of our newsletter has been devoted to our work in finding and promoting
vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It is an endeavor
which has become increasingly challenging. For us, as religious
living and working in community, there is the special challenge
of finding those men who are willing to make additional sacrifices
for the sake of their communities. It requires a certain humility
and willingness to share that our world today does not foster.
We live in a society where "what's is in it for me" seems
to be an important starting point for many as they seek their way.
In my over 25 years working here at our Novitiate in Linwood,
I have seen many who were just not able to share their lives, work
and efforts with others easily. Many were unable to
deny their own ambitions and follow God's call with humility and
obedience. I suppose the difficulty begins with determining
if God has truly called them...or if they are following a path they
themselves have devised without including God in the equation.
For me, is has been a special dilemma helping them to discern if
God has truly called them to a religious vocation. I have
turned to prayer to help me...and I ask for your prayers today
as the need becomes more pressing for good vocations. I hope
you will join me in offering the prayer you find in the pages of
this Newsletter invoking God's guidance. May those who are
called answer with openness and perseverance. May we who guide
and support them be granted the wisdom to prepare them to be worthy
servants of God and His Family on earth.
God bless you and keep you always,
Father Anthony, M.SS.CC.