Challenge yourself during National Vocations Week

By: Caitlin Forst

In the end, the Seminarians beat the Quo Vadis Men

Diocesan seminarians teamed up to play Quo Vadis, a high school men’s discernment group, in basketball during the second annual Hoops Challenge. It was a fierce competition, certainly, but it was also an opportunity for these groups to gather together. The teams and many of those watching had a common interest: seeking God’s guidance in their lives.

January 10-15 is National Vocations Awareness Week in the United States. It’s true that we should always be aware of how and where God is calling us, but we often get distracted. This week helps us to focus on vocational discernment.

You may have heard a seminarian tell his vocation story this past Sunday at your parish. Perhaps he mentioned that at one point he heard God’s call in his life, but for a while he was distracted by other endeavors. If that sort of distraction sounds familiar, this week is an opportunity to spend some time in prayer asking God for direction in your life.

This week is not only for young people, but for each of us to renew our dedication to living lives of holiness. Even if you are already a spouse, parent, religious, consecrated lay person or a priest, we still need continual grace to live our vocations.

Fr. Bashista leads the seminarians and Quo Vadis men in prayer of thanksgiving after the game.

Also, as part of the Body of Christ, we are called to pray that each laborer in God’s vineyard follows the Lord’s invitation to follow Him in the vocation He has chosen for him or her, building up the people of God.

Take a moment to join us the following prayer and  visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s site, For Your Vocation:

Father in heaven, you sent us your
only Son to redeem us and to build
your kingdom on earth. Please give
us the wisdom and strength we need
to follow His call. Grant to the faithful
a spirit of generosity, that Church
vocations may flourish. Bless our
priests with holiness and courage,
that they may lead your people to
Christ. Help all sisters and brothers
to fulfill their sacred promises and so
be effective signs of your kingdom.
Lord, invite more men and women
to your service. We ask this through
Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Check out all of the photos from the Hoops Challenge here!)

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