Bishop urges stu­dents to get to know ‘Gospel celebri­ties’ dur­ing an­nual Vo­ca­tions Week

The Oban Times - - ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Dur­ing its an­nual Vo­ca­tions Week (Septem­ber 9-16) the Catholic Church in Scot­land is en­cour­ag­ing sec­ondary school stu­dents to con­sider the lives of six very dif­fer­ent peo­ple who re­sponded to God’s call in their lives.

The church has pro­duced ma­te­rial en­ti­tled Six Calls which en­cour­ages stu­dents to learn more about fig­ures as di­verse as Pope Bene­dict, Mother Theresa and Chiara Badono, an Ital­ian teenager on the path to saint­hood.

Fa­ther John Mor­ri­son, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of priests for Scot­land, said: ‘I think this is a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to re­ally en­gage with the lives of these very in­spir­ing fig­ures.

‘In re­count­ing the vo­ca­tion sto­ries of the last three Popes, Mother Theresa, Edith Stein and Chiara Badano, we hope the stu­dents will be in­spired to re­flect God’s plan for their lives. We hope to show that the saints were not su­per­hu­man but peo­ple who sim­ply re­sponded gen­er­ously and sin­cerely to God’s call.’

Bishop John Keenan, pres­i­dent of priests for Scot­land, said: ‘Vo­ca­tions Aware­ness week in au­tumn, in­tro­duced a gen­er­a­tion ago, is now part and par­cel of our church’s tra­di­tion and an­nual cy­cle in Scot­land.

‘As our young peo­ple re­turn to school a year older their thoughts turn to what lies ahead of them as adults, in terms of ca­reers and re­la­tion­ships and life­styles.

‘In think­ing of these things they are eas­ily mes­merised by a sec­u­lar cul­ture that prom­ises them the dream job, the ideal part­ner and the celebrity cir­cuit. The me­dia presents them with role mod­els to fol­low who are liv­ing the dream and who seem to have it all.

‘Into this mix it is good that our Church plants seeds of vo­ca­tion. It is good for our young peo­ple to re­alise that God al­ready has a dream for each one of them, that putting their lives into His hands, fol­low­ing His ex­am­ple of ask­ing what you can give to the world rather than what you can get from it, is the only way to real peace and joy.

‘This year we are ask­ing our young peo­ple to get to know the saints, the men and women of our times who lived their lives for love of God and hu­man­ity. These Gospel celebri­ties range from popes to school kids, in­clude men and women, and travel across all con­ti­nents of the world.

‘I am sure our young peo­ple will find in them bet­ter role mod­els who in­spire them to opt for the way of real free­dom and hap­pi­ness, in want­ing noth­ing from life be­fore want­ing the ad­ven­ture of faith, hope and love.’

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