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Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

I recently was at the Ordination of a good friend in Hartford, CT, and he  received an Ordination gift that was this large metal square with letters cut out inside the square that read:

 

Da mihi animas

Caetera tolle.

 

This was the motto chosen by St. John Bosco for the  Salesians that translates: “Give me souls, take away the rest.” As soon as he opened it, I immediately took to it and got super PUMPED UP. Lord, give me a sword and a shield with this written on it, IMMEDIATELY!! In its  essence, this is the heart and soul of the work of the religious vocation. It really is not that complicated. Lord, let me work in the vineyard, let me harvest the seeds and fruits that you have sown. Give me souls, and the rest is for the world. When this happens, it means that people are coming to know their vocation, their purpose. They are coming to know the only person that can fulfill them in their lives. God will fulfill them in ways that their jobs, their hobbies, their technology, never could. Lord, give me that which lasts, that which is immortal. Lord, give me souls.

 

Now, this mission that is given in a universal way to   religious vocations is given in a particular way to the lay vocations. Single and married people should also search out souls. In particular, the request to God should be… Lord, help me win the souls of my family, Lord give me the souls of my coworkers… of my friends. Lord, give me what is lasting, what is immortal, and take away the rest. Detach me from the worldly.

 

Where are you working to win souls over for God? What seeds are you planting? What harvest are you reaping? Are you focusing on what is important in life or the things that will pass away?

 

Domine. O, Lord. Da mihi animas. Give me souls. Caetara tolle. Take away the rest.

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