Advent reflections from the national office for vocation bring weekly videos reflecting on the Sunday Gospel and the life that God can call individuals to.
With the Church entering into a new year this Sunday, the first day of Advent, the National Office for Vocation will upload a video reflection each week focusing on a different state of life that God can call individuals to, as well as reflecting on the weekly Sunday Gospel.
The pandemic has been tough in our lives – staying at home, limiting contact with friends and family, and even our Churches shutting for public acts of worship; but our spiritual life, discipleship and discernment should never stop.
The short reflections include personal testimonies from the following people and states of life:
Advent Week 1: Teresa Carvalho – Living the single state of life
Advent Week 2: Hannah Vaughan-Spruce – Living life as a Consecrated Virgin
Advent Week 3: Fr Joe Owusu-Ansah – Priesthood
Advent Week 4: Br Joseph Bailham OP – Religious Life
Feast of the Holy Family: Nick and Fiona Whitehead – Marriage and Family Life
Teresa Carvalho – Living the single state of life
Teresa reflects on the first week of Advent and her own state of life, living as a single person.
“I help people become friends with Jesus.”
Hannah Vaughan-Spruce – Living life as a consecrated virgin
Hannah reflects on the second week of Advent and her own state of life, living as a consecrated virgin.
“I knew from the age of 17 that Jesus was calling me to belong to Him in a special way.”
Fr Joseph Owusu-Ansah – Priesthood
Fr Joseph reflects on the third week of Advent and his own state of life, living as a diocesan priest.
“I see lives transformed in my ministry as a priest; I see miracles when I hear confession.”
Br. Joseph Bailham O.P. – Religious Life
Br. Joseph reflects on the fourth week of Advent and his own state of life, living as a Dominican.
“The ongoing pandemic has prompted many people to look more closely at their lives and question what has been at the centre of their lives?”