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Thursday, February 15, 2007

A reading lesson

According to the Rule for Dominican Laity, "study of the signs of the times" is one of the "principal sources of Dominican formation." Let's practice reading this sign, from the vocations blog for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph:
27 men attended the February 9-11, 2007 vocation weekend. Two had to bring sleeping bags for lack of beds!
Those brand new to sign reading might interpret this as meaning that next year there will be 27 novices in formation for the province. Attendance at a vocation weekend, though, does not by itself imply a vocation.

Those with more experience will find this a hopeful sign, while leaving precise numbers up to God. True enough, I think, but there's more to it than that.

The masters at reading signs know that, wherever you can't find enough beds, you can find a capital campaign.