Vocations: Who Remained Balanced?

posted Nov 3, 2011, 10:52 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 10:52 AM ]
A few decades ago, American writer Dorothy Thompson published in a magazine article the results of careful research on the ill-famed concentration camp of Dachau. A key question addressed to the survivors was the following: ―In the midst of the Dachau hell, who remained for the longest time in a balanced condition? Who kept his sense of identity for the longest time?‖ The answer in unison, was always the same: ―the Catholic priests.‖ Yes, the Catholic priests! They were able to keep their balance in the midst of so much madness, because they were conscious of their vocation. They had their hierarchy of values. Their dedication to their ideal was total. They were conscious of their specific mission and of the profound reasons that sustained it. – to read the whole article please go to http://vocation.com/DiscernmentLibraryItem.aspx?id=6418&tid=104 Every time you go to Church and receive the Sacraments don‘t just thank God, but also thank a priest. God calls priests to be caretakers of the spiritual needs of his people, so how hard is it to simply tell a priest ―thank you‖? It is not simply good manners, but also the simple recognition and thankfulness of the grace given to us.