...I would be like this, no wet liberal me...
...I wonder why I haven't been chosen, ...yet.
who also has this video, which is an interview with Bishop Burbridge, the Bishops in the States who has the most seminarians in the States, I wish Bishops and Vocation Directors in the UK would check out what he does.
Have a look at the site, it has another video of JP II speaking about his own vocation and new statistics for vocations throughout the world.
If you are thinking about vocations this is a splendid site, full of hope and vision.
I had a visit from a couple of splendid young men yesterday.Say a prayer for Michael who is about to begin "a year of discernment" at one of our English monasteries and Gerrard who is one of our diocesan seminarians who is doing a years "pastoral placement". I was very impressed when I asked one of them "What do you want", and got the answer, "I want Christ, nothing less."
Just a thought on pastoral placements by seminarians: why is it some seminaries send people for a whole year, others for a term, and others like the English College for a couple of weeks at the end of summer holiday? To me it seems a bit strange, especially as most seminarians are closely involved in their parishes before going to the seminary and during their time there. Spending a whole year in a parish when one is not a priest but with all one's heart wants to be, I think would be quite frustrating. Vocations are fragile, being in the wrong parish could be soul destroying. I haven't got the statistics but lots of young men seem to leave during such a year.