Happy New Year!

Maple Leafs

 

The past two weeks have been interesting to say the least. The temperature has ranged from near zero all the way up to 68 degrees. It snowed here on Christmas Day for the first time since the 1890’s, and just a couple days later we were airing out the house and enjoying the warm temperatures.

We had a nice quiet Christmas here at home, and then just a few days ago, my sister came to visit us from Kentucky.

At Mass on Christmas evening our priest asked us to bring home Elijah’s Cup, to pray for vocations. It is an incredible honor to bring the chalice used to celebrate the Eucharist into your home, and we were delighted to do so.

 

Each day we prayed for our bishops, priests, deacons, and everyone the Lord may be calling into his service. Each family keeps Elijah’s Cup for a week, writes in the accompanying journal, and then returns the chalice the next weekend. Here is the entry I made in the journal.

We were honored on Christmas night when Father Rafael asked us to bring Elijah’s Cup into our home. As the parents of three young sons, we can’t help but wonder what God has planned for their lives or what their true vocations will be. We pray that God calls them to His service, and if He does, that they answer their call with love and humility.

Elijah’s Cup is a beautiful symbol of the importance of vocations as well as a subtle reminder that we, as lay people, should never stop praying for those vocations.

During our time with Elijah’s Cup, we prayed for Father Rafael, Deacon Gary, our seminarian Phillip, as well as all of the priests, deacons, and seminarians of the Church. We prayed for Matthew, George, Timothy and everyone who is currently discerning their vocation in service to our Lord, but just as importantly, we prayed for the layity of our church, so that they too may seek the call of God in their lives and use their chosen vocations to honor His glory.

We were blessed to spend this week with Elijah’s Cup, and we pray for the next family that will take the Cup into their home. May their blessings, like Elijah’s Cup itself, never run dry.

I know there is no “magic” in Elijah’s Cup, but we returned it during Mass this evening and the house feels emptier. My sister is leaving in the morning, so it will feel even emptier when we come home from Mass in the morning.

I can’t think of a better way to end 2010 and begin 2011, than spending the final week of the year with family, enjoying their company, hosting Elijah’s Cup, and praying for vocations.

Happy New Year!