Monday, April 18, 2016

For the Church

The Lord’s merciful action forgives our sins and opens us to the new life which takes shape in the call to discipleship and mission. Each vocation in the Church has its origin in the compassionate gaze of Jesus…The call of God comes to us by means of a mediation which is communal. God calls us to become a part of the Church and...the vocational journey is undertaken together with the brothers…whom the Lord has given to us…The ecclesial dynamism of the call is an antidote to indifference and to individualism. It establishes the communion in which indifference is vanquished by love, because it demands that we go beyond ourselves and place our lives at the service of God’s plan, embracing the historical circumstances of his holy people.

We came upon these words of our Holy Father Pope Francis from his message for the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations. And we were reminded once again that our lives as monks belong to the Church. Though our lives are hidden here in the monastic enclosure, our focus must always be outward, toward and for all God’s people, in solidarity with them in their joys and hopes, their griefs and anxieties. All that is genuinely human raises an echo in our hearts.