Your call to ministry — Yes, you!

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Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller with World Youth Day participants

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller with World Youth Day participants

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)

EVANGELIZATION is the first of three priorities set forth by Our Shepherd and Archbishop, the Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller; the other two being Catechesis and Youth. And as we often hear him say, “I cannot do this alone.”

Last week, we had cause to celebrate as twenty high-minded and devout young men entered into the seminary here in San Antonio. But let us remember that the call to ministry does not end with the bishops, priests and seminarians. The call to ministry is given to you and me as the body of Christ; and the high honor of being the voice, hands and feet of God lies in the grasp of every saint-in-the-making.

Which model do we exemplify? Are we the model of the bus – with the priest doing all the driving while we, as passengers, slumber in peaceful security behind him? Or are we the biblical model of the church as the Body of Christ – every member who has a distinctive function?

Our God has given each of us a special gift, talent and function to share with this world. The challenge is: Are we nurturing and applying this gift in service to those around us? Please don’t rob us of what God wants to distribute through you. There is no need to wait until you hear a call to ministry.

There is no joy in life like doing the will of God…through the gift of God…in dependence upon God…for the glory of God!

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About Pamela Mandeville

Pam is the Administrative Assistant at Pilgrim Center of Hope. She moved from Houston with the specific intention of becoming Catholic and getting involved in the Catholic community of San Antonio. Pam says, "Serving in this ministry of evangelization is a dream come true." The Pilgrim Log is the blog of the Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry, providing weekly spiritual reflections to help you journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Learn more about the Pilgrim Center of Hope by visiting www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

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