An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

To Save A Thousand Souls

Recently I gave a presentation on the topic of vocations at a Women's Bible Study. I began by telling the story on how I once managed to shock (or rather, horrify) a group of women when I mentioned how thrilled I would be if one of my sons were to become a priest.

The point I wanted to make in telling the women this story was this: when it comes to the priesthood, if not our sons, then whose? If we aren't willing for our sons to discern their vocation, how can we discern our own?

Which is why I am mentioning the book, To Save A Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett A. Brannen, Vice-Rector of Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It's a wonderful book for men discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and it provides a comprehensive guide on the entire process from recognizing the signs of a vocation to the final chapter about ordination day.

Amazingly, though, the book is for all of us. As I read it, I recalled the words of John Paul II who said we are all called to serve God in different ways, whether its through the vocation of marriage, or as a dedicated single person, or through a religious life. What is important is that all these are vocations, each one serving God in its own, unique way.

To Save A Thousand Souls guides men through the discernment process, but the lessons and insights can be for anyone. It's a book about answering the call to vocation . . . and how holiness is the first and foremost vocation for each and every one of us.

3 comments:

Tiziana said...

Sono d'accordo con te. Ognuno può servire Dio con il suo proprio ed unico modo, l'importante è crederci.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

I am not Catholic.

But I can't imagine what all the fuss is about. If my son's faith were that strong, if he heard His call to serve, I would see it as exactly what it was--God's blessing for this life.

No grandkids or daughter-in-law for me in exchange for my son living this life clearly as HIS son? What an amazing thought!

Suburban Correspondent said...

Thanks! I passed it on to my TORCH group.