Vocations View: Answer God with a Resounding “Yes”

Another academic year of seminary formation is coming to an end. We began the year with 10 seminarians at three seminaries, and as the year nears its end we currently have nine seminarians. This is truly a gift to the Church in north Louisiana. It is a sign of hope in the future. It is during this time of year that I welcome inquiries by men who are considering discerning their call in a more formal environment. Seminary is a place for discernment and formation. It is a place where you can take the time to listen more intently to the call of God. It is a place where you can grow in your relationship with God. It is a place where you can be formed into the man God is calling you to be.

I invite anyone who has heard that small still voice, who has felt the call of God in their heart, who has felt moved by God to follow Him in a radical way, to contact me. I encourage you to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, pray the Rosary on a regular basis, talk to your priest, make confession a regular part of your life and receive the Eucharist worthily as often as you can. Each of these things will draw you more deeply into the mystery that is God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

There is nothing that the Church needs more at this time than more holy priests.Think of lives you can change, the mercy you can share, the love you can experience and the hope you can impart. Priesthood makes you a part, not only of the one family of God but also an honorary member of the many families you will serve. Priesthood gives you the ability to help make Christ present in the world.

Every one of us desires to make an impact on the world, to help to make the world a better place. There is no better way to do this than serving God by participating in the ordained priesthood of Jesus Christ.

If you have been called, then please call me so we can take the first step towards giving you the ability to answer God with a resounding “Yes.” Follow the example of Moses, David and Elijah. Be brave like Joseph and Mary. Change the world like Peter, Paul, James and John. Make a difference like St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. God calls and all we have to do is trust in Him. I promise He will take care of the rest.

by  Fr. Matthew Long, Director of Vocations

Are you feeling called to a vocation in  the Church? Contact Fr. Matthew Long, Director of Church Vocations, at 318-868-4441, or mlong@dioshpt.org

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