.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Spain reminded the Christian community last week that it needs to be committed to the promotion and formation of priestly vocations and said the decline in the number of priests should not be passively accepted as a âsign of the times.â
In their message for Seminary Day, the bishops encouraged the faithful to strengthen their faith and hope âin the conviction that God continues calling peopleâ who are capable of devoting themselves to service in the priesthood. He added that no matter how many seminarians there areâcurrently there are 1,300 in Spainâthey are always âa gift from God for which we must show appreciation and gratitude.â
Considering the need that the Church has of more priests, the bishops continued, listening to the call of God and following this vocation is âto understand the essential place of this ministry in the life of the Church and the importance of its mission in the world.â
The bishops said that the theme for Seminary Day this year, âIf you hear his voice,â refers to the inability to listen that characterizes the dominant culture, where ânoise and so-called sound pollutionâ prevail, as well as the loss of interior silence. âIt is urgent that we recover the concept of silence, because listening and silence go hand in hand,â the bishops explained.
In their statement, the bishops invited the faithful to pray that the Lord âwould continue granting priests to his Church,â since praying for vocations is a fundamental aspect of priestly vocation ministry.