Companions on a Redemptorist’s journey to his final vows
Br David Hore is pictured (centre) with Br Neville Sinnappah (left) and Br Gerard Louis
By Br David Hore, CSsR
People play a key role in any vocation journey. Over the last eight years many people have walked with me on my journey to final vows.
They have offered me encouragement, support, wisdom and strength.
I have relied on them during the difficult times and I have celebrated with them during the happy times.
It is through these relationships that God is often revealed and experienced.
It was fitting then that for my ceremony of perpetual profession of vows I be surrounded by some of the people who have been so important throughout my life.
Family, fellow Redemptorists, friends, people with whom I’ve worked in ministry, lecturers and fellow students with whom I’ve studied all came and shared this special celebration with me.
It was an opportunity to gather and give thanks to God.
Final profession was also an occasion to affirm my commitment to the Redemptorists. From this commitment and sense of belonging flows a strong belief that the spirituality and example of St Alphonsus, our founder, have much to offer our hurting world of today.
His life was focused on proclaiming the lavishness of God’s love for all people, particularly for the poor and neglected.
He was a voice for the voiceless.
He recognised that an intimate relationship with God is possible for all people.
All that St Alphonsus was and did flowed from his own deep and intimate experience of a caring and approachable God of love.
We are all called to be courageous proclaimers of the Gospel.
May we respond generously to God’s call in each of our lives.
May St Alphonsus be an inspiration for all of us to work tirelessly in building a fairer and more decent society.