Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Question: Which role or profession is more important: a doctor or a plumber?

Answer: It depends: If the sink is plugged up, well then, the plumber!

One job or profession may be more complicated, require more education, seek more expertise than another; but depending on the needs and circumstances, any particular profession may rise to the top as the most important because, at the moment, it may be most needed.


Praying about our call should be in the prayer agenda of every Christian.

There are many vocations (callings) in our Christian lives. Some are called to marriage, some to priesthood or diaconate; some to consecrated religious life for men and women, some to a single state. Each is a vocation from God. When one feels actually called and hears that call deep within them, this calling or vocation becomes uniquely satisfying. When deep within, a person discovers the call, then there is nothing they do or give up that could be too much – they just know that it is so right for them.

Praying about our call should be in the prayer agenda of every Christian. To believe that God is actually calling us – deep within – makes hearing and answering a very important life activity. That is why at St. Bernard we pray at nearly every Mass for vocations – ALL vocations. We pray that all will take or make the time to listen deep within. We pray that the voice of God will become real to us and we will hear it.

The Good Shepherd calls us. He tells us that his sheep hear his voice and know him.

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard Parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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