Lent began with Mardi Gras, and the 46 days before Easter, is a special time in the year that provides us an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. As Catholics, on Ash Wednesday, when we received ashes, Good Friday, when we remember the day Jesus died, and all Fridays of Lent, everyone of age 14 and up must abstain from consuming meat. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, everyone of age 18 to 59 must fast, unless exempt due to medical reasons.
Lent also provides an opportunity to spend more time in prayer, the practice of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, attending Mass daily, spending 20 minutes or more in mindfulness meditation, talking to God and listening to what God may be saying to us.
In this listening, God may be gently leading us to consider a new path in our lives, a new occupation or course of studies, or even a new vocation, The dictionary definition for the word vocation is “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.”
Your Lenten journey is filled with days of work, study, recreation, exercise, social media, watching TV and hopefully spending some quiet time in prayer. This quiet time can be alone in a room, out walking, hiking, or running, and even participating in Lenten liturgies such as Mass.
Sometimes we wonder where we are going, what does life has in store for us, will we be successful, and even greater questions such as what the meaning in life is. Is it to become wealthy, make as much money as we can, to gain honor and prestige in our work or studies, or perhaps making a difference in the world?
There are many volunteer opportunities to be effective today; joining the Peace Corps, volunteering in a homeless shelter, tutoring disadvantaged youth, helping youth and adults learn to read, working to save our planet from the effects of climate change.
But just perhaps, if you listen quietly to our loving God, you might be led to take “the road not taken,” a different path that still includes all the above but is lived in community with other likeminded men.
“Daylesford Abbey — a Norbertine community of Catholic priests and brothers — is an oasis of peace in the lovely Chester County countryside. We live a common life through contemplation on God’s Word, common prayer and active service to the local Catholic community through preaching, teaching, parish work, social services, retreat ministry and so much more.”
Never heard of Daylesford Abbey or Norbertines priests and brothers? They are a community of Catholic priests and brothers who follow the rule of St. Augustine.
They are offering an Abbey Triduum Vocation Weekend for those seeking a greater meaning in life, to discerners and seekers of religious life to join the Norbertines Community for this year’s Triduum and Vocations Weekend, April 14-17, 2022. The weekend features the opportunity to pray, worship, and meet the Norbertines Community of Daylesford Abbey.
The religious at Daylesford Abbey have followed this road, sharing a life filled with common prayer as they pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate Mass daily. “Peace and reconciliation are at the heart of their work as a community.
From social justice initiatives to spiritual direction, from the sacramental ministry to retreat programs, the Norbertines of Daylesford Abbey have committed themselves to peace, justice and healing.”
“The Norbertines follow the Rule of St. Augustine, as they seek God in community with other men. They work in parishes, work in schools, offer spiritual direction and outreach to the poor.
Many paths along this road. Many directions to take, ministries to work in as they serve others. Is your path leading this way? For more information, please contact Fr. John Joseph Novielli, O. Praem. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to https://daylesford.org/vocations/ Copy and paste this link to watch a video about the abbey https://youtu.be/OvTMZ7n_-mg. Begin your journey by taking the next step. Be assured God will be with you along the way.
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