• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 18:38

Called to love God and love people


Fr Asaeli Raass profile pic 150Dear Friends,

One of the wonderful things about our SVD AUS Province is that we are blessed to have young men from all over the world completing their formation at Dorish Maru College in Melbourne.

This constant influx of youth and energy keeps us young as a Province and their energy spills over into many aspects of our lives and ministry.

Next week the Church in Australia will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week and we look forward to joining in those celebrations.

We will give thanks for the vocations that God has given to the Divine Word Missionaries and pray that we might attract more young men to explore the possibility of vowed religious life in the SVD.

But we will also be praying for all vocations – not just to priesthood and religious life – but to marriage and the single life as well.

It is well documented that where the vocation to marriage and family life is thriving, so too are vocations to priestly and religious life. It is like a circle of love and self-giving. Marriage is under a lot of pressure in our world today and needs all the support it can get. We give thanks to the many lay partners and friends who share the fruits of their married love with us who have chosen religious life and we hope we can be a support to them as well. People called to single life also need our love and support. Sometimes they have chosen to remain single, but sometimes the choice has not been theirs. Their generosity and freedom to share God’s loving kindness with those around them is a precious gift. Each vocation brings with it both opportunities for love and sacrifice. They are intertwined and indeed, love and sacrifice are two faces of the one reality.

Our vocation is really about listening to God and letting him call us and lead us forward in the state of life that allows us to love God and love people in the fullest way we can. How best can we serve this call in our own life?

Yours in the Word,

Fr Asaeli Rass SVD,