“But as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;
since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
-1 Peter 1:15-16
86% of newly ordained priests say that they come from an intact family that keeps the sacraments close.
Vocations do not grow from trees; they grow from a family that stays close to The Sacraments. Rhonda Gruenewald, author of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, is a dynamic speaker and leader in the Church. She runs vocationministry.com and travels around the world helping parishes create a vocation awareness environment. Rhonda tells us that the job of parents is to guide their children to keep The Sacraments close, to pray constantly for their children, and to encourage an ever growing relationship with Jesus.
If this happened in all Catholic households, the vocation crisis that people keep talking about would no longer be an issue. What we are seeing now is that families are not intentionally answering the universal call to holiness.
We all must strive to answer that universal call to holiness for ourselves,
so that we can raise children who are ready to answer Jesus when he
Live It! Tip of the Week: In addition to going to Mass every week, work to make it to confession once a month as a family.
Father you call each one of us by name and ask us to follow you.
Bless your church by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve your people as Sisters, Priests, Brothers, Deacons, and Lay Ministers.
Inspire us as we grow to know you, and open our hearts to hear your call.
We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.