• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:01

God, families and faith, the bedrock for vocations

 

Fr Henry Adler SVD close hs 150This month, the Church in Australia, and we in the Divine Word Missionaries, celebrated National Vocations Week.This is a week to celebrate all vocations, whether to marriage, the single life, priesthood or religious life and we often forget how intertwined all those different vocations are.

Marriage, of course, is the foundational vocation from which all others flow. It is within the loving embrace of family life and faith that the other vocations may take seed and grow. When people sometimes talk of a vocations crisis in the Church, I wonder if part of the problem isn’t really a crisis of marriage and family life. If this is the case, we must do all we can to support family life and help it flourish.

In the SVD AUS Province, we are in the happy situation of having a full seminary and formation house at Dorish Maru College in Melbourne. Young men, from all around the world, have come to us for their SVD formation and we are all the richer for their presence among us. On the flip-side, it is some time since we have had a vocation from Australia or New Zealand, although we are delighted that through our mission in Thailand, we now have two young novices from our own Province joining us at Dorish Maru.

The vocation to religious life is a mysterious thing, a work of God, not something we produce ourselves. As we listen to the stories of the young men who come to us though, there is a strong common denominator, and that is that they more often than not, grew up in a family of strong faith and developed a deep, personal love for Jesus and his people, which flowered into a vocation to missionary life.

So, as we celebrate vocations this month, let’s also celebrate families, which are the bedrock of our faith, our Church, and our community and see how, in our own lives, we can offer the families we know, support and love, especially those who are doing it tough.