This is the ordination to the diaconate and the celebration of God’s calling in a formal way. This is usually marked with a sacramental celebration and is a time of great joy for those with a vocation to this ministry and for the whole Church.
The path is far from complete and it will continue to take me on many ups and downs, leading towards the cross of Christ. But this same Christ is always the companion on the journey until we encounter the face of Jesus and He leads us deeper into the “past-all-graspness of the pathless God” (Fr Karl Rahner)
Prayer of Saint Francis Lord,
make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.