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This section of the Vocations Ireland website offers stories of those who discerned their vocation and answered God's call. We hope you'll find it will be both informative and inspiring.
This is the Spiritan Asylum Initiative situated in the heart of Dublin is a service which unfortunately has grown more and more over the years and is probably at its busiest time ever. I say unfortunately not because of the wonderful work being carried out but because the need for this service has grown as a result of war and torture inflicted on so many human beings today. This service was started by the Spiritan’s and is the only specialist centre in Ireland for the care and rehabilitation of survivors of torture and severe trauma. Here we see Religious and lay professionals working together to provide holistic care.
Religious in Ireland
In Ireland the Religious are ministering to the refugees and migrants offering help and support in every aspect of their lives.
They are working in hotels where some of the refugees are placed as well as working with the homeless of Ireland also placed in hotels because of lack of housing.
A Dominican story
The Dominican Sisters mission in Iraq is one of presence & support. There is so much bombing and destruction around that they found the most important help that was needed was to support the women buying nappies and milk for the babies. For the men they find it important to be with them, listen to them and hold their anger. The men are so frustrated and angry at being unable to keep their women and children safe. A very difficult and painful mission but one where “prayer and presence” is so important.
There must always be a relationship between the gift and the recipient - there is no point in giving anyone a treasure he cannot use. A father would not give a boy with no talent a music a Stradivarus violin. Neither will God give to egocentrics those gifts and powers and energies that they never propose to put to work in the transformation of their lives and souls.
Taken from Advent meditations of Bishop Fulton J.Sheen
Practice for this week: Recognise the gifts and talents that you have been given by God and be grateful for them. All that we have been given by God is gift. Use some of these talents that you have been given to bring joy to others. In doing this, you are also bringing the love of God to others. ... See MoreSee Less