Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Communion within the Church essential for flourishing of vocations, Pope Benedict writes
Today I read Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (Sunday, April 29th.) The Holy Father spoke of religious vocations as a communion.
He also emphasized the importance of living in communion with God and with our brothers and sisters and of making the Eucharist the center of our lives as vital to the flourishing of vocations.
I particularly like the following statement:
"At the centre of every Christian community is the Eucharist, the source and summit of the life of the Church. Whoever places himself at the service of the Gospel, if he lives the Eucharist, makes progress in love of God and neighbour and thus contributes to building the Church as communion. We can affirm that the "Eucharistic love" motivates and founds the vocational activity of the whole Church, because, as I wrote in the Encyclical Deus caritas est, vocations to the priesthood and to other ministries and services flourish within the people of God wherever there are those in whom Christ can be seen through his Word, in the sacraments and especially in the Eucharist. This is so because "in the Church’s Liturgy, in her prayer, in the living community of believers, we experience the love of God, we perceive his presence and we thus learn to recognize that presence in our daily lives. He loved us first and he continues to do so; we too, then, can respond with love" (n. 17)."
You can read the article here: