Bishop Mark Davies: “Find your vocation before the Blessed Sacrament”

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has reflected on how his vocational calling came when praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

His personal testimony draws attention to how important this particular form of prayer and closeness to God is, in the life of the disciple. At St Mary’s College, Birmingham, he spoke of his own moment of vocational clarity before the Real Presence.

“In the clear, gentle light of the Eucharist I dared to ask what the Lord had in mind for me and found the courage to say: ‘Yes’. I would like to say to each of you that where the Holy Eucharist is found, you will also find the answer to the greatest question of your lifetime. Here you will find your true vocation.”

This is a moving exposition of Bishop Davies’ own journey, but lessons can be taken from it for all Christians, whose vocation is to live out and spread the word of Christ. The Eucharist is a necessity for anyone who is trying to faithfully follow Jesus. Whatever their state or stage of life, everyone has an incredible opportunity to go before God and ask what He wants of them.

As Pope Benedict says in How to spread the Gospel:

“To be a disciple and a missionary implies a close bond with the Word of God, the Eucharist and the other sacraments, in order to live in the Church in obedient listening to her teachings. To renew with joy the will to be Jesus’ disciples, to ‘remain with him’, this is the fundamental condition to being a missionary. The Eucharist, in effect, is the driving force of the Church’s entire evangelizing action, a little like the heart in the human body. How very significant is the bond between the Church’s mission and the Eucharist. In fact, missionary and evangelizing action is the apostolic diffusion of love that is, as it were, concentrated in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

Closeness to that “heart” then, is the key to finding our way on our own journey to heaven, a journey which should be spent – taking the Blessed Sacrament as our example – in the service of others.

How to spread the Gospel is available from CTS priced £2.50

Of related interest:

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DO845 YouCat – YouCat is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes questions and answers, highly-readable commentary and summary definitions of key terms.
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