|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 03:05 am: ||
I hear it said many times the church needs to change. We need to let priests marry and let women be priests too. This is why we have a shortage of priests and the church is dying etc etc
I call to your attention area's like poland where seminaries report an influx of young men ready to become priests. Like poland other countries whom have abundant men waiting to become priests have not let priests mary or accepted women as priests. How can this be? Well people Pray over there. As a young man discerning priesthood myself i ask you to pray for my vocation and those of the many men i have met who have taken some steps towards it and those who have not and are still battling with it.
Here is some food for thought ........
The problem lies not with the priesthood who are now increasing in number , but with the vocation of Marriage. There are more people divorced then there are leaving the priesthood. Broken homes are at a rise. When anyone is asked to even consider priesthood society holds such ideals as priesthood been hard and a very huge commitment. Marriage is however seen as very simple and the easy way out. If more people knew what true marriage meant, there would be alot less people gewtting married. Marriage is also a sacrafice. Even if you find that perfect woman she will age and those looks despite $'s of surgery will not bring back the woman you first saw before married[not the looks anyway]. People are called to proceate in marriage. Kids are a huge responsability, a huge sacrafice. Whilst one might not have to be celebant, a married couple must remain chaste. Chaste is to have temperance. Moderation, control of our sexual pleasures. We cannot marry have minimal kids to afford an economical family and career life, use contraception and have sex for as long as we like, nor can we be incomplete control of our spouse, our own life or our families. I'm not trying to draw people away from marriage but just encourage for those who do marry; not to go into a marriage with limited knowledge of what it is you are doing. It is not about you its about them..the future our today and our tomorrow. God bless you all, and i beg of you again to please pray for the vocation of those discerning priesthood, marriage, single consecrated life, religious life etc. Also pray for those who struggle to make a commitment in life. We have not set the best examples and can maybe even be held in part to blame but whatever the case these people really need our love support and encouragement and our prayers.
Thankyou for your time and for your prayers,
Michael william James