Dear friends. This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter is World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Now you might think that this topic has little to do with me unless you are a priest or religious or are single and may be thinking of a vocation. But we remember that priesthood and religious life are God’s gifts to the whole Church. Despite the Church being made of about 98% of laity, the leadership and gifts of priests and religious are vital for the present and future of the Church. The witness they give matters, for good or for ill. There has been much publicity in recent years of the failings of priests and religious and the harm this has caused. But we also know the amount of good that can come from a faithful priestly and religious life. We all have known those times when the presence and support of priests and religious has sustained us and inspired us.
‘God our Father, we trust in your loving kindness. Bless our diocese of Ferns with many priestly and religious vocations. Give the men and women you call the light to understand your gift and the love to follow always in the footsteps of your Son. Amen.’
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