This weekend is vocation awareness weekend. “Vocation” means more than a priestly or religious life. There are many vocations within the Church. Marriage is also a vocation. Religious life is a vocation. The chosen single life is a vocation. A vocation helps us live out our service to God. One first chooses how they are called to serve and then figures out which vocation best fits their calling.
If you have yet to figure out your vocation, actively look into it, pursue it, and live it with a vengeance! Choose rather than settle for what is left to you. If you are already in a vocation, start today to rededicate yourself to your vocation. Let it never grow cool. Be a person on fire, fully alive, living your life and your vocation to the fullest. Be a light to others; a fire burning brightly and remarkably in a world that so desperately needs it.
Someone asked about a communion wafer on a hamburger. (See yesterday's comments.) One of the great things about being a Catholic is knowing the difference between an indelicacy and an indecency. This one, however runs very close to the indecency. Long time readers of Adam's Ale may be a bit surprised that I don't come down more directly and harshly on this matter. Whereas I would never go to this restaurant, there may be more here than meets the eye and may point toward a deeper problem that this highlights.
It should be pointed out that even though they do use a communion wafer it does not mean a direct assault on the Catholic Church. Other denomination also use communion wafers. Let us make the grand assumption for the moment that they are good, practicing, non-Catholic Christians. It may simply be that they do not have the same idea of what the wafer signifies as it does Catholics. After all, if it is simply a symbol for example, so is bread. Does that mean that we cannot use bread on our hamburger because it is a symbol of Christ Who says, "I am the Bread of Life"? Of course not.
This is yet another reason we do not randomly say, "Do you believe in Christ? Then come to the altar and receive the Eucharist." Someone may indeed believe in Christ, may believe that the host is somehow connected to Christ, but then see no reason why it (unconsecrated) c
ouldn't be put on top of a hamburger.
With this in mind, I would not step foot in the establishment but would be moved to write a very kind note explaining why and wait to see if any kind of action takes place. Who knows? Maybe the best kind of evangelization might take place because of this faux pas. Nothing will happen if we let it slide under the table, not movement toward the unity to which Christ calls us if either we eat the hamburger with no comment or willy nilly share the Eucharist.