to the decline: growing secularism, a lengthened period of adolescence, attitudes about celibacy, etc.
During Vocation Awareness week, please pray that young people in today’s society will hear and respond to God’s call. And do your part to encourage them to consider the priesthood and religious life.
One Vocation Leads to Another
“Let us not forget that Christian marriage is a vocation to holiness in the full sense of the word, and that the example of holy parents is the first condition favorable for the flowering of priestly and religious vocations.” ~Pope Benedict XVI
Generous Single Life in Christ
The Church recognizes that some people, for various reasons, are not called or cannot live in vocations such as marriage or consecrated life. Nonetheless, the Catechism says “they can contribute greatly to the good of the human family” (#2231). “Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion.” (CCC 1658).
National Day of Awareness of People with AIDS
We recognize on this day all children, women and men of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities who live with this disease.
We continue to pray for them, their family members, caretakers and medical team. We remember how some made this disease a condemnation and sentence of judgement by God, and we pray that we seek their healing as well.
This day invites us to consider how illness can create divisions and loneliness among people. But we choose to respond as disciples of Christ and members of our Roman Catholic Faith Tradition to include all who are affected by this disease not to feel and be excluded.
In fact, hospitals managed by Roman Catholic religious sisters were one of the first to accept and care for AIDS patients. And so we thank God for these “doctors of mercy,” for the technological and medical advances, and for compassion shown to all people. Peace and grace.