Celebrating the Year for Consecrated Life with the local religious on World Day of Prayer for Vocations  during the novena to St Catherine.On Sunday the 26th April, Good Shepherd Sunday, we were joined by local religious for the celebration of Vespers followed by a get together.Reflection  In his message for today鈥檚 world day of prayer for vocations, Pope Francis reflects on the Exodus experience for he says “to offer one’s life in mission is possible only if we are able to leave ourselves behind鈥 and he continues: 鈥淎t the root of every Christian vocation we find this basic movement, which is part of the experience of faith – transcending ourselves, leaving behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to centre our life in Jesus Christ. The Christian vocation is first and foremost a call to love, a love which attracts us and draws us out of ourselves, 鈥渄ecentring鈥 us and triggering 鈥榓n on-going exodus out of the closed inward-looking self towards its liberation through self-giving, and thus towards authentic self-discovery and indeed the discovery of God鈥 (Deus Caritas Est, 6).鈥滲ut this going out of ourselves, leaving all behind in order to put our lives and our whole existence at the service of the Kingdom of Godis only made possible when we have come to know and experience the God who is Love 鈥 the LOVE of which our Mass Readings for this fourth Sunday of Easter speak.  St John invites us to 鈥渢hink of the love the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God鈥檚 children鈥 (1Jn 3:1) and in the Gospel we hear Jesus telling us that He is the Good Shepherd who lays down his […]