Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
This weekend Holy Redeemer and the universal Catholic Church celebrate Vocation Awareness Sunday. A glance at many magazine racks shows us what we, as a culture, value most: good looks, good health, youth, power, money. The readings of this weekend acknowledge the allure all these things have for us, but they urge us to seek the wisdom of God above everything else. Each of us is called to holiness; but not all of us are called in the same way. This is a day to become more aware of our own unique vocation.
The next time you think you have an excuse why God can't use you, remember the following people: Noah was drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly. Joseph was abused, Moses was a murderer (like David and Paul). Deborah was a woman, Gideon was afraid, Samson had long hair. Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David pretended to be mad and had an affair and ran away from his own son, Elijah was suicidal. Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran away from God, Naomi was a widow, Job was bankrupt, John the Baptist ate locusts, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered, John was self-righteous, the disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, Mary was so Jesus minded she was no earthly good, Mary Magdalene was demon-possessed, the boy with the fish and five rolls of bread was too unknown (and still is), the Samaritan woman was divorced - more than once, Zacchaeus was too small, Paul was too religious. Timothy had a stomach ulcer. And Lazarus was dead. Author Unknown
Office of Vocations
The Diocesan Office of Vocations, 1400 N 6th St., New Ulm, MN 56073, dnu.org, or 507-359-2966 promotes parish efforts to call people to service in the Church, particularly in priesthood and religious life. The Office fosters and develops the formation of seminarians throughout their years of training and preparation and is liaison between Bishop and seminary.