Tuesday, April 25, 2006
God or the Girl: First Episode

Well this last Sunday when I got back from meeting the diocese about my own vocation to the priesthood, I watched the final episode of God or the Girl. I was overall very pleased with the series although I wish more of them would have entered the seminary. I'm extremely happy for Mike, who obviously loves his job, as well as Joe, who is serving God as a lay counselor.

I was actually somewhat disappointed in Dan. I hope he serves the Lord as a youth minister, but in my own opinion, he really needs to focus more of the group's time on studying the faith and the Bible. I think that his inability to defend the Church against the fundamentalist's accusations show this. I agree with Gerald's statement that Dan is under too much of an evangelical influence; he needs to just focus on quiet contemplation and prayer and apologetics above some other things.

However, I'm very happy for all of them to have made a decision. I'm was so happy for Steve when announced his decision to enter the seminary. It was so heartfelt and poignant as he stood before his parish and announced His decision. I wish him the best, and I ask all of you to join me in praying for Him and for greater vocations to the priesthood in general. Think about it, without the priesthood we would not have the Eucharist. For hundreds of years priests and Christians in general were murdered for their faith, and today we live in an age where we can worship without fear. Yet, only a small percentage of Catholics attend Mass! Hundreds of years ago, nearly all Catholics attended Mass and would even accept martyrdom for Jesus Christ.

This series has really helped us remember the importance of vocations, but it also brought to mind the need for lay Catholics committed completely to the faith. We must be the light shinning in the darkness for Christ; we must proclaim the Good News!

Prayer for Vocations:

Compassionate Heart of Jesus, graciously listen to our prayers. Give us generous hearts to respond to your call in our lives. Lift up courageous men and women willing to follow after your heart as priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons.

Help parents and teachers to share the faith and to encourage young people to explore religious vocations. Guide all people, Lord, in your ways of compassion, truth, and peace, that we may find happiness in fulfilling our vocation. Amen.

6 comment(s):

del_button April 25, 2006 at 5:35 PM
K said...

I have had the same thoughts as you regarding this show, Moneybags. I cried with Steve when he announced his wishes. I also will continue to pray for each of the men on that show as I think each has been called to be a man of faith which American families need desperately. I do not discount Dan from ever entering the priesthood, but his youth may keep him from that for some time. I agree that he needs some more time with scripture and apologetics, but perhaps the Lord is calling him to "fire-up" young people on campuses right now.

I am also continuing to keep you in prayer as you begin the process of entering the seminary. Could you share some of what is involved in this process?

del_button April 26, 2006 at 6:41 AM
Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

You're right about the need for priests. We had the Serra Club speak at our parish this weekend, on the same subject.
With prayers as you walk along your own journey to the priesthood.

del_button April 26, 2006 at 10:32 AM
K said...

I have started a novena for Moneybags on my blog. Please join me in this prayer, if you are able.

del_button April 26, 2006 at 11:47 AM
Deacon Mike said...

I rarely watch TV because of my schedule but this sounds like a program I would truly enjoy. I will pray for all these young men to truly discern whatever vocation God has in mind for them, ordained or not.


del_button April 26, 2006 at 9:30 PM
Cathy said...

Holy cow. I first read that as:
"We had the Sierra Club speak at our parish..."


del_button April 26, 2006 at 9:34 PM
Matthew said...

Ma Beck, that was funny. The Sierra Club... :)

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