Friday, February 17, 2012

Spring Training

A couple of days ago I attempted to compare College Football's National Signing Day to Religious Vocation Prospects joining their new communities. I think that concept creates quite an exciting image of young men interested in joining Glenmary or another community. Although I have never attended a signing day party, I imagine that they would be a really good party - both for the athlete and the school preparing to receive them. I am thinking that we should do should try that here at our main residence when our new candidates come in for their interviews. If you could not relate to the image of signing day for prospects maybe I need to try a different sports analysis... Major League Baseball opens its Spring Training season this coming Sunday. Seems to be happening a bit early to me but it must be the right time to get ready for the upcoming season.

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant." ECCLESIASTES 3:1-2

And now is also the time for spring training for vocation prospects. I am headed up to Minnesota today to see a man who is making application to join us in August. Next week I take three new men on a week-long mission tour. After that we will be making a few different vocation trips but this spring we will also be hosting a  number of men who will be completing their application and coming to our headquarters for their interviews. None of them may be ready to go up to the major leagues their first day here but that is why we have spring training... Time to loosen up the muscles and get ready for the long season of seminary training ahead of them.

Pray for all the men who will be applying to Glenmary this spring and those who continue to discern where god is calling them to serve. Glenmary's Home Mission prayer can be found on our website.

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