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Father Joseph Noonan is pastor of St. Damien in Oak Forest. Ordained in 1995, he previously served as Archdiocesan Vocation Director.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Let go and let God"

Cardinal George lays his hands on Juan Carlos Arrieta Correa during the sacrament of priestly ordination earlier this year at St. Rita High School in Chicago.

(Catholic New World/Karen Callaway)

This is easier said then done for many Catholics who seek to live as disciples of Christ.  Women and men also often have difficulty in "letting go and letting God" when they feel called to serve God as a religious sister or brother or priest. This is especially so in our culture that often mocks these vocations. Discernment of religious life or diocesan priesthood can become more difficult when families or friends do not support these vocations. At times they may seek to dissuade those called from answering. But support is plentiful and available in the form of discernment retreats and discernment groups organized and hosted by religious communities and dioceses.* Catholic parishes also can be supportive environments when parishioners pray for and actively encourage their members.  Men and women called by Jesus to this path to love and serve Him should feel supported by others.  Priesthood and religious life is a joyful, fulfilling life for those called who pursue it deeply rooted in prayer and the love of Christ.


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Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:06 PM

Thank you so much Father Joe! My question after your informative spot on here is, then when God does ask to use the personal freedoms for His work, then we really have to let go, right? Yes.

So, really the next steps of 'calling' experiences of human condition have us saying "except that" or this and not that"? Is this right? So, where we might condition that so easily, by personal and self identification process, is that Christian freedom has this binding and loosening way of being flexible yet under "God's will for me, personally" yet it is binding. How is this recognized at the next level of search? My asking this means that the communal sense of the Divine Will is not lost. So, how do we check for both in progress?

What happens after taking on descriptives, after you undertake a cooperative search with Parish as you use in your example here? Lets say, our Vocations office or depending on, the Office for Religious is suggested as part of a discussion, then what? What if you are doing all these things, already?

Can you describe more how there a management of 'obedience' if what you are pointing to as God's relationship with the individual and their love expression and that shaping of what can be seen as the "true" or "truest form of" identity? I hope you write a part two to this blogspot! Personally, I really enjoyed being at WYD 2005 with you and the team, too (and that's a rock!) ~Clarissa

Clarissa K.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:14 AM

Keep up the good work Fr. Joe! i love the idea of a blog.

The idea of getting parishes to help identify vocations is the right one.

Tom H.

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