We have been reflecting alot this week on the many gifts the Lord has given us, but in particular, the gifts of vocation, hope, and media. Alina mentioned the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul last week- we had a Mass in our Book Center with many friends and benefactors of our mission last Friday night. We followed the Eucharistic Meal with a dinner and some socializing. The spirit of St. Paul really is alive in all our cooperators and people who aide in our mission. This past week, I felt a heightened call for all of us to share the Love and message of Jesus like St. Paul did.
On Sunday, we went to the cathedral to take part in a Mass for religious vocations. It was a good end to Vocation Awareness month and also a fine finale for our feast of St. Paul. We were surrounded by many, many other young people giving their lives to Jesus in the consecrated life or priesthood. Archbishop Burke really spoke to us in support of our mission to share Jesus with the world through His Church.
As a postulant community, we concluded our reading of Spe Salvi (the Holy Father's newest encyclical letter). We all really enjoyed it. We had been reading it in parts and then discussing it with one another. The Holy Father gives so much hope in His words- words I truly believe the world needs to hear. If everyone were to read this document, I think many people would change their outlook on suffering, eternity, and have hope in Christ Jesus. I highly recommend it! Find it in a Pauline Book and Media Center near you ;)
Finally, we are continuing with our class online with Sr. Rose. One of the topics this week was reflecting on the media as gift. We often lament it or complain about the dangers of media, rather than seeing it as the gift it is. After celebrating vocations and St. Paul this week, I believe St. Paul would see the media as a gift and tool of hope. So let us each have hope in vocation and humanity as St. Paul and the Holy Father encourage us to do!
God bless you!