i am thankful for my vocation

today, i celebrate 31 years as a missionary son of the immaculate heart of the blessed virgin mary (claretian missionary)

much of what i wrote a year ago still applies– https://frarthurcmf.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/30-years-as-a-claretian-missionary/

so this morning, i just highlight the word thanksgiving. when i step back and really look at what i have been given in life, i can only thank the Lord for blessings and grace that are pure gift.

the reading from yesterday’s evening prayer touched my heart and is timely for my anniversary:

“…may you be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.”

i want to continue to live in “joyful thanksgiving” in all things

so i offer this prayer for my vocation


  1. Steve Niskanen says:

    I’m thankful for your vocation, too! It’s nice to have a Seattle connection in the Claretians. My spirit is for the world, but my heart is in the Northwest!

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    1. frarthurcmf says:

      amen amen my buddah bruddah!! the PNW is part of the world too


  2. lannyjlarson says:

    Steve took the words right out of my keyboard. Your down-to-earth and spiritual wisdom are a perfect blend of good and faithful advice, reminding us all that we have a place in the world and a responsibility to do right by that gift. Keep up the enlightening, uplifting messages and happy anniversary.

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    1. frarthurcmf says:

      lanny, you are too kind. thank you. if you were my confessor, your view of me would shift downward fast. Godspeed


  3. beccamac2001 says:

    Blessings on your anniversary!
    🎉Have a beautiful day!
    Hugs to you and your sweet mama!
    Steve and Bec

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    1. frarthurcmf says:

      thanks a million becca. i am glad you had a good road trip!


  4. Olivia P. Aguirre says:

    Happy 31st Anniversary Fr. Art,!! Thank you for saying yes to God’s calling. Have a blessed & joy filled day!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. frarthurcmf says:

      olivia, God bless and grace you in abundance!! thanks so much for your kind words. i pray that you and yours are doing well and staying safe


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