A message from our Vocation Director Fr. Joseph Pasala, SS.CC.

Fr. Joseph Pasala, ss.cc.

What is a vocation? It is a life-path of service, chosen with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as well as others in the Church, in order to receive and share in the abundance of life promised by Jesus, when He said, “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).

 

In our Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, that abundant life is closely connected with the amazing and life – changing love of God, symbolized by the Hearts of Jesus and Mary – joined together, consumed by Love.  Theirs is a threefold love, encompassing not only love for each other and for the infinite Creator, God, but also a loving compassion for others. This three-fold love is what led our founders, Father Pierre Coudrin and Mother Henriette Aymer, affectionately called the Good Father and the Good Mother, to establish a spiritual family on Christmas Eve in 1800. Approved and given a structure of organization and life by Rome, we became a religious congregation. Now over 200 years old, we have retained our original virtues of Family Spirit, Eucharistic Adoration and Courageous Compassion, as we continue to develop new pathways.

 

As a young man, Saint Damien De Veuster,ss.cc., was called by the same love of God that has always permeated our Congregation, and he responded with a unique zeal. Despite the fact that his parents were counting on him to carry on the family business, he asked them to give their consent for his religious vocation. While in formation, our congregation grew in Damien, giving him inner strength, practical wisdom, and tender compassion.  As a young missionary priest, when he encountered the enormous deprivation and suffering of the leprosy (Hansen’s disease) patients exiled to the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i, he was ready to freely offer his life to serve them.

 

For sixteen years, Saint Damien became their caretaker, priest, nurse and laborer until he himself contracted the dreaded disease. Before dying, he said, “How sweet it is to die as a child of the Sacred Hearts.” Even in his suffering, he wanted the world to know that that he had found the abundant life promised by Christ! By all that he said and did, Saint Damien made it possible for humanity to know more fully the tender mercy and solidarity that comes from the Heart of Christ!

 

If the Heart of Christ and your own heart are telling you to take a chance on a vocation, please contact me and see what your future could be. I would love to help you know your own heart and the Heart that blesses and empowers ours beloved Congregation with so much Love and Spirit! I look forward to hearing from you.

Fr Joseph Pasala, ss.cc

(508) 993-2442 Ext. 205

vocations@sscc.org

Fairhaven, MA

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