Friday, May 13, 2016

Following the Call of Jesus

Today, the Church brings to mind some special men and children who lived in the last hundred years and whose fidelity to the call of Jesus is a wonderful model for us.
Charles deFoucauld who was a French priest who listened to the call of Jesus to go and live in the desert among the nomads. He lived with them and shared their poverty and the simplicity of their lives until he was martyred by the members of the tribe.  Later on, Rene Voillaume, also a priest and inspired by deFoucauld's life, founded a religious order based on Charles' way of life.  This order has spread all over the world.

We also celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  In 1917, Mary appeared to three children and asked them to pray for the conversion of Russia.  This was the call given to them by Jesus through his mother, Mary.

Let us take these last few days before the feast of Pentecost to ask the Holy Spirit to help us recognize the calls of Jesus in our lives.

KM Donohue, OSU

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