The following was written by Fr. Gary Dailey, the Director of Vocations in the Springfield (MA) Diocese and is an excerpt from the July/ August 2014 edition of the Catholic Mirror. To visit the Springfield Diocese's vocation page, please visit www.myvocation.com.
Is there a vocation crisis in the Catholic Church?
Having a vocation crisis would imply that God is not calling men to the priesthood or women to the consecrated life as he did in the past. That is just not the case.
The problem exists not in God but in us. We are not listening. Our phone is constantly busy or even off the hook. Many are not attuned to the voice of the Good Shepherd who calls out, "Come, follow me."
We, in fact, have a "listening" crisis and a "commitment crisis." Silencing our lives to hear the call of the Shepherd is very difficult for many in our society. Many refuse to enter into holy silence because of the fear of discovering something that might not be in their life plans or something that would require a radical change or conversion. . . .
If one does "hear" the call, then oftentimes the "commitment" becomes the challenge. . . .We need to trust that God has our back and if he calls us to serve in his name, then we have nothing to fear; he will provide all that we need to fulfill our mission.
Vocations are everyone's business. As a church, we need to pray fervently for vocations. Jesus said in Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 9:37: "The harvest is good, but laborers are scarce, beg the harvest master to send laborers to gather his harvest." The operative word is "beg." It is not a suggestion, but a command to "beg" or pray for vocations.
If you are wondering why there are not enough priests to serve in your parish or in the diocese, then you must answer the question, "Do you pray regularly for vocations?" What are you doing as a Catholic to promote priestly and women religious vocations? . . .
Catholics everywhere need to be ambassadors of Christ, leading our youth to him, inviting the to recognize a possible call to serve as priests and vowed religious sisters and brothers.
Classically Catholic Memory Materials
Classically Catholic Memory materials consist of the following:
Student Text: The Student Text contains the
memory work for each subject, broken down by week, and includes a
weekly summary sheet for each week. Almost every page includes
beautiful, full-color artwork from great artists, chosen to enhance the
student’s understanding of the main topic of each subject in each week.
Teacher Text: The Teacher Text contains introductory
material explaining the relationship and importance of memory work to a
classical education; a full explanation of the Classically Catholic
Memory program; teaching techniques and strategies for each subject; the
entire student text in a smaller size form; detailed background
information for each week of science, along with multiple options for
science activities to go along with each week’s material; background
information for the history sentences; suggested activities for the math
memory work; and more.
Maps and Stickers: The map set consists of five
laminated maps of either one or two continents for the student to label
with the included stickers. Most countries on each continent are
included (countries that are excluded are primarily very small island
countries), along with major capital cities, states of the U.S. (in the
North America set), and physical geography. A map of the entire
continent is included on the back of all maps so that the child can
trace country and continent borders to gain familiarity with the
geography of each continent.
3-CD set: All of the memory work is contained on a
set of three (3) audio CDs. CDs 1 and 2 contain the memory work broken
down by week, while CD 3 contains the memory work broken down by subject
for easy review and mastery. Math skip-counting (2s through 12s) and
all of the history sentences are sung to easy-to-recognize tunes to aid
in mastering the material.
Timeline Cards: This set contains 144 4x6 full-color
cards depicting events and persons from Creation through Pope John Paul
II. 15 essential dates are included on certain critical events in the
timeline. The front of each card contains the name of the event/person
along with famous artwork, maps, or photographs depicting that
event/person. The back contains detailed information, or Scriptural
references, about that particular event/person. The cards are clearly
labeled in numerical order on the back of each card.
Which materials are necessary? It is best if each family has, for each year, at
least one Student Text, one Teacher Text, one CD set, and at least one
set of maps and stickers; the same set of Timeline Cards can be used
each year, so it is only necessary to buy one set. In some families, it
may be best if each student who is "participating" in the program, and
who can read, has his or her own Student Text and possibly his or her
own map set. However, sharing and copying materials within a family is
permissible. Copying materials for other families, including in a co-op
setting, is NOT acceptable. Please make sure each family in a co-op
purchases their own materials. Remember that the timeline cards are a
one-time purchase, as the same timeline is learned every year.
For more information, please visit their website at: www.ccmemory.com