Just like the Magi from the East, offer baby Jesus these gifts on his epiphany
- Written by Mauricio I. Pérez
Ash Wednesday Mass at Holy Innocents Parish in Duvall is held at 7 o’clock in the evening. It is always dark, always cold, usually rainy or snowy — and always a weeknight. Yet, after Christmas and Easter, that Mass is the best-attended event at our little parish. Standing-room only.
The U.S. Catholic Church celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 5–11. It sounds like an event the church is putting on for us, but it is really a call to action for members of the church. A vocation is a calling, and we are all called to serve Jesus. But Vocation Awareness Week highlights those special vocations of service for the church: priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. This week reminds us of the need for holy and dedicated persons to fulfill these vocations.
After 11 years as a priest and six as the vocation director for the Archdiocese of Seattle, I can assure you of one thing: If you want to know God’s will more deeply, spend more time with the Risen Jesus Christ! While ongoing engagement with the sacraments, Scripture, community, catechesis and ministry all fundamentally deepen our relationship with the Lord, spending extra time in a retreat always bears fruit. A retreat helps fill our souls with “rich soil” that can produce fruit “a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” (Matthew 13:8)