PODCAST | A Calling to do “Great Things” for God

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In this podcast, Fr. Donncha O’hAodha helps us consider that the Christian vocation to holiness rests upon our ability to let God work in and through us. So often we may believe that becoming saints is a matter of our own personal striving. Yet “holiness, to a great degree,” he says, is “letting God work.”

He continues: “It’s not a matter of gritting my teeth and straining my muscles…holiness is fundamentally going at God’s pace. It’s saying to Our Lord, with the spirit of Mary…’Let it be done unto me according to your word.'” If we want to become saints, we must allow Our Lord to shine forth in us according to His will.

At the Wedding Feast of Cana, Mary notices the lack of wine and tells the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Jesus says, to each of us, “Fill up these jars to the brim.” We too will give all we can, without holding anything back. But then we will let Our Lord transform our efforts, “our poor water,” into the choicest wine.

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Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha

Born in Galway in the West of Ireland, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha studied English and French Literature at National University of Ireland. He worked as a secondary school teacher for a few years prior to being ordained for the Opus Dei Prelature in 2001. He lives in Dublin where he carries out his ministry mainly with young people.

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