Pope St Paul VI’s prayer for vocation written for the first day of prayer for vocations in 1964.
Category Archives: Vocation
The Solemnity of the Holy Founders of the Cistercian Order: Special Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Cistercian Life
As we celebrate the solemnity of our Holy Founders, Robert, Alberic and Stephen, we invite you to join us on this special day of prayer for Cistercian vocations. What not take a moment to mention the name of our Abbey to God; if passing a Church, drop in, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and light a candle; offer a decade of the Rosary, asking Mary, Queen of our Order, to intercede for us, and move hearts to heed her Son’s invitation into Cistercian monastic life.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2021 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS
25 April 2021 Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation Dear brothers and sisters, 8 December last, the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, marked the beginning of a special year devoted to him (cf. Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 8 December 2020). For my part, IContinue reading “MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2021 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS”
Vocation Sunday – 25th April 2021
On this Vocation Sunday (often also called Good Shepherd Sunday, because of today’s Gospel reading at Mass – John 10:11-18) we want to ask a very simple question: Are you living your vocation?
Being a Cistercian – FAQs (2)
In this article we want to spend a little time looking at one particular frequently asked question: What’s the difference between being a monk, a priest, or a friar?
Being a Cistercian – FAQs
The nature of the Cistercian monastic life is such that it invites a great number of questions, dealing with all sorts of aspects of the vocation. In this first article we will try to pick out some of the more common questions about our life, and attempt to provide brief answers.
Vocation – How Do We Get There?
Fr Michael Casey ocso, a monk of the Cistercian community at Tarrawarra outside Melbourne in Australia, has enjoyed a distinguished career as writer, commentator, teacher, and above all, monk, which has embraced the span of his adult, and therefore monastic life. It’s not simply that Fr Michael can be said to be well and widely read…
Obedience – Joyfully Counter-Cultural
Obedience is indistinguishable from religious life because religious life is always about the imitation of Christ – and Christ is the one who comes not to do his own will but the will of Him who sent him (see John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38, and many other moments throughout John’s Gospel).
One of the most challenging aspects of religious vocation today in the Church is to view the area around sexuality as it is expressed in virginity, celibacy, continence and chastity as a positive choice in life and for life. Very few external supports exist in our societies today which help…
Vocation – Called to the Consecrated Life?
The consecrated life. The religious life. The life of the vows. The life of the evangelical counsels. The cloistered life. What is this “other” way of living in the Church as a full expression of one’s baptism which is not married, single, or clerical? It seems that there has always…