Today we celebrate the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, the parents of the Blessed Mary. Without these two wonderful people our hope for salvation would be a bit more difficult. Joachim and Anne brought Mary into this world in a similar way in which Mary brought Jesus into this world.
We refer to Mary as the Immaculate Conception. She, like Jesus, is the only other person in the history of humanity to have been conceived without original sin. This is a very important point which could be written into its own doctoral thesis or its own book (as I am sure it probably already has). But today I am focusing on vocation.
What is it that God has planned for our life, for our own personal mission from God? It has an almost Mission Impossible feel to it, "You're mission, if you choose to accept it. . . " we all have the primary vocation to holiness. The secondary vocation is how do we reach this primary goal set out for us? Through a lot of prayer and discernment we can reach some decisions. But Mary at the age of 13 or 14 said yes to God and became the theotokos, the God Bearer.
Today at the camp's religious education periods I am breaking up the children into two groups, one of the girls, and the other the guys. The girls will speak to a nun friend of mine who is a Franciscan postulant. She is going to become a novice I believe this coming August. The girls will have a question and answer session with her so that they an ask questions of curiosity. The boys will later meet with myself and Br. Rob, a Salesian preparing for his perpetual profession next month.
Please pray for all of us that we may be able to do God's will for us today.
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