Morning Prayer: Catholic Schools Week: Vocations
January 27, 2014
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M.
Good morning. This week is recognized nationally as Catholic Schools Week. You’ll see a banner attached to the bridge between the Gunn and Chanel Buildings that celebrates our Catholic school heritage. We are welcoming today students and their teacher from another Catholic school, the Colegio San Jose in Callao, Peru. Bienvenidos a nuestros visitadores de Peru. Somos felices en acogerles a Vds.
This week here at Marist is also a time when we give attention to the theme of vocation—the calling that each of us responds to when we discern what it is we’re supposed to do with the gifts that God has given us. Because we are in a Catholic school, the whole idea of letting the Holy Spirit move us toward where we can best use our talents is not strange to us. We look and listen for signs, from what other people tell us our strengths are to what we feel drawn to over and over again. For me, I had to acknowledge that it was service to the church that kept coming back to me, in my own prayer and discernment and in what I was hearing from others.
Some of us—most in fact—will be called to serve God as married persons and as parents, although that’s a few years down the pike for the majority. Others will be called to live the single life and to serve that way. Some will be called to the priesthood and religious life. A few of us attended the funeral Thursday of Father Fogarty at St. Thomas Aquinas in Alpharetta, and it was a blessing to see some of our own Marist alumni as priests attending the funeral.
The Marist Fathers and the rest of the faculty feel we have a calling to help students discern what God might be directing you to do after you leave Marist. We try not to do that by pushing you to one thing or another, but we are here to talk with you on retreat, or after school, or in casual meetings in any given week. Whatever you are called to do, we have confidence that you will have the support of the Marist community behind you and that you will take seriously the need to look carefully at how you can best serve God’s people and realize your own hopes in the future. Let us pray.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. O God, we praise you who have made us with different but abundant gifts to share with others. Help us to know how we might best use those gifts for the sake of building up the Kingdom of God and for the betterment of those around us. Guide us to good decisions about our future, and give us courage to respond with an open heart to even those callings that seem to be a challenge for us, so that we might serve you well in this life and come to be with you forever in the next. In Christ we pray. Amen.
Mary, Seat of wisdom.