Linwood, New Jersey                                    Spring 2000                                                       Page 1
 

MAY 14 --
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS


PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS TO THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY

     O Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Grant many young men the generosity necessary to follow your call, and the courage required to overcome all obstacles to their vocation.  Give to parents, that faith, love and spirit of sacrifice, which will inspire them to offer their children to God's service, and cause them to rejoice when one of their children is called to religious life.
     Let your example encourage both parents and children and let your grace sustain them.

Amen


MANY ARE CALLED . . .
 FEW ARE CHOSEN . . .

By Br. David Graber, M.SS.CC.


     I know the title I have chosen for this article is somewhat overused when we think about finding vocations to the priesthood, but when you relate it to today's teens, 

     Last year, our congregation began a program of extending an invitation to young men, usually high schoolers, to spend an evening of recollection at our Novitate, Villa Pieta in Linwood.  This past December 21, the Villa hosted fourteen area teens who


Joining the community at Evening Prayer in our Chapel...

the Word "called" is the catchword.  Look around and it is hard to find a teen who does not have a beeper or cell phone or is not sharing his or her e-mail address. It is amazing the number of young people who have their own telephone number.  My point is, today's under 25 crowd knows what it is to be called . . . or do they? had demonstrated that they had possibly experienced a  feeling of indeed a "call" to be a priest or brother.  I invited several students from the high school where I teach and Tom Salerno, the Youth Director at Our Lady of Sorrows parish, staffed by our Missionaries, also invited several more to join the group.

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