VOCARE

The Quarterly Newsletter Of

THE SERRA CLUB OF THE BAY AREA

January 29, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A day or two late but our prayers and sincere wishes God's abundant blessings come your way and your families this nascent 2014 New Year.

Chaplain's Corner, How is our prayer life?

Our Chaplain Fr. Benny Thadathilkunnel wrote this reflection a few months ago and we think it is an excellent way to start our new year.

Prayer is the utterance from your spirit to God. In simple terms, talking to God is called prayer. It's the simple opening of one's heart to our Father in Heaven. It's coming to Him and telling Him everything in your heart. Then, why do we find praying so complicated? Those of us who say, 'I don't pray because I don't know how to pray', haven't understood that prayer is just being yourself and talking to God with honesty and sincerity.

When I was growing up, I found prayer very boring. It's because it just seemed like an endless stream of meaningless words to me. However, when I truly understood what prayer meant (that it's speaking to God with complete honesty, without any kind of masks or worrying about how and what you talk), my whole perspective about prayer changed. Prayer today is not a burdensome task that I have to complete every day, but a joyful time I spend with my Lord. It's such a privilege to be able to talk to the King of Kings; to share my innermost thoughts, my deepest desires! However, this privilege came at a price. Jesus Christ died on the cross for me, for my sins, just so that I could enter the throne of God's grace with confidence. So is it for you!

In our day to day lives we come across many challenges. We would require courage and strength to face these challenges. So, where do we get the power to deal with un-ending trials and tribulations of life? Regardless of whichever religion one belongs to, prayer or communication with the almighty plays a significant role in our lives.

In prayers lie all the answers to our problems and the mystic solution to the accomplishment of all our lofty goals, no matter how imposing they may appear to the human eyes. While for some prayer may be expression of daily thoughts and words of which we are usually unaware of, some believe in conscious, focused, intentional prayer or a practice or method that best suits them. Whichever method you choose, what holds importance is not the technique but the consistency of the practice.

When we pray to God for a fresh dose of daily strength to face the trials that lay ahead, God grants us the willpower to resist sin thus releasing you from the grasps of darkness. So, what sort of prayers work best? Only prayers that do not dictate God to respond in a specific way work the best. In fact, when we let go of the ego or the desired outcome, our prayer becomes more effective and you can be assured that the prayer is sure to be answered.

There are numerous benefits of prayer and you can claim them all if you just put aside all the day-to-day hurdles that appear to ruin your life and just devote some quality time with God.

Where from here?

Attempting to follow our primary vocation that we received in Baptism, i.e. to be like Christ, and aware of the present acute shortage of priests and consecrated religious in the Catholic Church we have the opportunity and privilege to make a difference. Our prayer to Our Lord Jesus should be the happy offering of all our efforts as members of Serra.

As the New Year commences taking Father Benny's suggestion above we should have a conversation with the King of Kings and seek His council and blessings as we initiate our Vocations promotion activities. We should endeavor to increase our understanding of available programs that we can implement for the continuation of our work.

Our participation in the various projects of our club, those of our District 10 and the ones outlined in the Vocations Awareness Opportunities by the Office of Vocations is essential. Our club will be having election of officers in the near future and it is everyone's job to support this activity.

On March 1 we all have the opportunity to join Father Dat Hoang and Sister Anita at the “Good Morning Vocations” Program to be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baytown. Father Dat and Sister Anita bring local, national and world vocations-related news, including the vocations forecast in this fast-paced show. We can be part of the studio audience and enjoy breakfast, round-table discussions, networking, and a Holy Hour with vocations-minded Catholics. The Office of Vocations (713 652 8239) needs a call to register for this event to be make adequate food preparations.

Father Dat is a regular “columnist” contributor to The Texas Catholic Herald, in his article: “Moments that show the will of God in daily life” published January 28, 2014 he talks and shows in very precise terms how that is we can find the will of God in every aspect of our daily lives.

On the mend

The inclement weather we have endured lately has claimed numerous Serrans with flue or flue impersonations that thank God are on the decline. Our thoughts and prayers for our dear Mary LeCompte who is rehabilitating at home from her heart problem, may God help her recover.

Hasta pronto, let me hear your suggestions/comments… till we meet again let us go to do our vocations work as we look for the face of Jesus in one another.

Miguel A. Zamora

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