Pray for Vocations!

vocations

“The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task” (I Timothy 3:1).

Last Sunday Fr. Barry encouraged young men and women to pray about full-time vocational ministry.  He shared his personal journey to the priesthood and expressed how deeply fulfilling it is to serve the Lord in this capacity.  Take time this week to discern the Lord’s calling in your life.  At the end of the day, whether you are called to be a priest, a doctor, a teacher, an artist, or _______ (fill in the blank) we are all called to seek first the Kingdom of God.

Some Thoughts on Baptism

Epiphany

Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.   In his homily that morning, Fr. Barry spoke about the nature and purpose of baptism in the life of a Christian–urging us to remember that baptism is the beginning of our new life in Christ.

He also argued against the secular notion that baptism is merely a symbolic ritual or archaic cultural expression.  Rather, it is a sacrament made efficacious by the power of the Holy Spirit. In baptism we share in the death and resurrection of Christ, are cleansed of the stain of our sins, and deeply and ontologically united to the Holy Trinity.

For those interested to learn more about the Catholic understanding of baptism please enjoy this video by Fr. Robert Barron–a popular theologian and teacher in the United States.