I was speaking with our local parish priest/rector the other day and I was shocked to hear some of the statements that he's received from our parishioners. He has discussed the need for priests to numerous members of our church family and he also regularly asks for prayers for vocations. Many of them agree with our need, but they've openly stated, "but not my son(s)." The audacity to make such a selfish comment flabbergasts me. Granted, at least they're honest. Nonetheless, to acknowledge and be capable of meeting a need yet chose to do otherwise just seems wrong to me.
I have three young sons and every time we pray the prayer for vocations, I instinctively tell God that He can have as many of them as He likes (they are His to begin with). I would personally be honored to have sons who became priests. Don't misunderstand me, I don't think I'm any better than the next guy - I''m just as much in need (if not more) of Christ's grace as anyone else.
Why is there such a negative attitude toward vocations in our society? Have we become that selfish? We have bigger homes, more cars, more toys, more money, and less kids. Recently, we had the pleasure of having a Nigerian bishop visit us and one of exhortations was to have more children. I agree with him. It seems we've become so enamored with chasing the "dream" that we've lost sight of what's truly needful in our lives. We have this infinite hole that we're attempting to fill with finite "stuff".
I look at our society (myself included) and I can't help be feel discouraged. Nonetheless, I am encouraged by the thought that God will turn the tide - but, in my own fickle wisdom, I hope it's sooner than later. However, I want to do something positive rather than just gripe about it. Anyone have any thoughts?