Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Vocations in the spring
The beginning of February is traditionally associated with the heralding of the start of spring and the arrival of fertility to the land. The land dormant during the winter months, begins to stir and new life embarks on its journey towards the light. Precious seeds, deep within the soil are germinating, awaiting the breath of spring to accompany them to the earth’s surface.
These are days when we are invited into our own spring space – a space where new life is stirring, awakening and becoming, a space full of potential and possibility. These are days of rebirth and re-growth, of renewal and resurrection. Then with their first appearance they adorn the earth with their beautiful presence and remind us of resurrection.
A few days ago we marked the feast of St. Brigid, patroness of Ireland, and we celebrated this great woman of prayer and her great devotion to God and neighbour. She dedicated her life to God and to the poor. She became known for her good works and many young women were inspired to join her.
The following day, feast of the Presentation of the Lord, was also World Day for Consecrated Life. We paused to remember and celebrate the many priests, brothers and sisters whose faith, devotion and commitment influenced many of our lives. We remember too the young men and women who are discerning a call to priesthood or religious life at this time. We pray for them all and thank God for their lives of quiet dedication.
At the beginning of spring, maybe now's the time to go deeper in your discernment journey...
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[Adapted from Finola Cunnane SSL, Intercom]