Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself. A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love. Even if at times we are conscious of our weaknesses and tempted to discouragement, we need to turn to God with confidence. God himself comes to cleanse our “unclean lips” and equip us for the mission: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I, send me’” (Is 6:6-8).
Pope Francis, 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
The Hands that Connect Me to Our Faith
The priest’s hands welcomed me to our faith at baptism, blessing the water and anointing me with sacred oil. Since then, those blessed hands have guided me, comforted me and connected me to our Church and God. Those hands have confirmed me, and they have allowed me to receive our Lord Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. They have brought me the comfort of absolution within the sacrament of Reconciliation. They blessed my marriage to the love of my life. And when my days are drawing to a close, may the hands of the priest be there to anoint me with the sacred oil to complete my journey of faith. Hopefully my life will end – coming full circle – brought to our Heavenly Father by the blessed hands of the priest.
A new element to this collection is a
“Called to Pray” appeal. As your Bishop, I am asking you to support vocations, including your prayer for those who are being called by God into Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. In response, I would like to keep your special intention in my daily prayer over the coming months. If you want me to keep your intention in my prayer, please include your prayer intention here.
As we pray for your intention and an increased response to God’s call, may
we make the foundation of our prayers, “God’s will be done.”
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg