Vocations Corner: Good Behavior?

Sometimes we can think hearing what God desires from us is like a reward for good behavior; “If I am good, then God will tell me what He wants me to do.” That is not necessarily the case. In fact, there are MANY instances when God called somebody when they weren’t living healthy lives. Take St. Paul for example. He was on his way to imprison and murder Christians when God called him from that way of life to a more perfect way of living. The same can be true for us- maybe not to the extent of St. Paul- but we don’t have to “be good” in order to hear His voice, but rather it will be His voice that leads us to a more healthy and perfect way of living. We simply have to give God the space to communicate His desires for us. Because once we do that, we begin to discover that His desires are in fact the deepest desires of our own hearts.
– Fr. Sean Grismer

Fun Filled Summer Camps

The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Rockford is sponsoring summer camps and retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. St Therese Camp and Retreat for young women in grade 7 thru college, June 24-27 with Sisters from different communities joining us; Jeremiah Days for boys in grades 7 thru 9, July 8-11; and First Call Retreat for young adult males entering grade 10 thru college, July 15-18. Our seminarians studying for our diocese will facilitate, along with Fr. Keith Romke. The cost is only $90.00. More information is available at www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations or at the Diocesan Vocation Office, (815) 399-4300 ext. 375.

Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!

At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception.
This year the Pope told them… my fast translation from the Italian original: …