Thursday, December 05, 2013


The Matrix, 1999
Trinity to Neo:  "You've been down there, Neo.
You already know that road.
You know exactly where it ends.
And I know that's not where you want to be."
"i've been walking the streets at night
just trying to get it right
it's hard to see with so many around
you know, i don't like being stuck in the crowd
and the streets don't change but, the names
i ain't got time for the game
'cause i need You
yeah, but i need You (all it takes is patience, yeah)
oh, i need You (just a little patience)"
(Guns 'N Roses - Patience, 1989)
another post on vocations!  but first, if you have a few minutes, watch the video.  Axl is searching for something.  he sings about walking the streets at night, and in one scene he stays up late watching the tube.  he is searching for something, for someone!

my new project is that every Thursday for the next few months, or longer, i will post something relating to the discernment process for men being call to the diocesan priesthood.  of course, some, many of these questions + answers, can easily apply to all who are discerning their vocation in life.  what is the will of the Father for me?  how do i listen to Him?  watching the video today hit me since i too remember walking the streets late at night searching for something.  only years later did i realize i was searching for Someone.  yesterday people stayed up late watching TV searching for something greater.  today people stay up late watching YouTube searching for something greater.  everything has changed.  nothing has changed.  there is nothing new under the sun.  we are all searching, when do we realize we are searching for Him?

onto my new idea.  a couple weeks ago i had two conferences back to back - Annual Diocesan Priesthood Vocations Conference, here in Ottawa, followed by the "Baby Priest" Conference, held every three years for those newly ordained, from 0 - 6 years, at Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls.  at both conferences i received the same book:  To Save A Thousand Souls:  A guide for discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood.  they were generously donated by Vianney Vocations.  i was also joyful to see recently that Fr. Hezuk, vocations director, reviewed this book in the most recent Catholic Ottawa, Archdiocesan quarterly letter.
"the problem is not a crisis in vocations, but a crisis of prayer."
are more and more men discerning the priesthood today?  i believe it is the same as always. although it seems that less of them are hearing the call because of this, that, and the other thing.  this is a resource book for those men discerning the diocesan priesthood.

i have been hearing for many years now that every young Catholic man should discern the priesthood.  is this true?  i am not sure.  i would rather say:  every man (and woman) should discern God's will in their lives.  "not my will, but Your will be done!"  on this journey of discovering one's vocation, we all need help, and patience!  in fact, doing anything else than God's will in your life will bore you.

i found a video by EWTN interviewing Fr. Brannen, author of the book.  he describes the book as a single resource, a guide for discerning a vocation to Diocesan Priesthood.  he highlights some of the questions, and the journey involved from hearing the call, to entering the seminary, to ordination.  the video is a good starting point to understanding the steps that each man will go through once he discerns this vocation.  he adds that this book is not just for young men, but anyone really who is discerning.  (do i have a vocation?)  what is God's will in my life?  this book helps us listen to Him, to do the will of the Father in our lives.

as Axl reminds us, "i need You."  we all need God in our lives.  we all need help on this journey of holiness.  if you have questions, comments, regarding the discernment process please do not hesitate in contacting your vocations director!  either call:  myself, Fr. Hezuk, or Mgr Daniel Berniquez, now!  also, send in your suggestions, and i'll do what i can to cover the topic.

union de prière.  united in prayer.


ps:  Fr. Brannen's interview on the book with EWTN:

and, Neo takes the road less travelled by:

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